Tag Archives: Behavioral Issues

Transportation Woes, Part 4
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I will never know exactly what happened on the drive home from Open Mind School’s new location in Menlo Park. I know the driver, Mari, showed up 30 minutes late with a window taped shut. It took 45 minutes for … Continue reading

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Transportation Woes, Part 3
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The following week, school was closed as Open Mind School (OMS) moved from Redwood City to Menlo Park. There were a few days of makeshift classes, but without a sensory gym, I didn’t think Katie would fare well, so I … Continue reading

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Transportation Woes, Part 2
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No surprise, the taxi driver had problems on the bridge, which frankly, serves him right for waiting in the cash line. I wondered if this had been an issue in the past. Whenever my daughter had a problem, it usually … Continue reading

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Transportation Woes, Part 1
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Open Mind School (OMS), the wonderful, magical place that embraced my daughter Katie last fall after years of struggle to find her an appropriate educational placement, is MOVING! The long awaited move to Menlo Park is finally happening—or will once … Continue reading

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Testimonial for Open Mind School
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Last week, I posted about writing a testimonial for my daughter’s fabulous school. After it was published, several people wrote asking what my testimonial said. I told them I had paraphrased it pretty well, but they wanted to read my … Continue reading

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What’s the Problem?
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Sometimes I wonder, is the problem me? Other parents have special education horror stories, but no one has twisted tales of terror like mine and my daughter’s. Am I a bad parent? A poor advocate? But no, I have moved … Continue reading

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Playing Chicken
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The school district and I are playing a high stakes (at least for my daughter) game of chicken. They want me to sign an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)—read annual contract—committing my daughter Katie to the generic, for-profit, non-public school (NPS) … Continue reading

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Summer School Surprise
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Summer school. What can I say about summer school? In a word: amazing. I’m serious. After three agonizing months of what can only be described as a horrible in-home “school” experience, summer school has blown my mind. Quite possibly, it … Continue reading

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Just When I Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse, Part 6
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You thought I forgot about this story, didn’t you? Life (and death) intervened, but I’m back to finish this crazy tale. You can find the previous installments here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. The … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye
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Katie and I are on vacation this week, getting some much needed rest and relaxation on the Sonoma Coast. This place has never failed to provide both of us with much needed solace and sanctuary. I am grateful that we … Continue reading

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