Tag: education

Jake’s Sophomore Year

Things can and must change.  This is the nature of things.  Also the nature of boys.  Jake is a newly minted Sophomore this year, and he’s already off and running.  The school has a new principal, and Jake has been talking about how much he wants to “respect Mr. Ring” for weeks.  He has promised …

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BigCalfGuy Book Club Review: I Am Malala

I read “I Am Malala” after seeing Malala Yousafzai on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She was so poised and confident, despite her small stature and even smaller voice. I was compelled to learn her story. Especially after she told Jon that she didn’t even hate the man who shot her in the face. …

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Unexpected Intelligence

This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, but guess what?  People are different.  People think differently.   People have different strengths. When I went to University of New England, all of the incoming Freshmen took a battery of tests in order to determine our individual learning styles.  This way, we could be aware of what …

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The Shoulders of Giants

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“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” -Sir Isaac Newton
Though often incorrectly credited to Sir Newton, the point of this quote is that together, more can be done than by working alone.

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Helping Your Child With Autism Succeed In School

At the heart of autism is an expressive/receptive language disorder. Stereotypically, kids with autism have trouble expressing themselves, and trouble receiving the information given to them by others. This leads to kids who often feel anxious in new situations, and have trouble making friends. Here’s how you can help:

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Mom’s Angry Letter Backfires

First, a little back story. Do you remember the letter, featured on Yahoo back on Aug 19th about the anonymous “pissed off mother” who had left the angry letter on Max Begley’s grandmother’s door?  Max has autism, and stays with his grandmother during the day in the summer. 

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Autism Parents And Schools – On The Same Team

This may well have been titled – “Partnering With Schools.” Now that school’s back in session, many Autism Parents (the term I’ll use) are again turning their thoughts towards those semi-annual nightmares – IEPs. IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan.  This is the special doctrine or mandate that outlines in writing the expectations that parents, …

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