Category Archives: Parenting

Teenager-to-Parent attitude osmosis

This morning I was listening to my daughter’s alarm go off, wondering if she will awaken with the world view of a Gulag prisoner or Nancy Drew… I was delighted when it was more like Nancy Drew. Ok, Nancy Drew … Continue reading

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Functional Behavior Analysis – FBA

Today we had the big FBA meeting, present were 2 of my daughter’s teachers from SVHS; Tim Murphy (Emotional Support) and Catherine Sobania (Learning Support), Janice Kimenhour (Counselor), Moira O’Connor (Supervisor of Special Education), Russell Carawan (K-12 Mental Health Specialist) … Continue reading

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A parent’s note about IEP meetings

Imagine this: You are in a room with a large table, surrounded by school staff. You are probably alone, perhaps with your child. The subject is your child’s welfare. Their future. If there is a disagreement, it will feel like … Continue reading

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My daughter wants to quit school

That’s what she told me on the phone this afternoon, right before I was heading out to her IEP meeting at 1pm. She feels miserable about her situatuation at BAVTS, with her teacher Mrs. Layoun. Apparently there was some deal … Continue reading

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When an IEP is not followed

My daughter has specific provisions in her IEP for being able to leave the classroom if she feels it is necessary. If she leaves, she can go either to the vice principal’s office or to the classroom of a designated … Continue reading

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IEP Meeting 1pm on Monday, Oct. 23

I had originally requested this meeting on Sept. 22nd, so it was nice to hear a confirmation. BAVTS will have a representative there, according to my daughter’s Saucon Valley teacher, Tim Murphy.

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My daughter can smell fear

My daughter started a Cosmetology class last year at the Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School (BAVTS). Her teacher, Mrs. Green, displayed a confidence and affection for her work that I believe disarmed my daughter. My daughter didn’t particularly ‘like’ her, … Continue reading

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A child’s self-esteem

Any parent knows how critical this is for a child (and adult!) so I try to keep an eye on my daughter’s… I have seen crushing depression and heard her remark about how stupid/ugly/[fill-in-word-here] she is. I have discussed this … Continue reading

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When an IEP is not

When a teacher starts talking to me about rules that everyone has to adhere to in class, behavior(s) that aren’t acceptable because other students will request that they be allowed to do them too, I become concerned. There is validity … Continue reading

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