I came across this photo while doing some cleaning. It’s one of my favorites and yet it also comes with some sadness. This is my son shortly before he was diagnosed. In fact, this sweatshirt was one of the things that pointed to his rigid patterns of thought. He thought the side slits in the seams meant it was broken. As special needs parents, we may find that grief is not a one-time event and can hit at unexpected moments. However, sometimes that sadness and joy can go
Warning! Strong opinions ahead! I believe that music should be taught because, just like math, science, and reading, it’s a part of life. We don’t teach kids math because we expect them to be mathematicians or accountants. The purpose of education in literature is not to create a new generation of authors. If students struggle in these areas, they are provided with extra instruction. When someone doesn’t achieve in music, we chalk it up to lack of talent when, in fact, i
“Accommodations are intended to reduce or even eliminate the effects of a student’s disability; they do not reduce learning expectations. Accommodation use should not begin and end in school. Students who use accommodations will generally need them at home, in the community, and, as they get older, in postsecondary education and and/or the work place.” Nebraska Department of Education, Accommodations Guidelines, Nov. 2011, 3rd ed. In other words, accommodations are meant to l
Heading out to the Lincoln Area Home School Resource Fair this weekend. Sometimes families of children with disabilities need to make some unconventional choices. Sometimes the flexibility of homeschooling is better for everyone. I’ll have some of my instruments and lots of information. If you are in the area stop by and say hi. I’m also holding a drawing for a giant egg shaker!
You may have heard the term “gear acquisition syndrome”. There are so many cool instruments and tools that can be used in music therapy. Since I work out of my home I need to balance my equipment inventory and storage with my family’s needs. As a relatively new business owner, my instrument budget is pretty limited as well. I’ve been considering selling one of my harps. I don’t play it much and I could use the money and the space. I pulled it out to show someone I am wor