Issue 10 – Back to School Made Easy

Featuring:

  • Back to School Made Easy by Dr. John Carosso
  • Taking Some of the Control Back by Meghan R.M. Graham
  • Interview with the makers of YourSpecialEducationRights.com by Leslie A. Burby
  • But You Can’t Be Autistic…You are Such a Good Teacher by “E” of The Third Glance blog
  • Anti-Bullying Campaign by Leslie A. Burby
  • The Agony of Middle School or Handling Middle School Drama by Cynthia Kim
  • KinderKord Review by Leslie A. Burby
  • Book in the Spotlight: My Signals: Autistic Reflections of a Man Who Thinks in Circles and Dreams Like a Stone by Patrick Jasper Lee
  • Q&A Section Does bullying belong in an IEP? by Leslie Burby
  • Sensory Activities that children will want to do by Leslie Burby
  • Seek-N-Find by McNall Mason
  • The Transition from High School to College – While on the Spectrum by Jaclyn Hunt of ASN Life Coach

 

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Editor’s Letter

Dear readers,

The summer is over, and we are facing sending our children back to school. In an effort to help make the transition back to school easier for both the children and the parents, we are releasing the September issue early. Instead of waiting for the end of the first week of the month we are releasing September’s issue at the end of August. We hope that this gives you some time to get things in order for you and your child.

In our cover story, Dr. Carosso offers some great tips on how to make going back to school easier and mom Meghan Graham also shares her story of how planning ahead aides in decreasing her daughter’s anxiety when meeting a news teacher, and new students.

In an effort to keep you all well-informed on educational rights, I had the pleasure of interviewing the creators of YourSpecialEducationRights.com.  Special Education Advocate Julie Swanson has a non-verbal autistic son and convinced Special Education Attorney Jennifer Laviano to team up with her and Mazzarella Media to create this wonderful website that has tons of short videos helping parents understand the latest laws and how to advocate for your child. Make sure you check out this free resource to ensure that your child is receiving the services that they deserve. I personally used their information to advocate for my daughter.

Speaking of advocating, check out our News Section about the Autism Anti-Bullying Campaign and sign the petition to have stricter laws surrounding bullying people with autism. Also, our Q&A section explains how to include bullying into your child’s IEP if it is an issue your child has encountered.

Within the issue, I am happy to be featuring an article by an autistic teacher explaining how she is a great teacher because of her autism, as well as, featuring an article written by a mom with Asperger’s and how she handles and copes with her daughter being in middle school. For parents with teenagers, we are proud to feature an article by Jaclyn Hunt explaining how to make transitioning from high school to college a smooth transition.

I hope you enjoy the vast array of articles we have surrounding school in this issue and I hope that the information helps everyone start the school year off right.

Best of luck,

Leslie A. Burby

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2 Responses to Issue 10 – Back to School Made Easy

  1. Ir really enjoyed you articles, because I also believe you have build a good relationship with the family , and value their opinions and used them in your care, so they feeling as your real partner in caring relationship .
    Very useful information for all educators and families too.
    Regards,
    Faye

  2. I wish someone had read the article about autistics being capable to good teachers before I tried student teaching. I was allowed to try student teaching twice… both times was discriminated against a lot by the teacher for my Asperger’s. The first time it was less obvious, largely because it was just a bad situation (overcrowded special education class + teacher who just wanted me there to do all the work = bad situation). Though still there was a couple times comments were made about autistics being teachers, and it was clear she didn’t approve. In the end my college basically ruled it her fault and gave me free tuition to try student teaching again.

    The second time I got good marks on all my evaluations, it was a good class to be in (maybe even a bit too easy), had all my lesson plans done with plenty of time to go, etc. The teacher readily admitted she didn’t think I could be a good teacher because I was on the spectrum. She said while I did good in her class, she couldn’t accept that I would be good in other classes. She said I had the wrong aura about me and always seemed scared (when in reality I was probably just overstimulated every now and then). In the end she dismissed me, with the rationale given looking like a checklist of the DSM description of autism.

    Since then I have been trying to get a job as a paraeducator, hoping that I might eventually be able to use that to get a teaching job, but have had little success there. I generally admit that I have autism on the applications, and have been told I shouldn’t, but if I am going to travel, sometimes great distances, to a job interview, I want to know if I stand a chance of getting the job when I get there. Teaching jobs don’t have simple interview processes, and I know I can’t hide it for an hour. I can’t help but thinking, that it is is a pretty widely held notion that autistics shouldn’t be teachers.

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