• Friday, December 15, 2017

    Inclusion After School

    One of the areas parents know the least about is the right their child has to be included in extracurricular programs or activities sponsored by their school district and/or town recreation department. This is a great way to introduce your child to other children in the school and community. My… Read More

  • Friday, December 8, 2017

    Training Peers

    There have been many debates throughout the years when it comes to the best way to teach social skills to children with special needs. In 2012, a landmark study was done by Dr. Connie Kasari, Ph.D., of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment. The researchers took 60 children grades… Read More

  • Friday, December 1, 2017

    Building Friendships!

    Building friendships can sometimes be very difficult for many of our children. Some children may pull back or be completely disinterested in any social interaction, but on the flip side of the coin, some may want so much interaction they overwhelm people. Either way, making and keeping friends can be… Read More

  • Friday, November 24, 2017

    Social Skills Matter

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! This week we are going to keep on discussing what matters most. There is no doubt that making social skills a priority in a child's life is crucial. Pathways works with employers all the time, and they stress the importance of social skills… Read More

  • Friday, November 17, 2017

    Deciding on what Matters Most

    This week we are going to take a closer look at how to determine what matters most. I think it is fair to say that as parents, we hope once the educational process is finished that our children are employed, independent, and leading a happy and fulfilled life. When we… Read More

  • Friday, November 10, 2017

    What Matters Most?

    Have you ever walked into an IEP overwhelmed? Do you look at the evaluations and feel like there are so many things your child can't do? Now that your child is getting older do you feel the gaps between them and their peers begin to widen exponentially? I have answered… Read More

  • Thursday, November 2, 2017

    Are you Leading?

    We have talked a lot about knowing what you want for your child. We have discussed the importance of having that vision and keeping things in alignment with both the present and future. We should always be asking if what we are doing today is in alignment with our future… Read More

  • Friday, October 27, 2017

    Keep it Simple!

    This week is special because it is my son's 20th birthday. At the age of 18 months I was told Jacob had a metabolic disease and would probably not make it past 6-8 years old. Jacob was born typical and lost everything to the point of almost having no speech,… Read More

  • Friday, October 20, 2017

    Get Aligned!

    Hopefully you have thought this last week about what you want for your child and written down 4-5 areas such as: a) college, b) employment, c) navigating life independently, d) taking care of their physical and emotional needs, e) building a good network of relationships and support, and f) pursuing… Read More

  • Friday, October 13, 2017

    Achieving greater clarity!

    One of the most important words for parents that have children with special is “clarity.” Over the years, I have been involved in countless IEPs. Before I look at an IEP, I ask the parents, “What do you want for your child?” I usually get blank stares or a lot… Read More