Why Lola Won’t Be Going to School This Year

Today is the first day of school for kids going to the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ISBVI). Lola would normally be waking up at 5:45 a.m. I’d be trying to get her to eat a little something before her long ride to ISBVI. She’d wait patiently outside, knowing the bus would be coming to pick her up soon. She’d ride with her friends and listen contently as her bus driver, Terri, and bus monitor, Toshua, sang to her. She’d be greeted at ISBVI by familiar faces and welcoming voices. She’d know she was back to her pre-summer routine. But today Lola is sleeping in. We will still rush around because nothing is more chaotic than corralling two young kids in the morning. We will...
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Trying New “Methods”

It is interesting how life has a way of laying out a path for you especially when you are seeking a road less travelled. It was last June when I stumbled into the “Special Needs” section at Barnes & Noble…a store I rarely visit, but just happened to tag along into that particular day. I perused several titles and one title in particular stood out to me: Kids Beyond Limits– Breakthrough results for children with by autism, Aspberger’s, brain damage, ADHD, and undiagnosed developmental delay by Anat Baniel. I flipped through several pages and knew instantly it was a book worth purchasing. I loved that the focus of the Method was to work with a child’s abilities rather than sequestering them based on their dis-abilities. At that point...
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