Well, it's that time of year again. The dumpster fire of steaming feces that is STAAR is upon us again. This will be my son's second year where his school is administering the STAAR and unlike last year, because it's 4th grade, the window for this assessment will take more than a single week. As … Continue reading STAAR Opting Out – Year 2 – The Beginning
I was a total scatterbrain at end of my pregnancy. I have no idea how that happened or why, but for the last bit of my pregnancy I was definitely checked out of reality, oblivious to most things happening around me. I hadn't had a child before so everything was new and near the end … Continue reading A Promise
"Why do you only talk about dyslexia?" So far I've been asked that question twice. The first time I was asked that question I had tagged along with my family on a trip to Austin specifically to see a particular parent advocate when she asked me that question. I was more than a bit shocked … Continue reading Why Do You Only Talk About Dyslexia?
I am going to say the unpopular thing that we don't want to say, but in denying it, I am equally as culpable; so I must say it. To those pulling the strings, writing the policies, writing the scripts, the denial of services and accommodations to all learning disabled children in the educational environment, what … Continue reading Dear School, You Are Abusing My Child
(This is also published on the Dyslexic Houston page on Facebook of which I am the Admin.) (I am located in Texas so this is a very Texas centric post.) If you have a good school district who is open about their dyslexia services and invested in educating the parent while properly servicing the child, … Continue reading What Your ISD Should be Providing You Regarding Dyslexia
Anyone who has raised children will tell you that it isn't easy. And, while my experience raising children is limited to one child and only over a 10 year period, I freely admit that my experience is still very limited. In my brief tenure in the land of parenthood, I can say that the innocence … Continue reading Stripping Away Innocence
I've compared our dyslexia journey to Alice in Wonderland. It's also akin to climbing a mountain. One should never climb a mountain alone. It's not safe and it is fraught with peril. One needs a team to succeed. Some people are going to be novices that you have to lug up the mountain with you, … Continue reading Mountain Climbing