Struggling Learner

Music, Part I

He positioned the guitar to the left side of his body and held its long neck like a hunter with his prized goose. He looked straight ahead, his new dress shoes creaking as he ascended the three steps to the vast stage which consisted of one lone chair. The audience was oddly silent except for one lady who coughed. I sat there in the second row and wondered if my nine-year-old son had practiced enough. This was his first recital.... 

Twelve Reasons To Start Homeschooling This Fall

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to teach at home? Are you new to the whole idea of homeschooling? Maybe you're in the information-gathering stage, or perhaps you're already planning to begin homeschooling after summer.

Maybe you and your husband are ready to start teaching your kindergartner, or maybe you're just curious about the whole idea. Perhaps you're taking your kids out of the public school system. If so -- fantastic! You won't regret it.

A Tool for Managing Challenging Behavior

During my years as a classroom teacher, I often had students who had been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.  Usually, they were very caring little boys who were easily distractED and often demonstrated behavior that was highly distractING

There was only so much that I could do as a classroom teacher to get to the root of these problems. One day, however, a co-worker shared a tool that was quite useful in helping these very loving, intelligent, but challenging children become more cognizant of their actions.  She called it the ‘Rocket Race’.

Ten Things I Discovered About Motherhood

 

Here are 10 things I discovered as I lived and learned as a teacher of little boys:

Pulled from my journal entries over the years...

The years will fly.  Enjoy your kids today. Tell them (and show them) how much you love them!

Testing: Scores and S'Mores

I can’t believe how quickly the weeks and months are flying by.  My family and I actually have an invitation to a home school graduation ceremony this Month!  Apparently, the 2012-13 school year is rapidly coming to a close.   For many of you, standardized testing will be a part of your end of the year activities, and realizing how stressful the idea of testing can be; I thought I would direct you to a great article that Betty Statnick wrote a few years ago.  It’s called, Testing: Scores and S’Mores.

Light It Up Blue - World Autism Awareness Day

 

 

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, and to celebrate, thousands of people are coming together to “Light It Up Blue”. Find out more at www.autismspeaks.org.

 

 

 

Easter Joy! Activities and Traditions

 

Happy Easter, my friends.  I just love Easter—it is absolutely my favorite holiday!  The beauty of spring, new life, and most importantly, the message of this season and rock solid foundation of the Christian faith-- Christ crucified, risen from the dead, and coming again- are all reasons I enjoy celebrating this special, holy time with my family. 

The Accessibility Summit

I’m excited to tell you about an upcoming conference being held in the Washington D.C. area on April 19th-20th, 2013.  The 13th annual, ACCESSIBILITY SUMMIT is a conference designed for families/caregivers, churches, teachers, and other professionals connected to the special needs community.

This is a very organized and informative conference. I attended last year, and came away with resources and knowledge that I have referred to throughout the year. I am really looking forward to hearing this year’s keynote speakers.  They are...

Building a Network of Support for Families Homeschooling Children with Special Needs

   Recently, we have had many inquiries about how to find support groups and local resources that are specific to special needs. One mother shared her heart’s cry stating, “I need more than an expert to give me suggestions, I need friends with which to meet regularly.” Are there others out there who have this same need? I’m sure there are.    

 

Tackling Tricky High School Issues Part 2

  

A few weeks ago, I discussed some of the tricky high school issues that many families encounter related to homeschooling a teenager with special needs or learning disabilities.  Today, I will address a question we receive very frequently.  I hope you will find this information helpful!

 

Tackling Tricky High School Issues Part 1

Recently I presented a workshop for parents who have struggling teenagers. Tackling homeschooling through high school may seem like a daunting task already. There are often many additional questions that arise regarding “tricky” high school issues when one has a child with a learning disability or special challenges. Today, I thought I would share some of the frequently asked questions and answers regarding homeschooling struggling high school age students.

My Child Can Hear But...

   Several months ago I had the privilege of meeting Cheri Moore, a former special education teacher, who has been trained in Dr. Guy Berard’s Auditory Integration Training. She was kind enough to introduce me to Dr. Berard’s book, Hearing Equals Behavior and Dancing in the Rain, by Annabel Stehli.  Both books were  fascinating reads. Since that time, I’ve told people that I know just enough about Auditory Integration Training or AIT, to be dangerous!  With that said, I want to take this opportunity to tell you what I’ve learned, and how it may be helpful to your son or daughter. 

The Three R’s for Getting Started Homeschooling Kids with Special Challenges

   I have recently spoken to many members who are new to homeschooling and have children with special learning challenges. I have also had the opportunity to talk with seasoned homeschooling families who are now sailing into “unchartered waters”, due to facing a recent diagnosis of Autism and Aspergers. To be sure, there are countless families who are in similar “boats” and feeling waves of fear, doubt, loneliness, and quite frankly just overwhelmed and reeling with uneasiness.

Math- Help!

 

   Confession- I am not a math person.  I came to this conclusion while in high school.  I made good grades, but one day my Geometry teacher, who always began each school year by saying, “There are no dumb questions in this class.”; had to hold back spontaneous laughter after I challenged that statement with a sincere question...

 

Making Connections

  

   I enjoy the challenge of being an HSLDA Special Needs Consultant. At the end of a work day, my brain feels stretched~like I've had a terrific mental workout. I receive a wide variety of questions from our members. Anything from 'What's a good math program for a child who has dyscalculia?' to 'Can you tell me why I may need an IEP?'. 

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