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Parent-Teacher Teamwork and a Dash of the Unexpected Help Coax Breakthroughs for Special Needs Kids

August 16, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

When you’re parenting a special needs child, only someone running in your shoes can really understand the marathon of challenges associated with educating that child.

As a former parent educator at a major university in California, and a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, I understand the importance of educating our special children.  It takes a village to raise a child.  And when that child has special needs, it sometimes takes a village, the neighboring village, and a tribe of warriors!

Finding balance between a child’s disability, a quality education and some fun innovative experimentation, is the greatest challenge of all.  With all the therapies, behavioral plans, IEPs, etc., that our kids are subjected to, it’s easy to lose sight of one of the simplest and effective educational tactics: Teamwork.  Yes, teamwork, between you and your child’s Special Ed Teacher.   Read the rest of this entry →

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Traveling with Children on the Autism Spectrum

October 12, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Why on earth might someone take eight kids with Asperger’s Syndrome and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (NLD) to Central America?  After all, Spectrum disorders and rainforests can be a messy combination.  But who am I to turn down a free vacation?   Read the rest of this entry →

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