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 …

A site makeover and autism!

I’m learning my way around my new site! Until I can figure out what’s what and how it works, I wanted to share this incredible speech by a man with autism. He has an incredible testimony. He’s a miracle,  just like my twins! Do yourself a favor and listen to his story. You’ll understand autism better and you’ll be inspired, …

As I see it: a view through the special educator’s lens

There are some things that happen in public education that I will never understand. I realize I come from a background very different than most public school teachers. I was fortunate to start my teaching career in small, private schools, where imagination and creativity by the teacher was encouraged. Ironically, I started out teaching in a rigorous program in the …

Princess in training

I’ve been interviewing for a day job for months now. I want the day job for which I’ve sacrificed and gotten my degree. I know that job is out there. It just hasn’t found me yet. I was asked recently in a job interview what two most important lessons I’d learned in the past year. My answers: Humility and Perseverance. I …

Public School’s Answer to Autism: Jail

What kind of society yanks a 10-year-old child with autism from school in the middle of the day, tears him away from his mother (who had NO notice until the moment it happened), and throws him in jail for something he did months ago? The United States of America. Land of the free. Home of the brave. Aren’t we something? …