This year, I went solo. I met a 10-yr-old boy on the airplane. He was fabulous: very confident, obedient, well-mannered, and he spoke very well. I knew after meeting him that there would be many times over the weekend that I would wish I had Micah with me. The reality, however, is that I could not have taken Micah with me. He still has auditory defensiveness. A large room is overwhelming to him. And he still naps (thankfully!).
I really don't know where to start. My mind has functioned in FIFO (first in, first out) mode, so I'm still thinking primarily of what I heard on Sunday. So maybe if I put some bullet points here on the blog, I can come back to it with more detail by topic. Please comment and let me know which topics you'd really like to hear more about.
- An amazing young woman, who happens to be a sibling of a young man with Down syndrome, spoke about growing up in Holland. Fabulous! Her name is Jenni Newbury, co-founder of Camp PALS and employee of Special Olympics.
- Lots of great workshops:
- Inclusion in a private school (Nashville peeps, did you know about what is going on at FRA, of all places?) (I can't start on that right now or I'll be up all night)
- Gigi's Playhouse - We MUST get one (or multiple) going in the Twin Cities.
- Complex medical conditions affecting education
- Behavior and communication
- and others that I'm looking forward to listening to when I receive the CD of the conference
- Pre-conference session on developing a reading program
- Varying opinions of inclusion... "full inclusion" "mainstreaming" "pull-outs"... what does it all mean? and what's best for YOUR child?
FYI... next year's conference is in Washington, DC, from July 20-22. Hope to see you there!