First of all, let me say I am all for teachers. Teachers (good ones) saved me. Educators work harder than most people, at jobs that are more important than most jobs, for less money than a lot of jobs, and I thank them. The vast majority are hard working people who really care about kids.… [Continue Reading]
CAVEAT: I am not a trained therapist. This is not professional advice. I do have a degree in special ed, but it’s been 30 years since I took those courses. This is just my opinion based on my life and observation. It may seem odd for me to be writing about friendship because –… [Continue Reading]
On Quora someone asked if people with Asperger’s understand the word “Taboo”. I gave a brief answer there, but I thought I’d follow it up here, especially because I have NVLD, not AS.
What is Peter on about now? Praise your kids for what they’re bad at? OK, not their bad behavior “Good job yelling at Mommy!” no – that’s not what I mean at all. But our LD kids get so little praise. And they try so hard. And, for our 2E kids, it’s even worse.
Teasing. It’s so tricky. Teasing can be mean or playful. It can be a way to bond or a way to hurt. But … how to tell?
50 years ago, when my mother and Elizabeth Friedus were starting the Gateway School of New York (for me!) they had to raise money (there was no support for such schools at the time). So, they met with parents (more or less exclusively mothers) of children who might attend. One woman said she did not… [Continue Reading]
I am not a neat person. I don’t notice absence of neatness and I don’t know what to do about when I notice it. I think the former is mostly because I am so non-visual while the latter is due to my poor coordination and motor planning. I am not sure how common messiness is… [Continue Reading]