Teachers

Okay, it’s been a while since I’ve post and it was because of technical issues. So anyway, I want to start back up with an article that I read today and truly enjoyed. It’s entitled “I Actually Thanked a Teacher” by Bob Greene over at the Wall Street Journal.

As usual, the Wall Street Journal has limited access but I was fortunate enough to find most of article over at another blog entitled Live & Learn by David Kanigan and so I thought I would share it that way.

The reason I think I appreciate the article so much is for the fact that how much I appreciate the teachers that have taught my oldest son. Over the years, they’ve always asked how’s he doing? So this article is for all teachers. Thank you!

Sincerely-

    

Autism Librarian

Teachers, therapists & support staff

Looking back over the years I know my son wouldn’t be where he is today without some amazing teachers, therapists and support staff. The teacher he’s had for the last three plus years at his high school has just been incredible.

The therapist in tonight’s article entitled “Teacher creates tennis ball chair to help students with autism with sensory issuesby Joi-Marie McKenzie over at ABC News is another. While she is just a first-year speech-language pathologist, I can’t begin to tell you how grateful parents are for people like Amy Maplethorpe. God bless her!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Thank you!

I came across this article today and it remind me that I should say thank you to all the teachers and aids that crossed my son’s path along the way. Now that’s not to say that it didn’t require work on my part but they definitely did the bulk of the work when it came to his schooling.

The article that reminded me is entitled “To the Teachers Who’ve Helped My Son With Autism” by Brian Welch over at The Mighty. So thank you to everyone in the Kirkwood School District, from Dr. Clay to Ms. Taylor and everybody in between. It’s been a good ride and I’m forever grateful for all that you’ve done.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Good teachers are hard to keep

When I read this article, I read it with some understanding. Many moons ago, I was a substitute teacher in the St. Louis Special School District. Little did I know I would later have a son with autism.

The article I’m posting tonight is one I’m sure many teachers there and elsewhere, can relate too. Why I didn’t substitute long, I have at least an inkling of what she’s talking about. As a parent however, I also know what she’s talking about.

The article is entitled “It’s Not Easy Teaching Special Ed” by Lee Hale over at NPR. All I can say is god bless Ms. Taylor, my son’s SSD teacher. She’s a god send.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Special abilities

When I talk about my son and his autism, I don’t use the term disability, I use the words special abilities. I do that because he has abilities, that while they may be different than mine, are no less special than mine.

When I came across this article recently, I just thought that this is the kind of teacher that we all need. Someone who builds you up with praise. Something I think that we all need.

The article/video is entitled “The Brilliant Way This Special Ed Teacher StartsClass Every Day” by over at TheMighty. As I’ve said before, good stuff.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

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