As most parents of
students with special needs know, our children require more than just pencils,
loose-leaf and a graphing calculator to meet their individual goals and
objectives. Whether it be an IEP, high-incentive motivators, visual schedules,
augmentative communication devices, occupational therapy, or social stories,
the tools in our children's pencil boxes extend way beyond what most other
parents can even imagine.
And while we'd all
like to be experts in the process, practices, and paraphernalia associated with
our children's individual needs, it always helps to have support from other
parents and professionals who have experience in many of the situations we
encounter as we take this journey through school with our children.
Who are we? Parents, educators, and administrators in
the Johnston public school system, working with children with identified
special learning and social needs from pre-school to 21.
We began as a Barnes-based group for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders,
but are expanding to include all children with special needs, district-wide.
What do we do? We meet regularly to share resources, ask
questions, get advice, and discuss ways to offer our children all the support
we can, both in school and at home. We also raise money to support district
programs and the educators and children they serve, as well as offer outreach
to parents who may have children who would benefit from special education
do you join? Email Robert
Rocchio, Jr., Licensed
Social Worker at firstname.lastname@example.org or parent
member, Lori La Terra Bellina at email@example.com.