How things are going


I haven’t written in a while, but things are going well in our journey.  Nathan has made some progression in the last few months and there are other areas where he still hasn’t moved forward but he hasn’t gone backwards either.

His cognition seems to be getting better at understanding his academic teachings and he seems more aware of his surroundings than before.

With the summer months we are trying to enjoy being outside when it is not raining and he has discovered the seed spreader.  Now one of his favorite pastimes is to push it around the yard and stopping to investigate things he finds of interest.  He will put his hat in the area where the seeds go and pull it out when he gets to where he wants to investigate.  It is very cute! 🙂

Also, some days I think he knows more than he lets on.  He will listen to our conversations and then follow through on them.  For example: if we are practicing our music and we list a page number or song, he will turn to it without prompting!

A week ago our cat had come up to the door and I mentioned to my daughters that she looked like she needed some love.  My son walked out the door picked up the cat and brought her inside for us to pet….  🙂   A few days later he went out to the porch picked up the cat again and brought her inside and said “surprise”!!

An important lesson I am learning is that just because your child may not be academically where his/her peers are doesn’t mean they don’t pick up what you are teaching or training them. Their learning comes in different ways than we have been taught.  Just like normal functioning children may learn by textbooks while others learn from hands-on experiences a child with learning disabilities is the same way.

Enjoy the journey and rejoice in each lesson, whether it is big or small!

Missourians: Please call Senators today!!!


HB 557, a bill protecting the rights of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children, is still NOT on the calendar.  If it doesn’t get on today the calendar today then it is guaranteed to NOT become law this year, and we NEED this protection!

If you have called Senator Dempsey, thank you.  I am asking that you call again.  If you have not called him, NOW is your chance.

Senator Dempsey will not be in Jefferson City for the last two days of this legislative session, Thursday and Friday.  He is the one in charge of deciding what goes onto the Senate Calendar, so we must act right away!

Please make a brief and polite phone call to Senator Dempsey, the president pro tem, urging him to get this bill onto the senate calendarTODAY for a third read and a vote.  His office number is (573) 751-1141.  You don’t need to necessarily speak to the senator.  A message with his staff would be sufficient.

I would also encourage you to contact your own senator and encourage him to speak to Senator Dempsey about the importance of getting this bill on the calendar.  You can look up your senator here.

Here are some ideas of what you could say to Senator Dempsey and to your senator…

Families are counting on you to get HB 557 onto the Senate calendar!  Please place this bill on the Senate calendar so that there is an opportunity to protect parental rights in statute this session!

OR

Families are the backbone of the state of Missouri!  Please put HB 557 on the Senate calendar today to move the protection of parental rights forward.

Thank you,

Jill Johnson

Missouri Coordinator for ParentalRights.org