The 28th day of the month of July
There once was a man who was very skilled with his hands. Unlike other carpenters or handymen, this man did not specialize in one thing, he specialized in all things. From
If you are the parent/guardian of a child (birth to three years) currently receiving special education/therapy through The Early Intervention program, please ensure that you begin the Turning Three process with The New York City Department of Education Committee on Preschool Education (CPSE) at least four months prior to your baby's third birth. The day after your child's third birthday, they are no longer eligible to receive services through Early Intervention.
Did you think that the rose that grew from concrete would arrive free of abrasions, battle scars and thorns? Is it fair to judge the beauty and worth of this rare rose against the softness and beauty of the roses grown in the care of a well maintained garden? Each thorn, scar and abrasion found on the petals and stem of the concrete grown rose tells a story, a story of strength, a story of survival, a story of resilience, the story of a will to exist even when all odds were against it. The rose from concrete may on first sight seem difficult to love as it does not fit into the bouquet of twelve with the aesthetically pleasing roses from the well maintained garden, so its existence lacks value from a superficial outlook. But when given the time, care, love and appropriate nurture, this special rose will flourish and survive any and all storms that it faces while the garden grown rose succumbs to conditions not conducive to its survival. The rose from concrete may prick your finger and bruise your eye from its appearance, but the love that it gives and the growth that will occur when a gentle soul views its scars as a sign of strength and resilience as being just as valuable as the aesthetics of the well- maintained garden rose will be unlike any other love one has ever known. As teachers we must nurture and see the wonder in all of our students and keep our eyes open for those little roses that are growing through concrete. Those little roses that make us work a little harder, those roses that seem resistant to affection, those roses that are screaming to be loved through actions contradicting their needs. Love all of your little roses whether garden or concrete grown
The road to hell is often paved with good intentions. It is a rare occasion when an initiative generates the same results or anticipated outcomes when put into practice as it does in theory. From the heterogeneous classroom model to extreme standardized testing, many may agree that what often seems innovative and progressive in both thought and on paper doesn't always play out as anticipated in practice, especially when the impacted subjects are human beings. Perhaps the greatest example of "great in theory much to be desired in practice" is the dependency on technology by students with special needs, more specifically students with needs in the areas of social development, reciprocal communication and sensory/ motor development.Technology, specifically tablets and smartphones have opened up a world of possibilities for children who require more concrete and instant access to instructional and therapeutic materials. By replacing the computer mouse with the touch of a finger, a student who may have avoided using a computer due to sensory related issues may be more inclined to utilize technology providing them with an array of apps that are designed to support everything from communication based disorders to fine motor delays. Yes, the tablet and smartphone were/are the answer to every special education teacher, developmental therapist and parent/guardian of a child with special needs prayers. What could possibly go wrong?