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Nov 20 2014
Miss Shirley's Alphabet Soup
Nov 13 2014
By Nicole Black

An Open Letter To All Special Education Professionals,

As a parent of a child with special needs, I need to start off this letter by saying: I could not do this without you. Can I also say that after my family and my closest friends and my child’s crew of doctors, you are my saving grace? I owe you a world of gratitude and a lifetime of thank you’s. You have the most important job ever. You are educating my child. Helping my child. And not just any child…my special needs child.

Oct 8 2014
Uncle Mo's Gratitude Stew
Sep 18 2014
Confessions of “Just” an Auntie
By Nicole Black

Note:  This is my sister’s story to tell. She is “just” the Auntie, but she didn’t want to write it all down.
Luckily enough, she just so happens to be related to a writer. But these are her thoughts, her experiences and her words.

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Sep 10 2014
By Bill Apablasa

It doesn’t matter who you are or what your story is, we could all use a little more empathy in our lives—both in the giving and in the receiving, or to paraphrase Paul McCartney, “the empathy you take is equal to the empathy you make.”

Like most good things in life, you can’t have something unless you give it away. Empathy is no different.

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Sep 3 2014
Aunt Jamie's Stress-Free Morning
Aug 19 2014
Take Care of You or You Won’t Be Able to Take Care of Others
By Nicole Black

I can’t lie. I used to be a classroom teacher and I completely, 100% burned myself out. I seriously broke down in a staff meeting and was hysterically having a tantrum over new English Language Learner paperwork. I lost it. And now as a parent of three kids under 7, I want to have tantrums nearly every day.

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Aug 13 2014
By Nicole Black

Summer is coming to a close and even though the gorgeous weather might disagree, the big box stores have announced its end with aisles of back to school supplies and Halloween décor. You may not be ready to turn in the pools and the vacations for reading, writing and arithmetic, but ready or not, another school year is upon us. And we’re here to help. 

Here are 5 surefire ways to get your kids ready for back to school. 

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Jul 15 2014
By Bill Apablasa

If you’re part of the special education community, you probably cringe at the word perfection, almost as much as the word normal. That’s because they’re ill-defined, insensitive and arbitrary benchmarks on how to measure performance and achievement.

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Jul 14 2014

Welcome to the Wise Owl Blog, a place for all of us to share inspiration, hope, and practical advice on how to help children with special needs. It’s our aim to become another flicker of light in a collective fire that burns solely to help our children become all they were meant to become.

In other words, we’re on a mission. A shared mission. Yours. Mine. All of ours.

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