The children who tormented the child in South Hadley, similar to a student identified with pragmatic deficits, did not predict how Phoebe would react to their constant bullying, did not understand the back lash they would suffer if something happened to her, and were unable to put themselves into Phoebe’s shoes. Had those students participated in activities that allowed them to experience what they were doing to someone else or thought through the possible consequences would they have made the same decisions. We want to blame the school officials and teachers but as a society we allow and teach our children, through television and our “kids will be kids” attitude to behave in a way that lack compassion.
Transitioning to College with Learning DisabilitiesAugust 30, 2020
Post high school education can be challenging for students transitioning to college with learning disabilities, but for those with little or no transition planning or for students who have mild learning challenges that received no services in high school the transition to college can seem insurmountable. Concerns about self-care, class preparation, and social interactions are […]
STOP the conversation! No one is listeningMarch 30, 2017
Where are the conversations? In politics, conversations, where people have differing views, are impossible. People scream at each other. No one is listening to the other side. Democrats are outraged at Republicans. Republicans push agendas in spite of the public outcries. No one is listening! How do we have conversations that move us toward healing and […]
Social engineering to improve social deficitsJanuary 11, 2016
In a recent article in Attitude magazine, a magazine that offers strategies and support for people and their families with ADHD and LD, a mom created a Facebook birthday event for her son with Asperger syndrome. No one wanted to come to her son’s 13th birthday and her son was upset. She decided to with […]