Life Skills on the road

So tonight is one of those nights I don’t have an article to post but rather a short story to tell. I was in the car with my eighteen year old son. Now he’s graduated from high school, he will be start to participate in the fall, in what’s called a Vocation Skills Program where he will be working (though not earning a paycheck) and also learning life skills for what could be up to three years or until he ages out of the school district.

Anyway, I was taking him to his summer job this morning, where he does get paid, when it suddenly occurred to me I had the opportunity to teach him about how to get to his job. We talked a little about what direction we were going and what road we would need to get to in order for him to get to work. Now while that was all we talked about for a couple of minutes, it was a start.

Tomorrow will do it all over again after I pick him up at his mom’s house and we discuss how to get to our house. One day at a time and one story at a time. I guess the old saying is true, everything is a teachable moment. At least if you keep your eyes open.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

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

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