Archive for July, 2009

What Means What: A Brief Blog on Terms

Posted in Articles, Definitions on July 21st, 2009 by Kathryn Burke – 3 Comments

After posting my last blog, reader Sandra emailed me to ask what were the signs that our son displayed at an early age, of the condition known as dysgraphia. Instead of responding in the comments section, I thought there would be some value in writing a short blog that provided definitions about some key terms. My efforts here are not intended to be comprehensive or detailed, but designed to provide a general overview of some key terms I may have used in my blogs to date.

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Adults at School: Defining a Child’s School Experience

Posted in Kathryn's Journey on July 19th, 2009 by Kathryn Burke – 2 Comments

In the course of our formal education, we spend more time in elementary school than in any other educational environment. At the tender age of 4 or 5, children begin kindergarten. In June of grade 6, most students are 12 years old and poised to begin two new concurrent journeys — junior high school and puberty. During this 7 year period, the transition is amazing.

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Five Less Teeth and Breaking Code: An Eventful Summer

Posted in Kathryn's Journey on July 13th, 2009 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

This blog honors Sylvia Hannah and the many men and women who work hard to make a difference and sometimes wonder if they do. The experience that I write about in this blog where my son breaks code and learns to read demonstrates that sometimes you may directly impact a wonderful event of which you have no knowledge. In some cases, the impact of your actions may not be realized for many years down the road. So, keep the faith and keep doing what you do.

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All We Need to Do Is to Help Our Son Catch Up” and Other Misperceptions

Posted in Kathryn's Journey on July 11th, 2009 by Kathryn Burke – 1 Comment

We knew we needed more information. We were only beginning to scratch the surface of what might be impacting our son’s ability to learn how to read and write.

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Emerging Awareness of our Son as a Struggling Reader

Posted in Kathryn's Journey on July 10th, 2009 by Kathryn Burke – 1 Comment

Our son was happy in Grade 1 – or at least the second term of Grade 1. He was now formally enrolled in the new school. Things started to unravel in the third term, but we had three blissful months where everything seemed to be fine.

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On the Move: A New School and a New Outlook

Posted in Kathryn's Journey on July 9th, 2009 by Kathryn Burke – 1 Comment

I love the research power of the internet. We were now on the move looking for a new school for our son, and we began that search online. Unlike before, our parameters for a new school were not confined to our neighborhood; while distance was a consideration, the wish to remain in our community was not.

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The Bully, the Bystanders and All the Things You Did Wrong Today: Grade 1 – The First 8 Weeks

Posted in Kathryn's Journey on July 8th, 2009 by Kathryn Burke – 1 Comment

We were really full of hope. We had researched the school. Our selection was based on the premise that our son would receive all seven years of elementary education at the school. Our son’s kindergarten experience had been outstanding. We expected grade 1 to go the same way. But, it did not. There were two major reasons that drove us away from this carefully selected school…his actual experience in the grade 1 classroom and a breakout of bullying that affected both the school and the day care which our son attended.

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Kindergarten and Acts of Kindness

Posted in Kathryn's Journey on July 6th, 2009 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

We have many pictures of that first day! We were so proud. Our son was starting kindergarten! He was excited but so were we!

We had done our homework and were very satisfied with our choice of schools. My husband and I made a point of working as partners to support our son’s needs. We both went to the open houses, the meet the teacher night, and all the parent-teacher interviews together. The kindergarten teacher was highly familiar with the treatment protocol at ISTAR and speech issue of stuttering. Fortunately, by the time he started kindergarten, the repetitive speech iterations characteristic of stuttering were very infrequent. We were so pleased.

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Bumpy Speaking: Not the Technical Term but Pretty Descriptive Anyway

Posted in Kathryn's Journey on July 3rd, 2009 by Kathryn Burke – 2 Comments

Bumpy speaking is a child friendly and very clear way to describe stuttering. Bumpy is also a suitable description of a family’s journey when they have a child with exceptional needs – certainly it can be used to describe ours.

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Interviewing Principals: In Search of a School

Posted in Kathryn's Journey on July 2nd, 2009 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

It is brutally hard to send your child off to kindergarten when he or she is “normal” – whatever that might be. But, a parent’s anxiety level can rise to stratospheric levels when the child in question has some exceptional needs. We were both excited and frightened about our son going off to kindergarten. He […]

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