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Mary Ellen Wessels
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Attended Eastern Michigan University, Oakland University, St. Michael's College
Lives in Nashua, NH
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Seriously you should have buttons / stickers made with the best of the lines.  I know I want one that says "I do not think clams stop rusting." on it!!   http://www.nancybuttons.com/   or http://www.offworlddesigns.com/services/  :-)
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Good basic tips on anxiety / worry. Mostly reminders. 
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This made me think of +Miriam Rozian
It's funny... but also has some good advice. What kind of sh*t sandwich do I like? Hmmm

Thanks to +Don Neill
No clue what you want to do with your life? Here are some crazy and thought-provoking questions to help you out.
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Thanks +Miriam Rozian for alerting me to this article.  It's me!  Although I can't hang from a rope as well as the monkey but... no monkeys were harmed in the writing of the article.
Are you smart and passionate and have lots of cool things you’d like to get done, but somehow when it comes to doing them, you just . . . don’t?
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Delightful! Fun, inspiring, joyous and pretty darned good singing too!!
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France, Isn't this kind of cool!?
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One Los Angeles school is working technology into the learning process while avoiding traditional screen-time pitfalls.
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"Attention Disorder Spectrum? Plus OCD, Exercise, and 2e Resources" http://feedly.com/e/fnb0iNRH

I have read similar studies although the link with executive function skills is New.

But.... how? If schools won't include more movement, and a lot of us parents are struggling to move more ourselves, what are the most effective ways to bring about a change; both in our families and culturally?

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The idea of treating such conditions as a spectrum rather than a "disease" makes a lot of sense to me. People are better or worse at things; it's generally not an on-off switch. But you get money for being "diagnosed" with a condition, so there's a big incentive for the disease model.
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I think everyone should vote for this!! Because... Lego, Baba Yaga!!! (The hut is cool but it pulled this pic)
In Russian folklore there are many stories of Baba Yaga, the fearsome witch with iron teeth.She travels perched in a large mortar with her knees almost touching her chin, and ...
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I like it Mary Ellen.  I'll forward it to a friend who is a lego nut.
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Yes yes yes!!!!

"...if teaching is to be a profession of the mind (as well as of the heart) that retains top talent and delivers results on the same level that other countries boast, the people who spend hours with our children in the classroom also need what they currently don’t get: the hours with peers and mentors that are essential to improving their craft."

Looks like the book may be worth a read, but the article is definitely spot on!!!
Mastering the craft demands time to collaborate—just what American schools don't provide.
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Very interesting article which had me starting to feel righteous indignation in the middle of a paragraph and then guffawing when I finished the paragraph:

 "Speech and social impairment in some autistic toddlers may not be the result of a primary brain dysfunction of the mechanisms related to these abilities, but the result of their early neglect," Mottron said. "Our model suggests that the autistic superior perceptual processing compete with speech learning because neural resources are oriented towards the perceptual dimensions of language, neglecting its linguistic dimensions. ..."  <Ha!  We certainly didn't neglect our children linguistically , that's for sure!>

"Alternatively, for other subgroups of autistic people, known as Asperger, it's speech that's overdeveloped. In both cases, the overdeveloped function outcompetes social cognition for brain resources, resulting in a late development of social skills."
<Oh.  That's different.  Nevermind."  <guffaw>

It goes on to say:

"Most early intervention programs adopt a restorative approach by working on aspects like social interest. However this focus may monopolize resources in favor of material that the child process with more difficulties, Mottron said. "We believe that early intervention for autistic children should take inspiration from the experience of congenitally deaf children, whose early exposure to sign language has a hugely positive effect on their language abilities. Interventions should therefore focus on identifying and harnessing the autistic child's strengths, like written language." 

Definitely work a read anyway.
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Nice to know I was doing the currently-deemed-right thing by buying (at the time) ALL the Signing Time DVDs.
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Magic to do (of the ones you mentioned)  "Corner of the Sky" and "Extraordinary" would be on my list too.
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Special Education Advocate / Curriculum Consultant
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  • Mary Ellen Wessels, M.Ed.
    Special Education Advocate, present
    Educational Advocate/Consultant: Helping parents & teachers work together to support 2e & special-ed kids.
  • Scenario Learning
    Editor, 2011 - 2012
  • Nashua School District
    1:1 paraprofessional, teacher, writer..., 2009 - 2011
  • Rivier College E.C.C.
    Lead Teacher, 2007 - 2009
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Nashua, NH
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Plymouth, Michigan - Shelburne, VT - El Cerrito, CA - Fitchburg, MA - South Redford, MI - Ann Arbor, MI
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Special Education Advocate, Singer, Writer, Learner, Creativity Junkie...Mom
Introduction
Someday soon I'll put some brilliant, witty, succinct synthesis of my experience and passions but for now: I'm interested in education (especially arts integration, gifted education, special education and transformative education) and I have a lot of other interests (too many!) including music (singer, musician - folk, jazz, rock, early music, filk....), books (kidlit/YA, poetry, almost anything good), learning to be healthier... 
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3 stepkids, 2 kids, 2 M.Ed.s, FHoF, Interfilk Emeritus, 1 solo CD (lots of backup work)...
Education
  • Eastern Michigan University, Oakland University, St. Michael's College
    Children's Lit & Theater
  • St. Michael's College
    Curriculum, Arts in Education M.Ed., 2007
  • Oakland University
    Literature, Early Music
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This place is amazing. One of those places that doesn't need to advertise because the word of mouth business just keeps coming. (a co-worker told me about them). Very honest. They tell it like it is, they use recycled parts (if you want them to) and they don't try to get you to do anything you don't need to. Really good with prices too! Busy but I've always been able to get my car in when I need it. Great place.
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The only reason I'm not glad this store moved so close to us is that now we spend too much money there! :-D It's a nice store. The guys are helpful and very patient with my two boys (9 & 11). They have a large selection of comics and a really large selection of fun toys, cards, gaming paraphernalia... everything your budding geek could want! :-D
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Yep, agree with other reviewers. The people working know their stuff and they are really nice. Even gave us a tour of the basement so we could see the rows and rows of mufflers!! Cool!!
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