Tuesday, January 12, 2010
SEE THE ABILITY not the disability!
Okay I AM a STRONG advocate for children. Lots of reasons - mainly because I have devoted my life to them. I've raised two of my own, taught in the school system 13 years, and now helping raise my grandchild. In the school system I was a remedial aide about eight years, they did away with that position, and then worked special needs the other five. I think my favorite was remediation - these kids wanted so hard to be like everyone else - and just weren't quite there. I have to tell you - I've seen some of them as grown ups - and they are just fine. They are late bloomers - every read Leo the Late Bloomer?
Not all will make it to be without issues - but who does - don't we all have issues? Some with autism, aspersers dyslexia, sensory, ADHD, and many others will be adapting all their life. Some will adapt better then others and of course it does matter to what degree they have it, the help they receive, and the earliest intervention as possible. Special needs is an expensive issue.
I think to when you first find out - it feels like a bullet has been sent into your heart and you have a hole. But then you do what you have to do and learn to face it -then you move on to take it on and deal with it.
What is Sensory Processing Disorder? Ever read the book The Princess and the Pea? She sleeps on about 50 mattresses - one on top of the other - and still feels the pea underneath the bottom one. This is Lucy Jane Miller - this video shows SPD.
All children are artists. the problem is how to keep them that way when they grow up. Picasso
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a neurologically-based, often familial, disorder which interferes with the acquisition and processing of language. Varying in degrees of severity, it is manifested by difficulties in receptive and expressive language, including phonological processing, in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and sometimes in arithmetic.
Dyslexia is not the result of lack of motivation, sensory impairment, inadequate instructional or environmental opportunities, or other limiting conditions, but may occur together with these conditions.
Although dyslexia is lifelong, individuals with dyslexia frequently respond successfully to timely and appropriate intervention.
Speaking on behave of children today - remember - no abuse is acceptable and look whose birthday this is - a specialist on child abuse - have you ever read her book on The Drama of the Gifted Child (gifted does not mean smart in this case - means a 'gift' if you can learn to call it that.).
Happy Birthday Alice Miller - Wikipedia
Alice Miller is a psychologist and author, noted for her work on child abuse in its many forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse and child sexual abuse. Miller studied and wrote about the effects of poisonous pedagogy upon children and lasting into adulthood, and the resulting effects on society as a whole.
Miller was born in Poland and in 1946 migrated to Switzerland. She gained her doctorate in philosophy, psychology and sociology in 1953 in Basel. She studied and practiced psychoanalysis for the next 20 years.
After 1973, she developed her own ideas about child development and psychology. She published her first three books in the late 1970s. In 1979, she stopped practicing as a psychoanalyst. She has continued to write and lecture on psychological issues.
A lot of information today - but it's important to me - my grandson has dyslexia, sensory, and ADHD! Our biggest sensory issue now is eating. When I tell people he is a poor eater - every one tells me that kids are just poor eaters, they had a poor eater, I should make him eat, I spoil him, they could make him eat - sorry, then you don't know oral sensory issues. HE CAN'T EAT! He must have separate plates, nothing can touch, nothing can be cooked differently, no black or green specks (like parsley when you go out), can't eat two foods together, eats one thing at a time, must be small bites with a small amount to start or it overwhelms him, they are only certain textures he can eat .... and the list goes on.
And I love every adorable part of him and he will grow up and he will be able to overcome these issues. He works hard.
PS- Having children is not for babies!
Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."~Elizabeth Stone
QUESTION - HOW MANY SENSES ARE THERE?
5-6-7-8 Answer tomorrow.