Ms. P and Mr. K Kenden met Ms. P two years ago. Her entrance into his life was a total game changer. I have read many stories about special bonds and the positive impacts teachers have with their students and I am so blessed I am able to share my son’s story about him [...]
How journaling has helped my son. Typical kids go to school and they share pieces of their lives with peers and teachers with ease. Classrooms and hallways are abuzz with news like: “We got a new puppy.” “My brother is home sick.” “I went to the aquarium this weekend. The otters are my [...]
How to advocate for a special needs student. I’m not someone often at a loss for words. I’ve spent most of my adult life in trial, teaching, and speaking. But, almost a year ago I was DM’d a question that has left me speechless. A teacher wrote me a “simple” inquiry. “How can [...]
One man with autism turned his interest in woodworking into a successful business.
As a school psychologist, I work in the public school system as part of a play-based assessment team. I am mostly responsible for evaluating children aged three to five for autism, emotional disturbance, and intellectual disability. Because I evaluate 3-5 year olds, it is often the very first experience the family has had with [...]
Smart devices that are a significant part of our lives are also important for individuals with autism. Author Hasan Elcik explores the benefits of smart devices to individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
Dear Miss N, By now school is in full swing. You’ve learned your student’s names and faces, you’re getting to know each of their likes and dislikes, and you’re still acquainting yourself with every child’s strengths and weaknesses, it takes time. Having said all of that, I’m fully aware that each of your students [...]
Ask Tamara. Your Questions Answered... You may never have thought of music therapy as a therapeutic learning tool for your child. Maybe it's something you've been curious about but haven't pursued, or you maybe you've never heard of it. Well, look no further! We asked Tamara Leszner-Rovet, an experienced and skilled music therapist, about the benefits [...]