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By Judy Blake on 4/26/2012 7:06 PM
Usually, I can figure out the hidden meaning or concern that Ryan has when he dwells on something.  He can't quite express it - even though he knows what is bothering him.  I'm not sure if he thinks I'll just eventually understand and put two and two together or thinks that I just always understand what he is thinking and why.  It can be so frustrating because he thinks he is making sense when he really isn't.
By Judy Blake on 4/9/2012 7:32 PM
One of Ryan's electives is guitar.  It's not as though he has ever played before but when it came to choosing electives, he decided to take it.  The teacher is wonderful with him and he seems to be enjoying the class.  For Ryan, that is.  I never quite know because he doesn't show a lot of enthusiasm for classes.  He knows he is supposed to go and that's what he does.
By Judy Blake on 4/7/2012 7:39 AM
We went out for Chinese food and since Ryan doesn't like that, I brought him a sandwich from Subway.  Lucky for me the restaurants are next door to each other and the manager has no problem with us bringing in food from an outside restaurant.
By Judy Blake on 4/2/2012 9:48 AM
The power of advertising!  Ryan is fascinated by this commercial and every time he sees it, he reminds me how wonderful the pan is.  The commercial tells you it's easier to clean and doesn't leave a mess!  What could be better?
By Judy Blake on 3/26/2012 7:33 AM
Ryan turns 17 years old today!  I am so proud of him!  He is so sweet, funny and soooooo Ryan!  He is finishing up his sophomore year in high school.  I remember when I went to visit the school when he was in 8th grade.  I cried because the school was so big and I was afraid he wouldn't make it.  We've had our problems but they have been worked out.  There are 3400+ students at the school and I was very scared he would get lost.  But with lots of practice, he finds his way around.
By Judy Blake on 3/24/2012 9:23 AM
A huge tradition in Houston is the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  It is an amazing event that raises money for college scholarships.  Rides, vendors, steer auctions, petting zoos - the rodeo does so much for so many kids.
By Judy Blake on 3/21/2012 10:18 AM
I was crushed to hear of this story about a teenage girl in Ohio who has special needs.  She was bullied at school but NOT by her peers.  She was bullied by her teachers.  Please watch this story - http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45302947/ns/today-parenting_and_family/t/teachers-caught-tape-bullying-special-needs-girl/
By Judy Blake on 3/15/2012 1:17 PM
One of the local Temples in our area had an all inclusive Friday night service.  While everyone is welcome to all services, the Temple wanted to make an extra special effort and it was wonderful that they did.  They had light appetizers before the service and had a couple of special needs adults assist with the service. 
By Judy Blake on 3/10/2012 10:40 AM
I am so happy for the youth groups that Ryan can be a part of.  He is involved in three of them and they are all wonderful in their own way.  The first is called The Friendship Circle.  They have monthly activities and Ryan is paired with a typically developing teenager.  The second is called Best Buddies and it's at his high school.  Again, he is paired up with another teenager who is a friend to him.  The third youth group is called Yachad.  It is an all inclusive youth group.  Another great group of kids but this time, he is not paired up with anyone specifically.  All kids are included and their motto is "because everyone belongs".
By Judy Blake on 3/6/2012 2:35 PM
It's that time of year to confirm the class schedule for next year.  Since Ryan is currently in co-teach classes (he has two teachers in the class) - this will no longer be an option for 11th grade.  His classes could be a larger class size and only have one teacher.  The work is definitely getting harder for him and his anxiety is increased because of it.  So what do to about next year?
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