Gwendolyn sees a confidential school report listing her weaknesses. She knows she struggles. Now she has proof. She develops a list of fifty-four things to get under control. Because to go to horse camp, she must behave. And so begins the story of 11-year-old Gwen, who thinks she has only one friend, a half-brother, who her mother doesn't acknowledge, and a brain that cracks. They thought she had ADHD. If you read this book, you may think like me, it might be just be FASD.
2020 Wishes for My Daughter and FASD: #4 Recognition in the School System
School is geared for the masses. If we want an inclusive society and promote education as a right, then students should be taught in a way that supports and accommodates their development. FASD is not recognized in our school system as a condition that qualifies for support, be that an Educational Assistant (EA) or Child … Continue reading 2020 Wishes for My Daughter and FASD: #4 Recognition in the School System
Day 36 of 99 Days to FASDay: With Support Students can Succeed
Day 36 of our 99 day journey and this myth is about plateau of learning. While research has suggested that skill levels for people with FASD vary (see graphic below), I believe Grade 4 (through my own experience with the maiden) is definitely when things began to "fall apart" at school for her. After the … Continue reading Day 36 of 99 Days to FASDay: With Support Students can Succeed
Another school day. Another sick day.
I think I have mentioned school attendance before but if not, I will now. For the last five years getting my daughter to school is a struggle almost every day. I'm not sure the exact number of days in a school year - let me estimate 160 - (10 mos. x 20 days - 40 … Continue reading Another school day. Another sick day.
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