Still our Favorite Beach

Siesta Beach in Sarasota is still my favorite beach for its silky smooth white sand and ease of access. The parking lot to the beach is large and there are bathroom facilities conveniently located.  I will admit, however, I haven’t been to many beaches yet! Criminal, I know. But it was so hot this past summer when I arrived, and …

Here, Lizard, Lizard!

Guess what, y’all? I moved to FLORIDA! I can hardly believe it myself. This is my current life right now: But what I really want to do is play! Do all the Florida things.  It’s probably a good thing that we are on a tight budget right now. Keeping up with two houses isn’t a picnic. We are hopeful we’ll be …

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 …