Tagged with inclusion

team brooke – the middle school version

team brooke – the middle school version

{image is a photo of Brooke and a dog that she met on Nantucket last week} Middle school starts tomorrow. I’m trying to pretend I’m not freaking out. I’m totally freaking out. In order to keep up some pretense of the former, I sent Brooke’s new team the following, as I do every year. It … Continue reading


– I can’t really explain what has happened between Brooke and me these last six weeks but it has been life changing for me. Never before has a child (other than my own) crept into my heart as quickly and stealthily as your daughter has. I have watched in complete amazement as she works and … Continue reading

middle school

{image is a photo of Brooke dancing before school yesterday, as you do.} Oh, guys, I have so much to say about the middle school visit. It will definitely warrant a post (or a book), but in the meantime, here’s my one big takeaway .. It’s going to be okay. #RightPeople #RightPlace #Grateful #Exhaling #WeWillKeepWorkingUntilEveryParentAndEveryChildCanSayTheSame … Continue reading

its own reward

  The phrase “peer mentoring” has always bothered me when applied to typically developing kids (or adults) and their differently-abled same-aged peers. The first definition that comes up for mentor is “verb – advise or train (someone, esp. a younger colleague).”  A mentor and his or her mentee are not really considered equals, but teachers … Continue reading

not always

not always

Brooke on pajama day, soaring to new heights with Ms J The other night, I went to a small group teach-in run by a Special Education attorney. I both love and hate things like that. I love them because I have found that there is no more powerful tool than information when advocating for my … Continue reading

the in between

the in between

Inclusion is about a sense of belonging, about feeling respected, valued for who you are. It is an all-encompassing practice of ensuring that people of differing abilities related to, for example, sex, age, and race, feel a sense of belonging, are engaged, and are connected to the goals and objectives of the whole wider society.” … Continue reading

a tale of three letters

Dear Students and Family Members, It is difficult to believe that an entire school year has passed already. It has definitely been a year full of learning, fun, interesting events, some tears, much laughter, hard work and effort. As always is the case, some events do indeed stand out from the rest, like hearing a … Continue reading

the answer is … the questions

. Ed note: I apologize that the following is not well-edited. Meaning it’s not edited at all. Meaning I hit the snooze button three times this morning and I’m out of time. So good luck.  * The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ After yesterday’s post went up, … Continue reading

the whole story

. ~ Diary’s Facebook status, yesterday afternoon (ed note: the 2nd ‘qualitative’ should have read ‘quantitative’ – that’s what I get for typing on my phone) * “Way to prove those tests wrong, Brooke!” “Those doctors don’t know what they’re talking about.” “Those scales mean nothing! The only comparison that matters is Brooke to Brooke!” … Continue reading

least restrictive environment

* Talking about LRE is kinda like playing that game with Chinese fortune cookies. Instead of adding ‘in bed’ to the end of every fortune, you add ‘that works for my kid’ to the end of every sentence. ~ Me to another autism mom yesterday while discussing the Least Restrictive Environment clause of IDEA ~ … Continue reading