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News - November 26, 2010

New special ed PTA helps parents, teachers

New Whisman group aims to end isolation, build community

by Nick Veronin

It isn't easy raising a child with a learning disability. Nor is it a simple task to teach one. Mountain View resident Christine Case-Lo knows that first hand: Alex, her 7-year-old son, recognizes little value in doing the things adults ask of him and regularly ignores the direction of his mother and teachers.

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Posted by Cathie
a resident of another community
on Nov 28, 2010 at 9:06 am

I applaud Ms. Case-Lo's leadership in establishing the SEPTAR; parents of special needs children (SNC) (including those with learning disabilities) have a unique insight into what works for their children. I also applaud Mr. Gingras for embracing a partnership with parents and recognizing that SNC are best served when working with parents. General ed teachers have their hands full and typically don't have the time nor expertise to adequately help SNC. The SEPTAR can help bridge the gap.


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Posted by Common Sense
a resident of another community
on Nov 28, 2010 at 10:32 am

What a great story -- win-win! I wish every school district in California would use this as a model. Trying to balance the needs of all children, federal mandates, state financial situation, etc. is admittedly overwhelming. But pitting parents against their neighbors and school personnel isn't the answer. Doesn't it make perfect sense to have everyone talking and working together to help educate children with special needs? There is no shame in needing help, and no shame in being open about what is and isn't possible. Finding innovative, progressive ways to support students with learning challenges pays off exponentially later in life by providing a foundation for living productive, fulfilling lives with little or no societal intervention. This is the ultimate reward for anyone who chooses education as a career.


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