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My role:
Parent, Professional
Location (optional, for Advanced Search)
Keokuk, Iowa
My Age Range:
46-50
My child's age range:
Transition Beyond High School
My race and ethnicity:
Caucasian
About Myself:
First of all, I'm Mom to two boys. Michael is 23, Colton is 18 and will graduate high school in May. My Husband Mike and I have been married for 27 years this July. I'm a school Nurse at an elementary school consisting of 230 4th & 5th graders. I'm very passionate about being a youth leader for our churches middle school & high school youth group as well as public speaking about my son, Colton who has multiple learning challenges (NOT disabilities)!
About My Family:
My husband is a Firefighter here in Keokuk and also works part time as a machinist. Our oldest son Michael will graduate in May from Full Sail University's online program with a degree in Digital Cinematography and our youngest son Colton will graduate high school in May! Colton then plans to attend Iowa State University majoring in Animal Ecology to become a Conservation Officer.
I'm here because...
In 2nd grade Colton was diagnosed with 6 learning challenges (Not disabilities). We refuse to use the word disability due to the negativity the word itself projects. Our son is challenged in many areas, but he is definitely not disabled. He can do the same things every other kid his age can do. He can learn the same things as his peers, he just has to do it differently.
His challenges are: ADD, Reading Comprehension challenge, Math challenge, Short term memory challenge, Written Expression Challenge & Slow processing. We were told at the time of diagnosis he would never attend a 4 yr. college, may not even get through high school and may never live on his own. I took this as a challenge myself and became a bold advocator and positive re-enforcer for my son! Despite all of this, he is a success story that I'm excited to share!
Disability Interests:
ADD/ADHD, Learning Disability, Visual Impairment

Puplic Speaking

Over the last 7 years I have shared Colton's Journey with Education Majors and Early Childhood Education Majors at Iowa State University (each semester), Mt. Mercy University (yearly), Wartburg College and our local AEA.

With each passing year, we have gained valuable knowledge and experience in how to ensure students with challenges learn, grow and develop just like their peers.  Every child has the same hopes and dreams, whether they are a typical child or a unique child with challenges. 

Colton's Journey will help parents, future Educators and current Educators understand those unique students, how to focus on their abilities and capitalize on their uniqueness and ensure they reach their highest potential, and quite possibly, beyond!

Please contact me if you are interested in having me share Colton's Journey with your group.  College Education Majors, School staff & Educators are my target audience, however I am happy to share with any group interested. 

You may contact me at the following email: fourwinns2@hotmail.com

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Transitions 2

Posted on June 24, 2015 at 10:13am 0 Comments

In my last blog I talked about transitions and how we as parents are transitioning as well as our kids.  There are so many areas of Transition, I could write a book!  But today, I'm going to talk a little about having a backup plan just in case the original plan doesn't work.  As well as how to transition your child from the original plan to the backup plan with as little trauma to their self-esteem as possible.

Having…

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Transitions

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 10:28am 1 Comment

Transitions: that word can cover a wide range of meanings, depending on the age of your child and the "transition" they are going through.  My son is 20 and just completed his first year of college.  He was diagnosed in 2nd grade with multiple learning challenges.  We've been through every transition and then some.  I know how stressful and difficult each transition can be.  I've also learned a lot and hope…

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Networking

Posted on June 1, 2015 at 9:15am 0 Comments

I can't express the importance of networking with other families of unique kids enough.  When Colton was diagnosed, I felt completely alone.  I felt like I was the only mom out there with a child who struggled as Colton did.  After all, we were told when he was diagnosed that only 1% of kids have this combination of challenges.  We MUST be the only ones, at least the only ones in our little town way down in the corner of the state.…

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School's Out For The Summer...Or Not

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 12:03pm 0 Comments

Summer time...no books, no homework, no tests!  However, if you have a child with challenges, that may not be the case.  My son had to be tutored all summer, every summer until 7th grade.  He essentially never got a break from school, being tutored 2-3 hours/day, 3 days a week all summer.

If you haven't considered tutoring over the summer, even though it's not the ideal summer activity, your child will greatly benefit…

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