Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Two Kids, One Story About Support for Learning Differences - NCLD

Two Kids, One Story About Support for Learning Differences - NCLD

Watch this stop action animation created by Abhay Gulati. The video tells the story of two children, and the life-changuing difference the right support fromparnets can make.

I've had students over the years that I knew had learning differences. A few parents were reluctant to have their children evaluated for fear of the children being "labeled". Sometimes I could get help for these children by describing how they learn in their IEP and the methods that were best for them without listing a label. A good specialist "gotta do what a specialist gotta do!"

To see the video, click the hot link above.

When to Contact Your Child's Teachers: 3 Signs It's Time to Speak Up - NCLD

At a Glance

  • Frequent homework issues could be a sign of trouble at school.
  • A change in your child’s attitude about school could be another telltale sign.
  • Communicating your concerns early can sometimes head off bigger problems.
Have you ever wanted to call or email your child’s teacher but were
afraid of being a bother? Don’t worry! Gone are the days of waiting for a
parent-teacher conference, a PTA meeting or a chance meeting in the
school hallway to touch base with the teacher.

School websites,
social networks, email and texting have made it easier to stay in
contact. And communicating early can sometimes head off bigger problems
and enable you to build a solid relationship with the school.

Here are three situations when it’s wise to reach out: [This article continues at the Learning Disablities site at the link below]

When to Contact Your Child's Teachers: 3 Signs It's Time to Speak Up - NCLD

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Philadelphia Salon Hosting Fundraiser For Indonesian Child With Rare Cancer

By Chelsea Karnash of CBS Philly 
[Source Link: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/01/29/philadelphia-salon-hosting-fundraiser-for-indonesian-child-with-rare-cancer/]

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A little boy is fighting for his life, and one local salon is trying to help.
Pieter, a two-year-old from Indonesia, is battling a rare form of eye cancer called bilateral sporadic retinoblastoma. The cancer already caused him to lose his left eye shortly after birth; now, the disease has reappeared in his right eye.

Luckily for Pieter, his parents were able to bring him to the United States to undergo treatment at Philadelphia’s Wills Eye Institute. Unfortunately, they had to sell their home in Indonesia and use most of their savings to pay for that treatment – over $50,000, with almost $25,000 more still needed to finish Pieter’s treatment.

That’s where Laurentius Purnama, owner of Philadelphia’s well-known Laurentius Salon and a native of Indonesia himself, comes in.

Purnama, who met Pieter and his family at the Church St. Thomas Aquinas in South Philadelphia where his son, Jude, goes to Sunday School, was touched by the family’s story and decided he wanted to host an event to help fund the boy’s treatment.

On Sunday, February 9th, Laurentius Salon will be donating the entire day’s proceeds to Pieter’s family so that they can continue his treatment here in Philadelphia. Customers can make an appointment for any service – cut, color, blowouts, manicures and pedicures – and the cost will go towards Pieter’s battle with cancer.

Additionally, Laurentius will host a silent auction for several mint condition designer handbags, including a Louis Vuitton Mary Kate bag and an Yves Saint Laurent Mombasa bag, as well as other great prizes.

For those unable to attend the one-day fundraiser, Laurentius has also set up a kickstarter fund for Pieter and his family.

“No donation is too small, and each and every donation adds one more ray of hope for Pieter,” the page says.

So far, online donors have contributed nearly $13,000, but more is still necessary to ensure Pieter is able to continue receiving treatment.

“If it’s determined on February 5th that Pieter needs additional treatment, or if another retinoblastoma appears,” Purnama writes, “Pieter’s family has no more options.”

To donate to Pieter’s cause online, visit: www.gofundme.com/6c11os. Or, to make an appointment for the Feb. 9th fundraiser at Laurentius Salon, visit: http://laurentiussalon.com/contact-us.