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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thank You

A year ago today, my 4-year-old daughter was scared to run. She cried at the playground and clung to my leg. She could not pump on a swing, climb the monkey bars or enjoy a see-saw. She shrieked in fright when a pack of 4-year-old boys and girls came too close. She feared the bathroom. Her... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Kids Have Feeling Too

My daughter would like to know who is on the phone. She has been cooperative all morning and shared with her brother. But now, she begs for my attention. The scene: 4 year old:”Mommmmy, who are you talking to?” Myself (preoccupied):”Mmmm” 4 year old (shrill): “WHO?” Myself (scattered): Um Hum 4 year... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Letting Go

We have dreams and expectations for our children. We are sure that they will be successful. Perhaps they will achieve what we were unable to accomplish. They will make ourselves and others proud. But many of us get a curve ball. A child who is totally different - it can be personality, motivation,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 5, 2008

A Parent's Pain

As professionals, we meet many moms and dads. We interact with their children and help them develop and acquire the skills necessary for life. We offer our insights, and make suggestions. As professionals, we care deeply about the children we treat, but at the end of the day we must move on. We go... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Thinking Fresh

Our kids are bombarded by technology beginning at birth. By the age of 4, many children can manipulate the computer better than their parents can ever dream to themselves. Our children’s attention spans continue to decrease as Wii becomes the favorite national pastime. The increased time they spend... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Remediation and Compensation

For many of us, our early experiences in the world of special needs feature those Hallmark inspirational moments. You know what I mean: the fable about the animal school, the story of the woman adjusting to Holland though she dreamed of Italy. And as long as we’re involved with children with special... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Dignity Of Risk

Learning can be difficult. Baby falls, bumps and bruises when learning to walk. Entry to the official Two-Wheeler-Bike- Rider-Club is almost never achieved without proud displays of skinned and bloody knees to prove success. Surviving sibling rivalry, playing sports, overcoming bullies at school,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Keep The Active Learning Process Alive!

By G. Grossman M.S. Ed. Four sisters, ages 12, 9, 6 and 3, sit on the floor of the den. Shiny beads carpet the floor around them as each child bends intently over her project. The older children help the younger children choose colors and form patterns, and each child revels in showing off the... Sign in to see full entry.

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