Natural Classroom Concept Builders
We have fun! We believe individuals learn best through experience: the opportunity to see, taste, touch, hear, feel to try something new. We laugh!
We train people. We believe healthy relationships sustain us and we help professionals and families understand the needs of persons with hidden differences.
We teach skills. We think out of the box to break hard concepts and tasks into abilities by "Life Classrooms" in natural environments with supports braided into the community.
Here is what I have learned as a trail guide...(and a mom, friend and human being). Trail guiding begins from the moment the person you love enters your life. When you mark a trail you provide signs that say "this way or that way" and you have planned the outcomes of it. You provide the dignity of risk for safe opportunities of self-discovery to move from fear to peace!
May the voices of persons with hidden differences raise loudly as our teachers—together we have the ability to change this world - When I began this walk in 1997 - my first understanding and slogan was a "voice for the voiceless" I am proud to say - YOU the adults - the Life Experts living with FASD are gaining THAT voice! Thank you for being my teachers
Ann Kagarise FASD LIFE EXPERT I love the term cognitive translator! I find myself standing in a room and not understanding pretty much anything. I rely on cognitive interpretors. And thank you and to everyone who provides safe opportunities for self-discovery to move from fear to peace! What a great way to say that! That i think would be a gift because not very many people can do that!! I look to those who can do that and I have to do that for some where I work. So, I have had to have people do that for me and have also been able to pay it forward and help others feel ease in fear. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to do that for someone who is genuinely afraid. And Wow!!! Thank you for changing speed. Soooo many people do not do that and leave many in the dust completely and utterly confused!! With no sense that they even did it!! Thanks to all who can be a voice for the voiceless and have helped us get to a point where we can find a voice whether it be in writing or behind a camera or in other creative measures! I love love love this!! Thanks again!
James Gideon FASD LIFE EXPERT I really really love what is written here Jodee, you have demonstrated genuine care, understanding, humbleness, kindness and the ability to attempt to walk in our moccasins and continue to learn about the FASD Culture. Thank you, you are a true Mother in the FASD CULTURE, this is my opinion, again THANK YOU.
We discover dreams, personal strengths and value the whole person. We use these strengths to face the challenges of our differences.
We discover ways to use our strengths in many situations. We search out resources and technology to in 'able.
We share in learning. Together we build ideas to navigate skill building. We listen to try new things.
We try. We do over. We discover joy in doing. We practice. We try again.
We share with others and to become change agents.
We ARE the change agent.