Sweet Max: I’m so sorry we failed you

Nothing upsets me more than learning about the physical restraint of children with autism in school. Basically, these students are punished for having a disability. The following story is what prompted this post: Restraint Death Prompts School To Close As a  middle school special education teacher, I work with students with emotional and behavioral disorders as well as students with …

Why I don’t have a Christmas tree in my classroom

Christmas is hard. We think of it as a joyous time for children. We love seeing their eyes light up in wonder at the bright lights, sparkly decorations, and delectable sweet treats. But for students with neurological or psychological disorders such as autism, ADHD, emotional disabilities, or other cognitive disabilities, it’s a horrifying nightmare. First, there’s the sensory overload of the …

Where have I been?

  About a year ago my health began spiraling down to the point that I was feeling at least 10 years older than I am. My health insurance isn’t all that great (public school teacher) and only pays a pittance. I racked up bills for MRIs and other diagnostics like you wouldn’t believe. Thank you, Indiana, That’s why the Hoosier …

The War on Words

As a United States citizen, I often wondered if freedom of speech would one day be squelched by the government. But in the past few months, it’s not the government hindering writers from penning their hearts. It’s the technocracy — that elite, wealthy, untouchable group of tech moguls — that threaten this sacred freedom. But not everyone’s freedom of speech …

Public Peeing in Paris

Let’s face it. We all do it. We just don’t all do it in public. Introducing Paris, France and her lovely outdoor urinals for men: To see a lot more details about how this baby works, go here:  Public Peeing. Basically, a guy sidles up to the trash-can-like device and pees inside. The pee lands on the straw that is …

Baby-stepping through new portals

UPDATE: I’ve been swamped, obviously. But I’m finally catching my breath and wanted to share the most recent news from the Akins Ranch! I cross-posted the following on our ministry page: Countdown in T- minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – BLAST OFF! I was in first grade when I first heard those countdowns on …

My Interview on Lighten Up!

What a blessing to be interviewed by Melanie Dale on her podcast, Lighten Up! Please share this interview with your friends and let me know if you have any questions!

My autism interview on ConversationsLIVE

  When I first started interviewing for my book, A Pair of Miracles, I was terrified. Now I really enjoy it. I still have a long way to go to sound polished, but I keep trying! Here’s my interview with ConversationsLIVE host, Cyrus Webb. Thanks, Cyrus, for having me! Please let me know in the comments below how you liked the …