Cue the tears…

I was going to simply update the file attached to Back to what now? but then Caleb’s teacher of the last two years returned her portion of the Positive Student Profile. It brought tears to my eyes as I read her “tips” on educating and supporting Caleb.

How often do you find a . . . → Read More: Cue the tears…

Back to what now?

My facebook feed is lighting up this week with picture after picture of kids heading back to school. First, I have to say whaaaa? Caleb just finished 3rd grade two weeks ago, how are you all back in school?? Labor Day is the end of summer, no one should be back in school before the . . . → Read More: Back to what now?

Yes, and…

I know I keep talking about that Leadership series (here, here, here, here, here, here and here) but it was life changing and I’m still adapting to my new outlook…so bear with me while I continue processing.

One of the activities we did during the series was the “Yes, and” vs the “No, but” . . . → Read More: Yes, and…

It is IEP season, let’s make them suck less!

“Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, Boston, Massachusetts“by rolando000 is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

This is every parent of a child with special needs’ favorite time of year (and if you buy that, I have a gorgeous bridge for sale in Boston…the Zakim, you’ll love it!) Every year at this time the . . . → Read More: It is IEP season, let’s make them suck less!

The same story, told twice.

Two weeks ago, a notice was sent home in Caleb’s backpack. The notice went out to all of the children at his school and informed them of a series of field trips and activities that would be taking place during vacation week. Parents were asked to return the permission slip and a check to . . . → Read More: The same story, told twice.

Two perspectives.

Yesterday, Caleb’s teacher shared some photos with us of Caleb enjoying science class at school. Eric brought his phone to me, started the slideshow and my initial smile turned to sobs…mascara running down my face…can’t catch my breath…ache in my chest…sobs. He was absolutely mystified with my reaction because the photos…here look…

The photos . . . → Read More: Two perspectives.

Back to school for Caleb means…back to school for us, too.

This morning, Eric and I spoke to the 3rd grade at Caleb’s school about fragile X and Caleb. We did this last October but we wanted to get in there early this year so, one week in, and we’re done. Caleb’s teacher and the other inclusion teachers were all very excited that we were . . . → Read More: Back to school for Caleb means…back to school for us, too.

Simply amazed…

Eric relayed the following story to me when they picked me up after work.

Caleb’s teacher (who is awesomeness, dipped in awesomesauce…she came to hang out with Caleb Monday after school so we could go to volunteer training for the fragile X clinic!) has been working with him on not blurting out questions…also on . . . → Read More: Simply amazed…

All is still not exactly perfect.

Eric and I had an interesting IEP meeting yesterday. We are still having meetings every 4-6 (mostly 6) weeks, per his IEP, even though I’m not sure we need it now. Things have been going so smoothly with his team. We love his teacher, the aid, the specialists and the school. LOVE them! . . . → Read More: All is still not exactly perfect.