Thursday, October 29, 2015

Kindergarten Censored

At recess today, Mrs. C., one of the four Kindergarten teachers at our school, shared a funny story with me.

Mrs. C. has one student that she suspects may have Asperger’s Syndrome. (I’ll call him Max.) Max is REALLY smart and adorable and quirky and he did something today that is definitely blog worthy.

Mrs. C. introduced phonemic worksheets to her students yesterday and apparently she called them just that… “phonemic worksheets”.

Well….Max REALLY must have enjoyed doing his phonemic worksheet in class, because this morning he blurted out three times before Mrs. C. could stop him, “Teacher! Teacher! When are we going to do our f***ing worksheets?”

Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify and manipulate the separate sounds in a word. It seems that Max is on the right track. He can certainly hear the beginning “F” sound.  


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Mood Changes and MS: Practical Ways to Deal with Mood Swings

Before my husband was diagnosed, I only knew two people who had Multiple Sclerosis. One was a sweet lady who went to church with us and I remember her being pushed around in a wheelchair and doted over by her sweet little husband. The other person was my school teacher and she walked, ever so painfully, with canes. To say I was ignorant of this disease would be a gross understatement, because I assumed MS only affected a person's legs.

For those of you who do not know, Multiple Sclerosis is a disease where the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a WIDE range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems. 

The struggle is real and the disease is ugly, but information is liberating. The videos put out by the National MS Society are extremely helpful for people who are trying to understand the many facets of Multiple Sclerosis.

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