Category Archives: Education

The Transition to Adulthood: Planning Ahead

When my son Jeremy reached 22, he left the auspices of the school district. Like many on the spectrum, his interests and needs were varied and he didn’t fit into any of the adult programs that existed in our area … Continue reading

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Bully-Proof Your Child

In retrospect, the bullying started at a very young age. Even when my oldest son was in preschool, other students would avoid him, not because he was mean or aggressive but because he was impulsive, unpredictable, and got stuck on … Continue reading

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Building Body Boundaries

Tackling the realities of personal safety is a positive step on the road towards self-advocacy for your child… With all the responsibilities you have as the parent of a child on the spectrum, the possibility of a predator attempting to … Continue reading

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Home Sweet Homeschool

If you’re considering homeschooling, then keep in mind that your child’s learning environment can be a teaching tool. If you’ve made the decision to homeschool your child, it’s likely that you’ll be giving a lot of thought to the right … Continue reading

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Working The System

When it comes to guiding your child through the school years, it pays to get informed about the help you can expect… My name is Kim Stagliano and I’m transition-phobic. Transitions make my skin crawl, raise the hairs on the … Continue reading

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Is Your Child Safe At School?

An updated look at abuse in schools and long overdue legislation that could help end it. Thirteen years ago my goal was to leave the world of advertising to be a mother, but more importantly, my child’s teacher. While my … Continue reading

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Learning After Leaving High School

Transition means extra planning for young ASD adults… While Jeremy was growing up, I never imagined he would graduate from high school, let alone attend college­—but eventually he took and passed the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), and graduated … Continue reading

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Environment: The Third Teacher

The changing face of schools for our special children  My brother has Down Syndrome, and I have clear memories of visiting prospective schools and residential programs for him when we were both younger. It was the 1970s, and at that … Continue reading

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Become A Mentor

In a small condo outside Disneyland, an Indian man I’d just met urged my son, my husband and I to eat the yogurt, lentils and hot naan bread his wife had prepared. Her long skirts swished as she served us, … Continue reading

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Be Heard When It Comes to Bullying

Tackling bullying isn’t easy, especially if it occurs in ways you never expected it… Back to school is a happy time in our household. My girls, Mia, 17, Gianna, 16, and Bella, 12, crave the routine, reliable schedule, socialization and … Continue reading

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