Top Ten Stories On My Blog for the past 20+ Days

I’m a huge fan of top ten lists.  Below are the most read stories on my blog in the almost three weeks it’s been in existence.  These may not be the most accurate, because the most popular is my home page.  That’s just the nature of blogs.  But it does tell me what stories capture people’s attention the most.  This doesn’t mean I’m going to stop doing the lower read stories, because special education has so many different components to it.  This has been fun, and the next three weeks should be even more fun.  I have a VERY big story coming up that any special needs parent in Delaware will want to read.  Until then, thank you for visiting and come back again!

1) https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/breaking-news-feds-want-to-intervene-in-delaware-special-education/

2) https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/meet-kathy-willis-a-delaware-advocate-for-children-needing-special-education/

3) https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/disability-discrimination-local-church-youth-leader-assaults-my-son/

4) https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/welcome-to-exceptional-delaware/

5) https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/eagles-wings-ministries-started-their-bible-school-this-week-parents-beware/

6) https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/what-smarter-balanced-assessment-means-to-education-in-delaware/

7)  https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/these-schools-in-delaware-get-a-big-f-grade-for-special-education/

8) https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/a-plea-to-delaware-parents-of-children-with-special-needs-and-disabilities/

9)  https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/facts-about-special-education-at-the-charter-school-of-wilmington-csw/

10) https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/delaware-collectively-groans-as-house-bill-334-passes-to-allow-smarter-balanced-testing-to-take-over/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Countries Reading My Blog

For the nerd in all of us, here is a list of the Top Ten Countries reading my blog. One of them really surprised me. I’m sure you will be able to figure out which one, but I’ll take an audience from any country!

1. USA
2. Canada
3. United Kingdom
4. Paraguay
5. Sweden
6. Russia
7. India
8. Mexico
9. New Zealand
10. France

Tim Howard and the USA Soccer Team: Did Tourette’s Help The Team? #netde #edude

Great article from The Daily Beast about how Tourette’s actually helps athletes like Tim Howard.  I see this sometimes with my own son.  He is there one second, and gone the next!  I know certain people who have had to try and catch him at times and I’m sure they were amazed at his quickness.  This is, of course, a shout-out to the folks at that charter school in the County of Kent.

There are so many aspects of TS that haven’t even been discovered yet.  I look forward to more articles like this.  Tim Howard is one of the biggest names in the world right now, and I applaud his ability to openly talk about this TS and use it to his advantage.  I think this is a goal any parent has for a child with a disability.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/03/why-tourette-s-may-be-tim-howard-s-secret-weapon-on-the-field.html

Head in the clouds

I don’t know why, but this poem really struck me today.

Sensory Issues are not the same as “Irrational Fears.”

An excellent article for parents of kiddos with any type of sensory processing issues. Especially with all the fireworks tomorrow!

Autism & Oughtisms

Earlier this year I was reading a national newspaper lifestyle story, about a family taking their Asperger’s child with them on holiday to Fiji. As I read it I felt very uncomfortable about the family’s attitude and approach to their child’s debilitating sensory issues, but I couldn’t quite pin-point why it seemed so very wrong. More recently I was directed towards a piece, also written by a mother, about how she lives and deals with her autistic (PDD-NOS) child’s “fears.” She treated and talked about the fears as if they are a grouping of distinct and irrational phobias, even though the what she describes is very clearly classic sensory issues.

Both these writings left me with the same uncomfortable niggling feeling, that something was wrong and potentially harmful in the way they were dealing with their autistic children. Both also left me biting my tongue, because I loathe…

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Delaware: Race to The Top damage report in! Special Ed students victimized!

So, Delaware special needs parents, who is in for starting our own EPTA, Exceptional Parent Teacher Association?

8 Year Old Spreads Awareness About Tourette’s Syndrome

What an amazing girl.  To self advocate at this age is a true gift.

http://abc7chicago.com/145993/