Inspired by the 31for21 Down Syndrome Blog Challenge and happiness-project.com, I began this blog in pursuit of my own happiness while raising my 3 children -- including identical twins with Down syndrome. On these pages, I endeavor to document the bits and pieces of my life that bring me the most happiness and keep me focused on all the positive stuff going on.
Advocacy, Angels and Random Happy Thoughts. These are the threads of happiness that are inextricably woven through the cloth of my life. Staying focused and writing about these things is what keeps me Walking on the Happy Side of Life. I'd love it if you would "Take A Walk on the Happy Side" with me.
Category Archives: Education
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
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
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
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
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
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
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