Added by Jane Gay on March 26, 2014 at 8:07am — No Comments
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
We all have high expectations for ourselves and our accomplishments, and that's great. We need to have high expectations, because without them, we'll never reach our full potential. The key part is, though, realizing what is our full potential? How far can we really go with the…Continue
Added by Nicole Hill on March 25, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
The term "Executive Functioning" seems to be popping up all over these days. Here's a brief explanation:
Executive Functioning affects a person's ability to...
Although not a learning disability, different patterns of weakness in executive…Continue
We had 3 boys prior to the 2 boys we have now. And these two boys we did adopt. 1 boy turned out to have Tourette Syndrome and the other boy doesn't. I wouldn't trade him for the world. The oldest son has decided to travel down a road that we don't really care to talk about. We just hope that some day (soon) he will wake up and realize how good it had it and how he threw his life away. But we can't do anything to change his mind. So, we continue to focus on the younger son. We help him with…Continue
Added by Lisa on March 20, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
I found this quote to be a little funny, but so true when you think about it. Siding with the majority is the easy route. You don't have to worry about hearing that your view is "wrong" when you side with the majority, because there becomes a point that the viewpoint of…Continue
Added by Nicole Hill on March 19, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
If you are in the East Village and see a guy zipping around on a red scooter, it's probably my brother. He gets around!! He loves living in Downtown Des Moines and has a pretty sweet set…Continue
Added by Mari Reynolds on March 17, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” - Robert Frost
Each day is an educational experience. They say you learn something new every single day. You never know when life is going to throw you a curve ball. There are times it's difficult to keep our cool. That's all part of the learning process. Once you have a strong educational or mental foundation, though, you're able to take on…Continue
Added by Nicole Hill on March 17, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
Kids in Iowa with Serious Emotional Disturbance must now wait TWO YEARS to get the Medicaid Home and Community Based Children’s Mental Health Waiver (HCBS CMH). The waiver provides a comprehensive support system that allows these children to remain in their own home and communities, as opposed to more costly institutions that are often far away from their homes. Think about what two years means in the development of a child.
The Iowa Legislature is currently discussing the budget and…Continue
Added by Tammy Nyden on March 17, 2014 at 8:17am — No Comments
As I travel the state of Iowa engaged in trainings, conferences, meetings, and discussions with parents from all different cultural, economic, educational, and ethnic backgrounds, one theme continues to surface: mental health concerns/challenges are great and resources in the school system are short. As common as mental health illness is, 1 in 10 children has a serious emotional disorder that affects his or her ability to function daily, even the Individual with…Continue
Added by Monica Rouse on March 13, 2014 at 10:45pm — No Comments
It’s that time of year again – we all have to think about gathering the paperwork, and figuring out what we owe Uncle Sam or what he owes us. If you haven't yet filed your 2013 income tax return, you will be doing so in the next several weeks. There are a significant number of special deductions, exclusions, and credits available to you if you have a disability, are the parent of the child with a disability, or hire a person with a disability that may mean more tax dollars stay in your…Continue
Added by Connie B. Fanselow on March 13, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
Added by Jane Gay on March 12, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments
Magellan Health Services has announced a new program starting April 1 that will provide funding for ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) services to children under the age of nine who are not otherwise eligible for such services through Medicaid (the Iowa Plan) or private health insurers.
To qualify for the program, the child must…Continue
Added by Connie B. Fanselow on March 9, 2014 at 9:30pm — No 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...
Added by Karen Thompson on March 5, 2014 at 11:13am — No Comments
Added by Jane Gay on March 5, 2014 at 8:33am — No Comments