19  Jul
Others…

Recently, I was asked to design some written expression to accompany a video montage being created about how the Frisco ISD SAGE PTA committee is empowering teachers and parents, and touching the lives of very unique children. SAGE=Special and Gifted Education. This PTA committee is made up of dedicated parents, teachers, administrators and support staff who are working to make sure that these two sub-populations of children receive recognition and representation through campus and district PTA committees!

While the video montage turned out wonderfully (very heartfelt and touching), the producer and I couldn’t seem to find a way to get the words to sync with the lovely photos and chosen music selections. So, the “poem” I wrote will now be used on the FISD SAGE website (instead of in the video), but I also wanted to share it here, with all of my dedicated readers. Hope you enjoy:

Others

By Leigh Attaway Wilcox

 

Some children come to learning and the experience of school with ease…others simply do not.

Some children effortlessly breeze through school days, extra-curricular activities and daily routines with no worries or concerns…others simply do not.

Some children need very little extra attention or specialized instruction…others need a great deal of added attention and individualized instruction in order to succeed.

Some children get exactly what they need in the general education classroom without modifications, accommodations or extensions and added challenges…others require altered curriculum and supportive supplemental staff to thrive.

Some children go entire school years without exhibiting challenging behaviors…others have challenging behaviors weekly, daily, or at times hourly; but only because they need us more than some children.

 

These others are the special and gifted students, the diverse learners in our lives who require extra dedication, patience and attention, far beyond that which typical students may need.

These others work harder at school and home life than many of us will ever fully comprehend; yet they do it with sweet smiles, with humongous hugs, with infectious hope, joy and love.

These others may melt-down and show us that they have limits which must be considered and respected, but they manage to inspire us beyond measure with surprising fortitude in the following moments…hours…days…and weeks.

These others thrive when we work together to provide the ideal individualized, diverse learning environment to suit their special needs. Don’t all kids deserve to thrive?

These others are the students who—out of all the children’s lives we touch—impact us the most when we are able to successfully facilitate their growth and progress!

 

Our dedication to these others comes at a steep price at times, in terms of the emotions and time we expend, yet the rewards these others provide to us in return through their utterly individual, special and gifted ways, is enough to make our hearts soar and our souls smile!

 

Thanks to the Frisco educators: the general education staff; the special education staff; the administration; and the support staff who make these others a positive priority in Frisco ISD classrooms and schools.

 

Thanks to all the Frisco parents and family members of these others: family members who work tirelessly to collaborate with educators to ensure that these others—our precious children, adolescents and young adults—are fully equipped and supported in ways which will ensure their successes at school, at home and in society.

 

Here’s to working together…truly collaborating through SAGE…in order to help our diverse learners THRIVE in Frisco ISD!

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About the Author: Leigh Attaway Wilcox is a Frisco SAGE Member, Local Author and Mother to Ethan Wilcox (who is considered both “special” and “gifted” in Frisco ISD.)

 

Note: Please consider Copyright Laws! This poem may not be used or reproduced, in part or whole, without express permission from the author. To contact Mrs. Wilcox for permissions, please visit her website (www.leighattawaywilcox.com) and send her an e-mail: leigh@leighattawaywilcox.com.

Posted by Leigh, filed under Asperger's Syndrome. Date: July 19, 2010, 7:59 am | No Comments »

Jason, Jaxson, Jessica & Josieanne Fournerat

Jason, Jaxson, Jessica & Josieanne Fournerat

Today on the Dallas Moms Blog, I shared a post from a fellow ASD mom about her journey with Autism. You can read it here. Her powerful message is one that encourages me; I hope it will you, too.

Posted by Leigh, filed under Asperger's Syndrome, Dallas Moms Blog. Date: July 7, 2010, 10:14 pm | No Comments »

Well, with Ethan home for the summer, I’m just not doing a good job of keeping up…I regret that I haven’t shared my most recent Dallas Moms posts, so I’m going to attempt to catch up below. Hope you enjoy them!

A guest blog from Melody Latimer about handling non-harmful behaviors of children with ASD.

Ethan Wilcox and Roman Scott

Ethan Wilcox and Roman Scott

Update about the Write Here North Texas Author Festival at Legacy Books.

Guest Blog from Dr. Greene about toxins every parent should know about.

Lead in kids’ fruit drinks and snacks? Scary stuff…worth a read!

Still time to Sketch-a-Space with Google and Easter Seals to win $2000!

Interesting guest blog from Nagla Moussa regarding the TEA Commissioner’s Rule Review.

Information about the 2010 Autism Society National Conference, happening next week!

Guest blog from Karen VanGordon about protecting your family from the hazards of lead paint.

Posted by Leigh, filed under Dallas Moms Blog. Date: July 1, 2010, 9:35 am | No Comments »

Stephanie's Day

Stephanie's Day

You’re not going to want to miss these opportunities this weekend if you can help it! Check out my post on the Dallas Moms Blog about Stephanie’s Day at NorthPark Center and WRITE HERE North Texas Author Festival at Legacy Books, featuring local author and mother, Elizabeth Scott. Elizabeth recovered her son, Roman, from Autism utilizing “Skills and Drills” and shares their journey in her two books.

Elizabeth & Roman Scott

Elizabeth & Roman Scott

Posted by Leigh, filed under Dallas Moms Blog. Date: June 3, 2010, 9:31 pm | No Comments »

Shrek Forever After

Shrek Forever After

Well, if you tried to see Shrek Forever After at the Studio Movie Grill in Plano last Sunday and were turned away at the Box Office, the management at SMG Plano has rescheduled a sensory-friendly showing of the film this Saturday, May 29th, at 11am. Check out my post on the Dallas Moms Blog for more about it!

Posted by Leigh, filed under Dallas Moms Blog. Date: May 28, 2010, 7:47 am | No Comments »

Dallas Moms Bloggers at Green Cleaning Party

Dallas Moms Bloggers at Green Cleaning Party

Last Sunday I hosted a wonderful Green Cleaning Party with the help of a kit from Women’s Voice for the Earth (WVE.) Check out my post about it on the Dallas Moms Blog here. So much fun and good for the earth, too!

Posted by Leigh, filed under Dallas Moms Blog. Date: May 28, 2010, 7:42 am | No Comments »

Well, folks, would it surprise you to hear that I’m doing too much? That I’ve taken on a little more than I can handle with the hours of the day God designed for us?

I have, and as it is now something has to go…so I’m not doing a very good job of getting to MY blog to create fresh, new posts OR to share the posts from me at the Dallas Moms Blog.

However, you know that I believe in “better late than never,” so here are some posts I KNOW you’ll love to read. Great stuff, really!

Disconnected Kids, by Dr. Robert Melillo

Disconnected Kids, by Dr. Robert Melillo

Disconnected Kids: A Book for parents and teachers of kids with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and other Neurological Disorders

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Going Strong" from Flaghouse

"Going Strong" from Flaghouse

Flaghouse Catalogs for kids, adolescents, adults and seniors living with special needs

 

 

 

 

 

Dallas Safe & Sound

Dallas Safe & Sound

Dallas Safe & Sound - how YOU can help!

 

I’d love for you to read and either pick up a new fact or two, or feel compelled to take action and contact your local law enforcement and first responders so they can attend Dallas Safe & Sound for FREE!

Posted by Leigh, filed under Dallas Moms Blog. Date: May 26, 2010, 10:17 am | No Comments »

The super-smart Second-graders at Friendship Elementary School in Keller were stellar audience members today when I presented at their annual Career Day. It was my pleasure to spend time with each class (6 sections) to share what being an “Author” is really like. The Counselor at the school, Jennifer Cowen, and I used to teach together in Grand Prairie at Bowie Elementary. Mrs. Cowen worked very hard to make this Career Day at Friendship absolutely fantastic!

Leigh Wilcox & Jennifer Cowen

Leigh Wilcox & Jennifer Cowen

Since I used to teach kids this age, it was so much fun to spend time with the kids and answer lots of thoughtful questions. I shared a little bit about being a picture book author, but also introduced the students to what “Freelance Writing” is. Showing magazine articles in print and online seemed to interest them and when I told them that they would be the focus of my next blog–they were very excited!

Ms. Hames Class listens in as I talk about All Better

Ms. Hames' Class listens in as I talk about All Better

 

The kids asked some great questions today. What a smart and well-behaved group of students! One smart girl, Amberlee in Ms. Roberts’ class, asked me how a student can ask an author to read their work. Amberlee loves to write! I gave her some tips about how to work with her mom, dad or teacher to send me an email through my website. She promised she would send me a sample of her writing to get my feedback…I’m going to be watching my Inbox for it!

Mrs. Wilcox with Amberlee at Friendship Elem.

Mrs. Wilcox with Amberlee at Friendship Elem.

 

During my last presentation, Hannah in Ms. Gilley’s class, asked me a question that made me smile! Hannah asked, “Are you rich and famous?” She went on to ask if everywhere I go people scream out my name and try to touch my clothes and tear off pieces to keep! Since I am neither rich, nor famous, I shared with Hannah that it is rare that anyone even recognizes me as an Author or Writer when I’m out and about; I’m just an ordinary mom, much like the other moms Hannah and Amberlee might see in carpool, at gymnastics or at a soccer game.

Mrs. Wilcox & Hannah at Friendship Elem.

Mrs. Wilcox & Hannah at Friendship Elem.

 

The students at Friendship Elementary were excited to hear that I would be “blogging” (really just writing and sharing) about them today. Many took the bookmarks I shared (with my web address) and told me they had plans to visit this weekend with their parents to leave a comment.

So, to my new friends at Friendship Elementary: What did you think? Would you like to be an author or a freelance writer someday? What did you like most about Career Day? I can’t wait to read your comments!

Posted by Leigh, filed under ALL BETTER. Date: May 14, 2010, 5:43 pm | 1 Comment »

Since May is Lyme Awareness Month, I posted on the Dallas Moms Blog about chronic Lyme Infections, Lyme Disease and Lyme-Induced Autism. Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed as many, many other maladies. Read it here to see if you can learn something new about Lyme; I sure did as I prepared to write about it!

Spirochete similar to Lyme

Spirochete similar to Lyme

Posted by Leigh, filed under Asperger's Syndrome, Dallas Moms Blog. Date: May 13, 2010, 10:58 pm | No Comments »

So, Dear Readers, I typically try to share my posts on the Dallas Moms Blog right after they go up…alas, I have failed yet again. However, I do believe that late, is better than not at all, so here you go!

The Horse Boy is a phenomenal new documentary about the unorthodox treatment one Texas family seeks out to help heal their son with Autism. Worth a read (my post, that is) and worth a watch! If you missed it on PBS, so sorry. It is totally worth trying to find elsewhere!

The Horse Boy - PBS Documentary

The Horse Boy - PBS Documentary

StoryCorps offered a very cool video clip of a young man, Joshua Littman, interviewing his mother, Sarah, and then shared it in honor of Mother’s Day. Though Mother’s Day has passed, I think you’ll like the clip anyway. Click on over to my post and take a peek!

Posted by Leigh, filed under Asperger's Syndrome, Dallas Moms Blog. Date: May 12, 2010, 9:24 am | No Comments »

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