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4 Fun Pi Day Activities for Children with Dyscalculia

Pi Day has always been fun for math lovers.  But what if your child has dyscalculia?  Is it even reasonable to expect them to get excited about a number, even if it’s pi? The answer is yes, if you celebrate Pi Day in a way that suits […]

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Tips to Help Your Child Transition from Elementary to Middle School

Transitioning from elementary school to a junior high or middle school creates stress on children and parents alike.  Take time this summer to help prepare both you and your child for this milestone. Tips to Help Your Child Transition Successfully from Elementary to Middle School Explore the […]

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Is Your Child Getting the Right IEP or 504 Accommodations?

Every student is unique so it may make take time and creative thinking to find the accommodations that best support your child. Your child’s IEP or 504 team should generate ideas on accommodations that support your child. As a key member of your child’s IEP or 504 […]

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Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia and Dyspraxia – How are they different?

What are the differences between Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia and Dyspraxia? Dyslexia – is defined as chronic neurological disorder causing inability or great difficulty in learning to read or spell, despite normal intelligence. It inhibits recognition and processing of graphic symbols, particularly those pertaining to language. Symptoms, including […]

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Autism vs. Awesome-ism©
By Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh, Co-founder & Executive Director of Brock’s Academy, Woodinville, WA

>What if we decided to just open our minds and see things from a wider, more diverse perspective?

>What if we didn't easily label and categorize people that we perceive to be different than us?

>What if we learned to think about people and differences as not right or wrong, but just different gifts?

>What if we fully believed and accepted that there is, and always has been, neurodiversity (i.e. cognitive differences) in the world?

>What if we accepted that neurodiversity is a brilliant achievement of Mother Nature?

>What if we entered each day believing each one of us is uniquely created and here to serve a higher purpose?

>What if we believed our job is to support one another in achieving that higher purpose?

>What if our differences are here to teach us appreciation, compassion, acceptance and to challenge us to stay open to all?

>What would that be like? # # #

Ryan, a 14-year old autistic student, writes:
>Meet me where I am.
>Stop trying to fix me. I don’t try to fix you.
>See my gifts, talents and strengths, not things you think I should have; see the “me” I was born with.
>Learn from me. Sit with me. Try to see the world from my perspective.
>Love me unconditionally and find ways to support me in what I came here to contribute to the world.
>Appreciate me.
>Just because I am experiencing the world in a different way than you are doesn’t mean it’s wrong, so stop judging me.
>I am me and I am beautiful.
>I am happy and I am whole. # # #

Copyright 2017—Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh
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