The Dragonfly Forest

They have been given names such as devil’s darning needle, ear sewer, horse stinger, skeeter hawk, and the snake’s servant. Actually, Dragonflies are beneficial, peaceful, and stunning. You are a Dragonfly if you are: ADD/ADHD, dyslexic, dysgraphic, Asperger’s, NLVD, autistic…

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A special message to you!

Thanks for taking the time to read the long post yesterday for today I'll make it short!

You are treasured!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Judging Miley Cyrus

Well, the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) was a few days ago and people cannot stop talking about Miley Cyrus, how she looked, how she danced (twerked), how she acted... the list goes on and on and on.

I was watching the VAM's and was not pleased by Miley's performance but I don't hold her fully accountable.  There are many people that had power and control to make sure this kind of display did not occur on a television show that younger children may be watching.  Some of these people actually have their frontal lobes more developed so they should have known better but that's just it... they did know better.  The media, MTV staff, Miley's "people", the record producers... (again the list can go on and on) knew that there would be backlash they knew the "We Can't Stop" video is sexual.  They knew that Miley is working hard to sell herself as a sexual being and NOT Hannah Montana.  They should have known that Miley's frontal lobes are not currently developed so the CEO of her brain thinks what she is doing is just fine - typical of a teenage brain (by the way the frontal lobes don't fully develop until a person is in their mid to late 20's and later if impaired by drugs and alcohol).

So, if you have made judgement against Miley then you need if those judgement are based on facts or just your own perceptions of the world.  Most of the time we make judgments based on our own frames of references and then use confirmation bias to back these up.

I purpose that you gain facts before judging people.  You don't want people to judge you based on some of your actions do you?  I certainly do not want people to base their entire judgement of me based on something I did when I was a teenager!  Give her a chance to grow up and mature.  If you want to vent your frustrations then do so at the MTV people for condoning these types of videos or the people who are earning millions off of these types of videos.  The fault is with the media really!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Cognitive Overload in brain of students

I made this picture for my Facebook page, Decoding Dyslexia Ohio.  I think this one works well for the start of the school year and applies for any student.  

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Words from Parents and Dragonflies Wednesday

"I can do everything you can do I just do it in a different way.  Different isn't bad, just different."

This quote is from a 10 year old and I think it says it all today!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Words from Parents and Dragonflies Wednesday

*With school starting in a few weeks for most school districts a parent emailed me this quote to add today.  This is what the parent would like the school to understand:

"Teacher: You may have gone to college and earned your degrees in education but I earned my knowledge from personal experience and a lot of research.  Please do not act superior when I share my knowledge of my child's disability with you.  Do not assume that because you have a college degree that you are smarter or know more than I know, especially about my child's disability.  I can assure you that I know more.  Unless you have a child exactly like mine, you do not fully understand my experience.  Finally, don't take offense when I share with you information about my child's disability I am doing this so we can work together as a team (since I am a team member regarding my child's education)."