We love this beautiful, joy-filled post from @mylifespeaks 🎉 We still have open seats for the Nov. 10-17 mission trip to Neely, Haiti! Interested?
LIFE Academy’s Second Annual Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony took place Friday, June 15 as we celebrated twelve students from the class of 2018!
Instead of a typical graduation ceremony, LIFE Academy students displayed so much more than just academic excellence. To celebrate the students accomplishments, this year’s show was filled with skills the students learned throughout the year such as: dancing, singing, sign language, French, and English! Not only did the graduates perform, but their fellow classmates in the Pre-K, first grade, and #specialeducation classes performed as well bringing the #commUNITY together for this special day. The ceremony concluded with the passing of the flame from this year’s graduates to the future class of 2019.
One of the many reasons, kindergarten graduation is such a big celebration within the Haitian culture is because 50% of the country is illiterate and 99% of kids never graduate from high school. Here at myLIFEspeaks, we are changing those odds within the Neply #commUNITY by adding a new grade level to LIFE Academy each year.
We are so proud to say that all our students graduated with skills in many subjects and the ability to read! Congratulations class of 2018!
#education#sustainability#LIFEAcademy#Repost @mylifespeaks with @get_repost
Need a good debriefing or cool down activity for children? Give reading a try! After the initial cool down, coming back together with a book and discussing a character’s morals is a great reconnection activity. It’s also a great time to discuss positive behaviors. #specialeducation#teacher
Man, special education can be frustrating. 😠 You don’t know what to expect when it comes to IEP meetings. You have some kind of idea, but you still have questions❓❓❓ you’d like answered without feeling foolish. .
You’ve been to IEP meetings, but the thought of the same old conversation makes you sick and tired. If any of that sounds familiar, then join me for an upcoming IEP workshop! Head on over to https://www.facebook.com/pg/jessicaabawagadvocate/events to sign up. 📋
We can discuss questions you may have on the process, and show you how to get the most out of IEP meetings so that you can get the best help for your child. 😊
A diagnosis isn't going tell you if a person loves to read books about animals, is an amazing artist, or can sing every jingle they've ever heard. You have to look beyond what is written on paper to see the awesome person sitting in front of you!
Hey Friends! Guess what? I have been doing this for a year! I cannot believe it! It seems surreal, that I have now made this a part of my life, which has provided so many benefits. 🙌🏻 Better health
🙌🏻 Opportunity to support others (this is what it is all about)
Comment below, DM me or check out the link in my bio if you would information about my challenge groups. Already starting to plan for July and I know you want to be a part of it.
A really insightful article about transition skills from completing high-school to college.
The article goes into the disparities between students with disabilities and those without disabilities.
According to the article, students with disability are less likely than their peers without disabilities to enroll into college after graduation because a lack of knowledge on researching colleges, applying and etc due to lack of preparation by teachers since transition skills usually aren’t assessed like state and national standards.
As I’m unpacking things from boxes and loading up the bookshelf, I find myself pausing as I flip through my education textbooks, my binders of lesson plans and IEPS, and my fun teacher reads. .
This image sums up all the feelings I’ve been feeling as of late. Making this move to Knoxville/Oak Ridge is making this transition back to the classroom feel REAL right now. I’m able to visualize all the places in this apartment that I’m going to curl up and work on IEPs. I’m picturing exactly where I’m going to throw down the five bags I’ll carry to and from school with me. I’m mapping out all the places I’m going to pick up a quick dinner after a long day of work. I’m preparing for my life to be hectic all over again. Where I don’t get to my morning coffee until 2pm. Where I have to eat my lunch on the go - if at all. Where I have to multitask because three kids demand attention while I’m also trying to have a conversation with a teacher. .
I’m hoping that I can take the last two years I’ve spent as a slowwwwer, more mindful human and apply that to a hectic, demanding career. But, I also know some days I’ll fall back into that multi-tasking, barely breathing person. And that’s OK with me. Because my heart will be right there with me as I go about my day. And that - to me - is the most important.
This precious girl has taught me more than I could have ever imagined. She’s determined and brave, smart and joyful! She’s helped me to slow down and enjoy my kids’ childhood in a new way. She’s taught me to celebrate every tiny “ inchstone” Tonight at dinner she asked for her “drink” all by herself! 🤗 She’s imitated the word many times but has never asked for it without it near by or without any prompting. She also said, “all done” when she was finished eating. I’m so proud of this sweet cheesin girl. #inchstones#lifeisbetterwithyou#notbroken#dsdn
WHAT MAKES BAC UNIQUE? 🤔.
One of the most unique and beneficial aspects of the Boston Ability Center is our ability to offer co-treatment sessions for our patients. During a “co-treat” children receive two ✌🏻 of their services together for 15, 30, or 45 minutes. Patients can target their OT and speech-therapy, OT and PT, or speech therapy and PT goals while they complete various activities in our large motor space or in one of our individual treatment rooms. This treatment model allows clinicians to collaborate as they target various aspects of treatment, and encourages our patients to utilize multiple skills at once. Co treatment sessions also provide clinicians with additional insight regarding specific activities, goals, and supports💕.
During a co-treat, our occupational therapists may shed light on sensory or tactile areas to consider, our speech-therapists can model language on an alternative augmentative communication device, our physical therapists can provide awareness about body positioning and strength, and much more! Co-treatment sessions also offer scheduling benefits for many of our busy families! The Boston Ability Center takes pride in this multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to treatment.
The reason we were driven to homeschool is because my son’s needs could not be met at school. Any school, really. I realized early on that homeschooling might be our only option. However, it took us some time to take this plunge. Yes, it really is a plunge.
This brings me to Islamic schools. Take this for what it is - one mother’s experience. One boy’s experience. Likely an anomaly. But I know that kids with different needs exist out there - somewhere in this vast universe. I know that my child is not the only Muslim child with different needs.
Yet, our Islamic schools somehow imagine that our kids can not have different needs. That our kids are all average. I know we lack resources. But it’s time we did something - as a community - to address those with different needs. When will we welcome our children with different needs into our Islamic schools? Into our mosques? Into our Quran classes? What are we waiting for? And I mean welcome. Not tolerate.
Why have we made it so difficult? Why do parents of children with different needs have to make the difficult decision - of either an educational fit or a religious fit? Why do we have to choose between an educational fit versus our children’s deen? Why are we forced to give up one so that we can have the other? Why are we forced to leave our community to give our differently-wired kids what they need?
So many questions. Not enough answers. I don’t have all the answers. But I do want to get a conversation going. We can not live in our bubble anymore. Yes, different needs exist. Different needs exist within the Muslim community. Yes, they do. It’s time we did something about them. They just don’t disappear because we pretend they don’t exist. They just don’t disappear because we don’t have the resources. They just don’t disappear because we haven’t made them a priority - yet.