Issy Stapleton and the Public Narrative

Issy Stapleton is still alive.  Issy Stapleton is still alive.  Issy Stapleton is still alive.

I get the distinct feeling that this point is lost to some.  Issy Stapleton is out there, physically recovering from the trauma of almost dying.  For those who don’t know, Kelli Stapleton attempted to kill her daughter and herself.  Her daughter is autistic.  There are many, many theories going around about what happened, why it happened, and how to prevent it.  I’m not writing to weigh in on that. Read the rest of this entry »

Wednesday Words: On Being Grateful

grate·ful (grātfəl) adj.
feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful.

There’s a story floating around the internet this week, about a mystery diner who paid for a family’s dinner after seeing the family’s little boy lose his cool in the restaurant.  The boy is nonverbal as a result of a severe form of epilepsy.  The diner also sent over an anonymous note, which read “God only gives special children to special parents.” Read the rest of this entry »

Compliance, Learning, and Special Needs

Well, world, Mouse had her first week of school.  I’m…. troubled.

She seems perfectly happy there and is going through only minor adjustment issues, it seems.  We need to get her to bed earlier, that is very obvious.  The poor girl is worse than molasses in the morning.  She’s more like frozen, crystallized, petrified molasses.

It isn’t the adjustment I’m worried about.  It is the System. Read the rest of this entry »