Tuesday, February 26, 2013

IEP Humor....

Days like today I'm convinced that IEP's are just to remind you of how much your child can not do.

I try to keep a positive out look but its so hard.  So whats the best thing you can do for stress?  Humor.

This is one of my favorites:

IEPs by Dr. Seuss

Do you like these IEPs?   I do not like these IEPs
I do not like them, Jeeze Louise, We test, we check, We plan, we meet
But nothing ever seems complete.

Would you, could you,  Like the form?

I do not like the form I see, Not page 1, not 2, or 3, Another change
A brand new box, I think we all, Have lost our rocks.

Could you all meet here or there? We could not all meet here or there.
We cannot all fit anywhere. Not in a room, Not in the hall
There seems to be no space at all.

Would you, could you meet again? I cannot meet again next week
No lunch, no prep.  Please hear me speak.
No, not at dusk. No, not at dawn at 5 pm I should be gone.

Could you hear while all speak out? Would you write the words they spout?

I could not hear, I would not write.  This does not need to be a fight.
Sign here, date there, Mark this, check that
Beware the students ad-vo-cat(e).

You do not like them, So you say
Try again! Try again! And you may.

If you will let me be, I will try again  You will see. Say!

I almost like these IEPs, I think I'll write 6003. And I will practice day and night
Until they say, "You've got it right!"

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Video; Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Someone showed me this video by Ken Robinson and I had to share it got me thinking.

Are schools killing our kids creativity.  Especially our kids who struggle with minor or major disabilities.

 I am a big believer of focusing on any child's strengths verses their weaknesses. With my son I'm even more focused on it.

 My son struggles in math but excels in things like reading and loves music. He has learned a lot THROUGH music .  He also LOVEs pretend play and the arts.

What is his school doing?  Focusing on math.   Does this mean he should never learn math? No, that's not what I'm saying but I do think  he should do more with music and the other things he is GOOD at to BUILD confidence.  He has enough struggles.  Why focus on what hes not good at.

I especially related to the part in this video when Ken tells the story about a girl in the 1930's, the school said she may have a learning disabilities, she couldn't sit still and couldn't concentrate (today we all know its called ADHD. The school wanted her to be seen by a specialist. After the exam the doctor put the radio on and left the room with the mom.  They watched the girl dance.  The doctor said "put her in dance".

This girl became one of the a great dancer and owns a dance company, met Andrew Lloyd Webber and is a multimillionaire. Such common sense no?....I love his point that today she would have been put on medication and told to calm down.  This girl was a someone who had to "move to think" as Ken put it.

This reminds me of when I ask my son a questions.  He gets up and moves all around before he answers the question.  He is one of those kids who has to "move to think"....

Hope you enjoy this as much as I did...Let me know what you think...


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Article: Low Vitamin D linked to Pre-Eclampsia?

Even now 11 years later I can't help but wonder WHY I  developed Severe Pre-Eclampsia and HELLP Syndrome.

Pre-Eclampsia happens in about 7% of pregnancies and developing HELLP Syndrome effects .02 to .06% of pregnancies.

The cure as most of us know is to deliver the baby but for me my blood pressure actually went higher after I delivered!!

I Recently discovered a facebook page called HELLP Syndrome Awareness and "liked the page.

They recently posted this article from on a study done that  low vitamin D levels are  linked to Pre-Eclampsia that I wanted to share on Low Vitamin D During Pregnancy Linked to Pre-Eclampsia

At my last well visit a vitamin panel was done. Something my doctor never really checked before? My vitamin D levels came back were very low. I now am on 2000iu's of Vitamin D a day.

Vitamin D deficiency is pretty common, especially for those of us living in the Northeast or in an region that does not see a lot of sun (particularly in the winter months)

Low Vitamin D levels are linked to other problems the most common Osteoporosis.   I guess it should be routine for us to always have your Vitamin D levels check!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Premature Babies and Simply Thick

I found this article not only very interesting but shocking.  My son was put on Simply Thick when he was older and could finally drink liquids on his own.

My son did well with it. I still know a few kids on it and do well with it.

This article was posted this last week. Discussions are open at the bottom of the article if you feel the need  to comment. OR comment HERE!!  I would love to know what you think.