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Homeschooling in the Desert with Intention and Hope and Special Needs


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ESA Funding chart for 2011/2012

http://www.azed.gov/esa/files/2011/12/approximate-funding-levels.pdf

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Nurturing the hearts of children with Autism

Here is a nice video explaining the use of The Nurtured Heart approach specifically with children that have Autism. It is an effective approach to the challenges these children sometimes face with emotional regulation. It is a very casually done video but has lots of great information to offer. http://nurturedvideo.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=129&Itemid=202

 

 


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Photo Gallery | Pathways

 

Photo Gallery | Pathways.  Open house on Saturday February 23rd from 11:00 to 1:30.  737 E. Guadalupe.  Small, flexible, personalized. I have not been to this school myself, but it was recommended by a member in the ESA group.


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SERC Home School

SERC Home School.Neurobiology class.  Lots of great resources on this site even though it’s not local I have found it very informative and inspiring.

 


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Get involved, get informed and be heard.

Keep your eye on what's going on, and don't be afraid to speak up to support children.

Keep your eye on what’s going on, and don’t be afraid to speak up to support children.

I copied a bit from our ESA gmail group to save here for reference.  It’s important that we stay informed and we make ourselves heard if we want to continue to use state educational funds to continue educating children with special needs at home with some freedom to use systematic, scaffolded or scientifically based, innovative, or unique but affective approaches to learning that are not offered in some public or private settings but are successful for our kids. Sometimes the available classroom approach to learning is not the best fit for your child. This is a complex program and requires us to pay attention to the agenda of some that are involved so that it will truly serve children in need and not the just the best interest of those that are busy just serving themselves on the backs of the most vulnerable.

Lisa reminded us of the advice of another ESA member Call your elected reps and let them know. In my case they never vote how I want them too so I suggest this and I am plagiarizing from Staci’s post back in January. She is right and we should all do this. It’s the process for being heard and staying on top of the issue. By the time we organize it’s voted on and done. Laws can happen pretty fast. “Another alternative is to go to the Capitol (ASAP) and get an ALIS account (must be done in person). Access to an ALIS account will allow you to log support or opposition for a bill and the legislators voting on any bill can see how much citizen support or opposition is there. It is helpful. You can also watch the bill hearings from work or home on the video live feed and send comments via ALIS along with support or opposition.” -Staci

So that is what i am going to do. We can all keep a look out for the latest happenings by going to WWW.AZLEG.GOV look up on the little window on the upper left hand side of the sight and type in the bill HB2530 and it will take you too the bill information. Who sponsors, when it is scheduled, what committee it is in. Everything but who wrote it and what lobbyist group is pushing for it and why.
I have a feeling it will be over fast.


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Sky Kids

 

Sky's the limit!

Sky Kids. I’m excited to see what this is all about.  We signed up to participate. My husband who struggled through school with learning disabilities said that when he got to fly, and was able to look down on it all his problems seemed so small, he felt free, and peaceful in the clouds.  What a wonderful gift for kids who might never have the opportunity otherwise!


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NurtureMyHeart.com – Catherine Stafford – My Books

NurtureMyHeart.com – Catherine Stafford – My Books.Product Details

 

Catherine has created a lovely book that supports the Nurtured Heart Approach with Children with Autism.  I know that this approach has been  invaluable in shifting the challenges we have faced in our family with behavior, yelling, meltdowns and general nuttiness, and that’s just with my husband…lol.. you should see what it has done for our relationship with our son that has had difficulty regulating his emotions and intense. It is sometimes hard work, but worth all you put into it.