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Karen Thompson
  • Female
  • Johnston, IA
  • United States
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Profile Information

My role:
Parent
My Age Range:
36-45
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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Karen Thompson left a comment for Katie
"Welcome to FIND Katie!  I hope you FIND some useful connections and tools here. :) Karen"
Mar 6
Karen Thompson left a comment for Robert Schultz
"HI there,  I JUST saw your friend request.  I'm so  sorry I missed it before and it was buried.  I have added controls to my account to help manage the back end of FIND and sometimes I miss the basics.  My bad.…"
Jun 8, 2015
Kathleen Saleh left a comment for Karen Thompson
"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…"
Jun 8, 2015
Karen Thompson liked FIND Support's group "Together We Can" Conference
Apr 30, 2015
Pam Fritz liked Karen Thompson's blog post DON'T MISS PETE WRIGHT, PARENT ATTORNEY!
Nov 14, 2014
Karen Thompson commented on FIND Support's group Wrightslaw DSM 2014
"Can't wait!"
Nov 13, 2014
Karen Thompson joined FIND Support's group
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Wrightslaw DSM 2014

This group is for the parents and professionals who attended the 2014 Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Training in Des Moines on Tuesday, November 18.See More
Nov 13, 2014
Karen Thompson shared FIND Support's group on Facebook
Nov 13, 2014
Karen Thompson liked FIND Support's group Wrightslaw DSM 2014
Nov 13, 2014
Karen Thompson shared their blog post on Facebook
Oct 28, 2014
Karen Thompson posted a blog post

DON'T MISS PETE WRIGHT, PARENT ATTORNEY!

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 www.askresource.org, using this link …See More
Oct 28, 2014
Karen Thompson shared Joanna Schroeder's blog post on Facebook
Jun 20, 2014
Karen Thompson commented on Joanna Schroeder's blog post Being My Own Advocate Saved My Life
"Wow, Joanna.  Thanks for sharing.  I'm looking forward to hearing more of your story on FIND.  This is EXACTLY what it is for.  To help folks connect and help each other help themselves.  "
Jun 13, 2014
Karen Thompson shared Deb Samson's event on Facebook
Mar 27, 2014

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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, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv1aDEFlXq8 . I appreciate that the voice of individuals who identify themselves is represented.  Thanks for all the advocacy work!  Kathleen Saleh

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DON'T MISS PETE WRIGHT, PARENT ATTORNEY!

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 www.askresource.org, using this link …

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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…

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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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