Training for teachers

Tonight I went over to my son’s high school to go through his class schedule and meet his teachers. Now over the years I’ve often felt we got lucky in regard to some of the teachers he’s had and tonight I was reminded yet again of that.

I was talking to his Special School District teacher and as I said to her how happy I was to have already e-mailed all of his teachers early in the year (something I should have done years ago), she told me how she had the chance to train some of the teachers there in regards to working with kids with special abilities.

So when I saw this article, it too made me happy. It’s entitled “Special Education Training Efforts to get Millions” by Shaun Heasley over at Disability Scoop. Music to my ears!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Feelings

I have to say that not a day goes by when I don’t wonder what he’s feeling. I must admit however that little by little I feel like I’m making my way through his mind and what he’s thinking. Turns out I’m not the only one asking questions.

In the article entitled “Kids With Autism Describe Their Sensory Experiences” by at Science of Us, there was a study done recently in which twelve kids with autism where asked about their feelings. Check it out at BPS Research Digest (courtesy of the journal Autism). 

Thank you!

  

Autism Librarian

ABLE continuing to expand

I know recently that the state of Missouri passed legislation that creates ABLE or Achieving a Better Life Experience accounts for those with special abilities. Missouri however, is not along.  According to the article, “State Officials Plan For New ABLE AccountsBy 88 participants from 35 states met a couple of weeks ago in Chicago, Illinois to work on increasing those numbers.

The goal for Illinois was to work with other states to present federal rule makers suggestions on how to implement the process efficiently while also exploring a collaboration with other states. Here’s hoping that Missouri jumps at the opportunity to work with their neighbor. Go Missouri!

Now while the article states that more than twenty states have enacted similar legislation, according to a recent article over at Autism Speaks entitled “North Carolina 30th state to enact ABLE legislation“, the number of states now stands at thirty.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

On the green with autism

Golf has been one of my son’s favorite sports for quite some time. We even played a little one summer with a group from Special Olympics. Anyway, when I saw this article about a school for children with autism opened recently by pro golfer Ernie Els, I thought I have to post this.

The article is entitled “Ernie Els’ school for autistic children ‘a dream come true’” by over at Yahoo! it was a no brainer. Thank you Liezl, Ernie and Ben!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Unique potential

Today, my son had an appointment with his play therapist and little did I know it might be his last one for a while. He’s had a good summer and his maturity level seems to be moving up, though he’s a long way from being able to live on his own (if he ever gets there).

She even came up with a great career idea for him towards the end of his session, a museum guide. He had just finished talking about a war museum we went to while on vacation and it made perfect sense. He is so knowledgeable about wars. He of course, thought it was a bad idea.

Still, this article is a good one to help keep things in perspective when things do get tough. The article is entitled “Learning to embrace a child’s unique potential” by Jane Schoenfeld courtesy of the Learning Disabilities Association of America.

Good Night!

  

Autism Librarian

 

School Choice for Special-Needs Students

Unfortunately this is an article over at the Wall Street Journal that I can’t access but is well worth the read if you get the chance. I was gently reminded of this topic in the book I just finished An Uncomplicated Life by Paul Daugherty.

The article is entitled “School Choice for Special-Needs Students” by Thomas M. Chiapelas. Ironically enough, he’s from my hometown of St. Louis. If I find it somewhere else, I will pass it on.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian