» Monthly Archives: February 2008

Mental Health Parity

February 29, 2008 Kyron No Comments

One of Katherine’s diagnoses is bipolar disorder. Even if you are uncertain of bipolar as a diagnosis for a child (and yes there is a group who doesn’t live with my daughter who thinks that bipolar in childhood is a misnomer) without question she has a mental illness disorder NOS (NOS=Not Otherwise Specified is a …

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Would Peer Mentors Deter Bullying?

February 28, 2008 Kyron No Comments

While Katherine was off of school this past week she got to have a big treat and spend some time with her my in-laws. This is something she truly enjoys. As with any child I think time with grandparents is a great thing but for Katherine and my in-laws (who are her step-grandparents for clarification …

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The Appreciation Station

February 27, 2008 Kyron 3 Comments

In my article on January 26th of this year I talked about the use of positive reinforcement in the use of Applied Behavioral Analysis. I specifically talked about an Exceptional Parent magazine article which highlighted something called the Appreciation Station. I told you I was going to get one and try it out with Katherine …

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8 hour meals….(*apologies to Rachael Ray) Slow Cooker French Dip Edition

February 24, 2008 Kyron No Comments

As the parent of a special needs child I am frequently out and on the road at doctors appointments, IEP meetings and after school special activities. Rachael Ray may be the queen of the 30 minute meal – I’ve become the queen of the 8 hour meal! The crock pot is my hero! I throw …

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The Sunday Paper for February 24, 2008

February 24, 2008 Kyron No Comments

…and a cup of coffee Every Sunday I hope to offer you my version of the Sunday paper with articles from the past week or two, relevant or uplifitng (or both), on various issues within the special needs community. Gymnastics Classes Bring Learning, Fun To Those With Special Needs Gymnastics and Exercise class for children …

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Protecting those who cannot protect themselves

February 23, 2008 Kyron No Comments

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. -George Santayana My newshound Johanna sent me another article that my father and she must have been reading at the same time because their emails on this article arrived almost simultaneously. As many of you may be aware of by now, insurgents in Iraq …

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Looking down on Big Brother

February 21, 2008 Kyron No Comments

It’s amazing what can be put through on a “reality show”. On the one hand, you have Angela Martin, American Idol contestant whose short stint on that show gave the opportunity to highlight Rett’s Syndrome and get this little known disability some well deserved face time. What’s that expression about no good deed goes unpunished? …

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