Monthly Archives

January 2011


College Programs in the Neighborhood (Mostly)

Here’s just a sampling of what area colleges have to offer when it comes to your child with special needs: UMKC – Institute for Human Development, UCEDD Adult Continuing Education for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (ACED) offers adults the opportunity to attend non-credit classes in an educational and social environment. The ACED program is designed to teach independent living skills and provide life-enhancing experiences.ihd.umkc.edu/aced/

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Preparing Your Child for College

By Karen Rossetti, MSED Ask most college admissions counselors and staff, and they will tell you that many, if not most, kids are not well-prepared for college. They haven’t received the academic training that requires they learn how to think with greater insight and rigor. Frequently, they also haven’t learned how to prioritize and how to organize themselves for academic success. All kids should

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Overcoming Traumatic Brain Injury to Making the Dean’s List

By Kara Cole Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007. It’s 9:05 p.m., five minutes past our 16-year-old daughter Karlee’s curfew. She’s never late. Karlee is a responsible girl who plays sports and makes A’s. My husband Chuck immediately starts calling her phone, her work, her boyfriend’s house. Finally, he says, “I am going to look for her.” Five minutes later, he calls, his voice shrill and

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Parkville Senior Aims for the Top

You might say Danielle Coulter is a typical high school senior. She’s on Facebook. Constantly. She has good grades – an impressive 3.7 GPA – and looks forward to college. Danielle has her eye on a school in Colorado, while her mom hopes she’ll stay close to home. Danielle, a senior at Park Hill South High School, built her own website, performed in her

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An Eagle at Heart

By Daisy Wakefield Kyle Whitworth of Blue Springs knows bikes – 51 of them, to be exact. This soon-to-be Eagle Scout spent a full year organizing the repair of donated bikes as his required service project to attain Eagle rank. From the writing of the service plan to the presentation of the restored bikes to the Sisters of Saint Francis, Independence – Kyle oversaw

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Ask the Experts – January/February 2011

You asked. We answered – or at least we found an expert who could! Here, Rochelle Harris, PhD, ABPP, a psychologist at Children’s Mercy Hospitals, responds to a parent’s pressing concerns. Q. How do you deal with relatives and close friends who deny that your child has special needs? The lack of support is very hurtful and frustrating. Our 3-year-old has an unknown genetic

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