Tag Archive: school

Oct 17 2014

The Blue Squirrel and the Black Zebra

This is Jake’s first year riding a bus.  He gets dropped off at school every day by Beth, but he and Liv ride a bus back towards the elementary school, where they meet Beth (who works there now) and Gabe.  They all go home together.  Because of the number of buses that pick up at …

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Sep 05 2014

The Routine – Adventures in Autism

I had the unenviable, though highly enjoyable, task of getting the kids off to school all by myself this week.  Beth’s starting a new job, and needed to be out of town for training.  She had to leave by 6 every morning, so the house was up and moving a little earlier than usual anyway. …

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Sep 02 2014

Day One – A Look Back

Day One Review I love meal times like the one we had tonight! Beth got home earlier than expected, and it was nothing but “Mom!” “Mom!” “Mom!” for our entire meal time. Everybody was fighting to get to be the one who got to tell Mom all about their first day at school. And when …

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Oct 30 2013

If At First You Don’t Succeed …

This is a tale of humor, scratched heads, plan Bs, and spray paint. My Jake has a long history of struggling with transitions.  Both entering and leaving school are just such examples.  He’d bolt up to the school, or he’d tear off into the parking lot for his mother.  Something had to be done to …

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Oct 24 2013

Have We All Gone Mad?

I’m still processing, so bear with me should my train of thought derail.  I wanted to write while things are still fresh in my head. I spent the day at the Maine School Management Association’s 40th Annual Fall Conference.  I’m a school board member in my hometown, so I got to go. The first “clinic” …

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Oct 01 2013

Success/Failure Balance

“Success begets success” I had a teacher once (Don Gnecco, pronounced like the wafer) who used to say that all the time.   It was his belief that if someone attempted something and was successful in that attempt, they would store away the feeling of having accomplished something, and would therefore be more willing to …

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Sep 19 2013

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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