Special Report

Normally I save headlines for Mondays.  But this is just too special.  A whole series following a school year in a special needs classroom.

In this particular case, the teacher has a harder job because most of the parents don’t bother.  It’s an area that’s 90% below the poverty level, and very rampant with addiction and crime (that’s among the parents.)  So, that doesn’t apply to you all – the very fact you’re reading this shows that you care.  But it does highlight the classroom, what’s taught, and the struggles of the very beautiful teacher named, Lynne Eash.

Please read this special series of articles starting here.

Clinton’s Autism Plan – Monday Headlines

If you’re interested in Hillary Clinton’s Autism Plan, then be sure to read this article.

From NBC/NJ’s Athena Jones
SIOUX CITY, IA — Hillary Clinton used the first stop on a two-day, post-Thanksgiving swing through Iowa on Saturday to lay out a $700 million a year plan to help people affected by autism. The money would be spent for research and provide support for families and teachers dealing with the disorder, as well as for autistic children and adults.

 Read Full Article Here

 What do you think?

Monday Headlines – Time Out Rooms

School district’s use of seclusion rooms questioned

The Leon County School District’s use of seclusion or “time-out” rooms has prompted a formal complaint to the state by the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities.

See Full Article Here

I’m going to withhold my opinion on this one…  I want you to tell ME what you think about this.  But, I will tell you which part most disturbs me:

Although the rooms are not considered “locked,” according to Spisso, a child cannot get out of the room unless an adult from the other side of the door opens it or the school’s fire alarm automatically releases the lever.


Q&A Friday

I’m not hearing from you!  Speak up!  What do you want/need to know?

Thursday – Tools That Rule

Today’s tool is WebMD.  I know that seems a little, I don’t know, easy or something.  And really, some of us need to stay away from Dr. Google as it seems to get us into more trouble.  While I don’t necessarilly use WebMD to diagnose, I DO use it as a danger eliminator.

In other words, knowing that the high fever my kid has isn’t something to run to the ER about, especially one hour into it, with no other symptoms.  Or that projectile vomiting sucks, but doesn’t mean Linda Blair’s come to roost in your home.  Or that that the red splotches all over my body are not, in fact, flesh eating bacteria.

Not that I’ve ever checked on those things, no, not at all.

It’s also great for defining things.  Like when your neighbor tells you that he has some disease you’ve never heard of – now you can look it up.

In addition, it’s very fact based, nothing alarmist, and has other links to other resources.  It’s one tool I definitely use.

What tools do you want to highlight?  What do you want me to find?  Let me know…

Past Tools That Rule 

bit of a break

I’m taking a bit of a break to deal with a sick Joseph at home.  I’ll hopefully be back writing tomorrow.

Tuesday Blogger

I don’t have any interviews for you today…  They haven’t yet been returned.  As soon as they are, this feature will be back in place.

Monday Headlines – Newborn heart defects linked to brain

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 9 (UPI) — Avoiding some of the mental and physical impairments linked to congenital heart disease may require surgery in utero, U.S. and Canadian researchers suggest.

See Full Article Here

 You know…  From a layman’s perspective (meaning mine) this totally makes sense.  Logan definitely is behind.  He’s always been behind his peers, which we’re finding out for sure in Kindergarten now.  There’s talk of keeping him back an extra year.  That decision won’t actually be made until later.  But it’s like everything is normal, just as if he were younger.  And we’ve always said he was young for whatever age he was.  So, if, as the article speculates, his brain is similar to that of a premie due to his heart condition, it certainly makes sense.

Anyone else see this in their child with heart defects?

Friday Q&A

No one had anything to say this week (except in personal comments to me about my son’s conference) so…

This is a reminder…  Friday Q&A…  YOU talk back!  Is there a tool you want me to check out?  A rant to get out?  A question?  Something confusing you about your kid’s case?  That’s what this space is for.

Tools That Rule – Wikipedia

OK… For today’s tool I chose Wikipedia.

Now, I know that seems strange, but here’s my reasoning.

Wikipedia (IPA: /ËŒwiːkiˈpiːdiÉ™/ or /ËŒwɪkiˈpiːdiÉ™/) is a multilingual, web-based, free content encyclopedia project. The name Wikipedia is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a type of collaborative website) and encyclopedia. Wikipedia’s articles provide links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

You see…  people have done the research for you.  So – even if you don’t take the actual information at face value, you can certainly take a look at their links and resources on a  given subject and then make your own conclusions.

For example, here are the Wikipedia pages for some of the conditions we’ve already talked about here:

I mean you can go on and on and on.  But basically it condenses your search to the research people have already done, making your searching more efficient.  And that, my friends, is a tool.