For two weeks this summer Sebastian had another eye gaze trial with the Tobii/Dynavox I-12. This was his third extended trial with the device and he used it once a week at school the previous year. At school they focussed on games which worked on building eye gaze skills like targeting, timing and accuracy. I asked… Continue reading Eye Gaze: The Trial(s) and Tribulations
We had an epic dance party, complete with confetti and party hats. After our 'special' dinner we put on all of our favourite, danceable songs. Starting with Shut Up and Dance with Me. The kids were asleep by 8.30. They had a blast but have still been exhausted, both getting over 'Round 2: Coughs for… Continue reading Happy New Year 2016!
First and last day of school. I love the confidence in the last day photo. Sebastian graduated from 1st grade on June 25th. He attended a school which integrated therapy with academics that went from JK-G1. Some of you might recall that we kept Sebastian in his inclusive (typical and non-typical) pre-school for an extra year so that he would… Continue reading Graduation
A friend asked me how I was doing today. Everything's good? Everything's okay? She said. I smiled. Yeah. We are good. But things are not okay. It's not okay that the school system is so broken. That it's overcrowded and the programs created to support our kids are spilling over in numbers without the proper… Continue reading Not Okay
The SEPRC* was on the top floor of one of the congregated (segregated) schools in Toronto. The room opened and there was a wall of windows behind the committee. Very welcoming. There were only 4 sitting at the table and 4 of us walked in so a bit less intimidating than I imagined. And it's… Continue reading SEPRC. Yeah, you know me.
Recently I found myself in a strange new situation. A parent approached me about my child's behaviour. He told me that my daughter had pushed his daughter in ballet class and now his daughter no longer felt comfortable being in the class. 'I'm just sayin', he said. 'It is what it is.' To say I… Continue reading Gentle Hands