Category Archives: Education

Thoughts on Common Core from Arne Duncan’s “White Suburban Mom”

I haven’t been blogging much… Too busy helping my children with special needs navigate the new world order of education thanks to the Common Core initiative adopted by NY state courtesy of John King et. al. But, Arne Duncan’s recent … Continue reading

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Splitting Twins In School

My Boys are pretty much on par developmentally and academically with each other such that one does not overshadow the other… Ever! That’s always been the thought process. So, splitting them up because one would talk for the other was never … Continue reading

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Tis the Season… The Season of CSE Stress!

Two months ago it started; I asked for a team meeting. I needed information as I was considering a summer camp program for The Boys. I requested input regarding what their summer recommendation might look like. I asked what “the … Continue reading

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Diagnosis 911: Is it really ADHD?

After 5 months of counseling, we have a working diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD without the hyperactivity) with secondary Anxiety, a touch of perfectionism and perhaps a smidge of OCD. I see the Psychiatrist to get the official diagnosis for the … Continue reading

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Down Syndrome Awareness — "Back to School" Grass Roots Advocacy — Part III

My Offer-to-Speak Letter This is the 3rd post in a series about the Grass Roots Advocacy efforts I’ve undertaken on behalf of children with Down syndrome. I call my think-globally, act-locally advocacy efforts “Back to School” Grass Roots Advocacy. While … Continue reading

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Down Syndrome Awareness — "Back to School" Grass Roots Advocacy for All People with Down Syndrome – Part II

Getting Your Foot In the Door and Growing ItOur Early Intervention Social Worker opened the door for us. Ellen — also known as Professor Paige — who doubles as an adjunct Professor at Nassau Community College scheduled me, the boys … Continue reading

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Impatient For Change — Down Syndrome Advocacy

I recently attended the “Best Practices in Educating Children With Down Syndrome” conference sponsored by http://dsafonline.org/ and held at LIU/CW Post Campus on Long Island in March. I gathered so much information with which to go forward and make more … Continue reading

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