Conference Night!

It is one of the big markers of the school year at least in my opinion.  It is the time for the school to have their first time to talk with you for your child’s school year.  When you have a typically developing child, conference night is one that can be stressful.  You hope all is going well with grades and social issues.

So of course conferences are important, but when you have a child with special needs this time is even more important.  Our Elizabeth has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Global Dyspraxia, which make school and daily life a great deal of work.

Let me share a little story of our first conference night for Elizabeth and it is called:

We did it so wrong Read the rest of this entry »

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I can remember volunteering in Michael’s  kindergarten class as they were learning the alphabet.

They sang the  alphabet song.

They played some instruments as they sang the song.

The teacher wrote the letters on the board and the children would yell out which ones they were.

There is no question that they were learning well.  In the “big ” or capital form.

The harder concept is to learn their counterpart called the “small” letter or lower case.

These lowercase letters are challenging.  Probably because their shapes are so different.

I know they usually appear on the charts, next to their capital counterparts. But sometimes that is not enough for your child to learn them and their sounds well. That’s especially the case for a child with special needs. Read the rest of this entry »

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