I can't believe it has been a year. A year since this Collaborative was birthed. A year since I took a leap of faith. And I'd love to have a rosy story about how amazing this year has been, but let me tell you some facts.
I cried the day of launch. I put my heart and soul into creating a resource that I had so desperately needed and it launched to crickets. Not only did we accidentally launch the week of the US Presidential Elections, but also I had in my head that people were chomping at the bit for this resource. That just wasn't the case. But why?
Why did we sell nothing for the first 60 days?
Why? Because I was imagining filling a need my audience didn't ask for. My audience asked for FASD courses and I gave them.....a course on escalations? What!? No! That's not what they wanted!
But I had a vision.
My vision was launching a Collaborative NOT focused solely on FASD. Where we bring...
I have googled for a long time, but correct me if I just am a terrible google-r.
I cannot find discussion around the school CAUSING trauma. When you look up school and trauma you get articles about how to provide trauma-informed care in an education setting. How to support the kids who aren't eating at home and the kids who have to sleep with one eye open.
Let's talk about the kids who have to go to school with one eye open. The kids for whom school is the most dangerous place. Why would school be like that? What would cause that?
Children who should be eligible for special education services can be traumatized by school in the following ways:
- Not being identified and therefore being treated like a child who doesn't need support. Consistently failing at assignments and/or getting in trouble leading to a heightened vigilance or avoidance of assignments altogether.
- Being identified as a "behavior only" child when really the behavior...
We just recently launched and are excited about what is to come. We are a collaborative of advocates and educators for neurodiversity. We want to see systemic and legislative change as a part of our work to support families. We see value in neurodiverse individuals and want to see their voices lifted and valued in the discussion. We want to link arms with fellow advocates and fight to improve the quality of life of families while maintaining stability for their children.
So, who is this for?
This is for families of kids with brain-based disabilities. That includes diagnoses like ADHD, Autism, FASD, ODD, OCD, PANS/PANDAS, learning disabilities, and so much more. It also includes kids who don't necessarily have a diagnosis, but have learning or social differences.
This is for families of kids who have trauma. We will always be committed to trauma-informed practices.
This is for families of kids who have mental health challenges. This includes, things like bipolar,...