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January 2018
Karen Thompson
  • Female
  • Johnston, IA
  • United States
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My role:
My Age Range:
My child's age range:
Elementary, Middle School
My race and ethnicity:
Caucasian, Native American
About Myself:
One of my attributes is Dyslexia. Luckily, when I was diagnosed at age 7, I was strongly supported by my parents -- one of whom is a stroke survivor. They let me know the expectations were very high for me to succeed. Many others: community members, educators and my friends helped along the way also. I was done with special education by the 6th grade and have compensated well since. I strongly believe that partnerships of families and professionals make all the difference in the success of kids, so I'm thrilled to be a part of the ASK Resource Center Team.
About My Family:
My husband is an adult with ADHD who was diagnosed as we figured out that our son has ADHD which was causing him struggles in school. Soon after, our daughter was also diagnosed. We also have 2 labs, 1 cat, 6 chickens and multiple fish that we consider a part of the family! :)
I'm here because...
My two children with ADHD are my life and inspiration! Although they have the same diagnosis, they couldn't be more different -- aren't we all?!
Disability Interests:
ADD/ADHD, Learning Disability

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At 2:54pm on February 18, 2015, Kathleen Saleh said…

Hi, Karen, I hope you and the team are all well!  I have my students exploring FIND, and I just wanted to pass on the positive feedback. "A brilliant way to connect at the grassroots level," was a comment one student shared.  Another student passed on the following video, . I appreciate that the voice of individuals who identify themselves is represented.  Thanks for all the advocacy work!  Kathleen Saleh

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Posted on October 28, 2014 at 4:59pm 0 Comments

Nationally Renowned Parent Attorney Pete Wright, Esq. is coming to Iowa!  We only get this opportunity about once every 5 years.  Hotel rooms are cheap, 4 books come with the training and lunch will be served.  There are also foster parent and social worker CEU's, attorney CLE's and Graduate Credit available.  You can register by going to the home page of ASK at, using this link …


This says it all...

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 11:13am 0 Comments

You have to just read this.  I don't think I can say anything more about the power we have to change our own world...

They Taught Us Words are Powerless, and They Were Wrong

Don't believe everything you think...

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

I haven't had much time to post lately.  I have to get this one out there before I get busy and forget.  It's too important not to...

I was in a meeting today with a number of colleagues from ASK and from the Iowa Parent Educator Connection.  Such GREAT company to be in for the day!  Someone there made a thought provoking statement at the beginning of the day...

"Don't believe everything you think".  

It has sure stuck with me.  I returned to my office to find this…


An Inspirational View of a Senior's Next Opportunity

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 3:49pm 0 Comments

Research shows that THE BEST predictor of success in living, learning, and working after high school for kids with disabilities is their parent figures holding high expectations of them.  It was certainly true for me.  My prognosis of Dyslexia at the age of 7 included a recommendation that my parents consider alternative vocational options for me.  The report we received stated I would have difficult graduating from high school and "was not likely to succeed" in college. …


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