Category Archives: Down Syndrome

Public- or Home-School? That’s the Question!

Kindergarten Graduation You might have read that we played hooky from Summer School this year.  As a result of that post, a few parents of children with special needs have congratulated me on my first–but perhaps not last–foray into home schooling. I’ve got mixed feelings about this… See, I’ve always been a proponent of the public school system……

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Playin’ Hooky From Summer School

Four weeks into Summer school — aka: Extended School Year (ESY) — and I’ve only brought The Boys in for 2 1/2 days.  Bad Mama? OR, Bad Mama! Our contained class experience this past year included My Boys’ adopting some negative behaviors from a few of their peers with special needs.  As such, I’ve been working this…

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Three Little Fishies in an Itty Bitty Pool

104 degrees!  Luckily, I have a nice, little, hard-walled backyard pool — 15′ round by 3 1/2′ deep — that we put up and take down every year.  And every year, Sarge wants to set it up at the curb instead of in our yard.  He hates our little pool!  He wants a BIG, semi-in-ground pool.  Yeah, me…

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Time to Reboot!

I’ve been MIA due to a viral infection.  Thankfully, not my kids or me.  This time, it was Dell, my darling laptop! Timing is NEVER good for this sort of thing.  I was in the process of redesigning The Boys’ discreet trial curriculum, writing out my blue-sky-scenario for our encore performance of kindergarten and investigating the pros…

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Birthday Parties

We want our children to be invited.  We are sad if they are left out.  But as Peanut gets older, the birthday parties are getting longer and more intense. For example, Peanut has been invited to three former classmate’s birthday parties for June.  I assume all these children are turning 7 but some could be turning 6. …

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The Lost Voice

This morning when I dropped Peanut off for school I realized I didn’t have her iPod Touch.  She uses her iPod touch to communicate at school and over the last several months it has been a great way for her to participate in class.  This isn’t the first time I have not had her “voice”…

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MAY 6 SEMINAR: Meeting the Educational Needs of Children with Down Syndrome

REGISTER NOW! MEET AND DISCUSS EDUCATIONAL ISSUES AND BEST PRACTICES WITH OTHER LOCAL MOTHERS OF CHILDREN WITH DOWN SYNDROME! 1-day Seminar THIS Friday, May 6 @ Queens College, Flushing, NY Meeting the Educational Needs of Children with Down Syndrome   Amazing Opportunity to see Dr. Sue Buckley, Researcher with Down Syndrome Education International, present the best practices…

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Our Role & words hurt

So I was thinking, draw 3 circles on a piece of paper.  One inside the other, so really you have 3 cirles around each other(as pictured)   The inner circle is our children, this is their culture of being a child with special needs. The middle circle is us, the parents.  We’re not in the…

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Neighborhood Friends

One of the things I love about our neighborhood is all the kids on the street.  It’s reminiscent of when I was a kid and would run the neighborhood from morning till dusk, riding my bike or roller skating or playing a neighborhood game of hide and seek. True things are a little different now. …

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A Typical Growing Up Moment?

Happy belated Passover & Happy Easter to those who celebrate these beautiful traditions. I wish you all peace in the world, in your homes and in your hearts! This isn’t just another post about potty-training, per se.  It’s an OMG they’re growing up post about the challenges of being potty-trained-ISH and independent toileting. Last Thursday,…

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