This is a presentation that was given to a graduate course on special education at the University of St. Thomas on 12/1/11. I am posting it here for the sake of posterity.
My name is Catherine and I was asked to talk about my son, focusing on our journey through diagnosis
and experiences with special education. Not specifically noted here but
not at all insignificant is the support we received from Early
Childhood Family Education (ECFE) throughout Jackson's early years (and
continuing today). When things got extremely rough and we were pulling
out of other programs right and left, we continued with ECFE both for
continuity for Jackson and for sanity for me. The unconditional support
we received from ECFE served as a pillar of strength for our family when
we didn't have very much strength of our own to draw upon.
Jackson is a person of extremes, which will all start to make sense in a
few minutes, but it did not make sense to us at all when he was first
born. We didn't even realize the extremes until they had long since
(Click here to read the rest of this story. It was originally posted on my Aspie blog.)