A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Extra! Extra!


A few articles that have caught my eye this weekend...

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Too often parents are intimidated by the seemingly knowledgeable professionals in the schools and don't ask for more than is being offered. You can. You're entitled to do so. Your kid needs you to.


WATCH HOW YOU HOLD THAT CRAYON
Apparently, taking your kid to OT is all the rage in affluent neighborhoods. This is a real quote from this article: One father on the Upper East Side said anxiety about his son’s grip — his 3-year-old holds crayons in his fist — propelled him to seek therapy.

“The nursery admission people tell you they want your child to be ready to learn how to write,” said the father, who spoke anonymously so his son wouldn’t run afoul of nursery school administrators. “And I knew they would take one look at the way my son held a crayon and he’d be out of the running.”
Wait, so the kid could grip a crayon at 3? With all his fingers round the very thin crayon? In my house, that's pretty good muscle control :)  I think I need to add that this article was in the New York Times' Fashion & Style section! Well, I sure hope that the real OTs out there still find time in their trendy schedules to see the kids who really need it.


CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS INCREASING IN CHILDREN
More than a quarter of ALL U.S. children have a chronic health condition. WTF??

1 comment:

Heather said...

i want to react to that OT piece, but I don't even know how to....

i get a laugh out of parents who just *want* to find something wrong with their kids....wish a 3-year-old gripping a crayon with a fist appraoch was my biggest problem lol

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