I was dozing in bed last night, continuing to recover from the vile disease, when I thought Jenny the Wonder Dog was engaging in an orgy of scratching. Nope. When I sat up, I realized it was a rock'n'roller earthquake. It seemed to go on for quite a while. By the time I got up and stuffed my feet in some shoes to head for the out-of-doors, it was over.
I'm at the annual meeting of the Association of Educational Therapists. I thought I was going to be liveblogging some of the conference elements, but the hotel staff maintain I cannot have internet access. Sheesh.
His mother assigned custody to a relative, Belinda Arnett. I was shocked to read that at some point between 2002 and 2005, Arnett sent Jones to the Academy at Ivy Ridge (AIR), a notorious behavior-modification treatment facility masquerading as a school.
In my opinion, no part of the AIR program is reputable, and might be particularly ill-suited for a child that had been traumatized by a dog attack, subsequent lengthy hospitalization, and who had significant physical disfigurement.
Fortunately, Jones' incarceration at AIR prompted his mother to regain custody.
Jones returned to California in 2005, and now is playing football for Mount Diablo High School.
I wish him the very best.
Parents, if you are considering a residential treatment program for your child, please download and read this factsheet from Alliance for the Safe, Therapeutic and Appropriate Use of Residential Treatment (A START).Download ASTART_program_questions.pdf
Update April 2010Homeopathy a systematic review finds no evidence that homeopathy has effects beyond placebo. Dr. Steven Barnett's article, Homeopathy: The Ultimate Fake reviews the status of homeopathy in the United States. Homeopathy lists the critiques published of homeopathy in April, 2010. homeopathyThere's Nothing In It, the 10:23 campaign.
p>Once upon a time, October 11 2007, a blogger named Andy Lewis (who keeps the Quackometer, and writes as Le Canard Noir) wrote a post criticizing UK homeopaths and their parent body, The Society of Homeopaths (SoH) The response? SoH threatened the Quackometer's hosting company, Netcetera, and the post was taken down. Silly SoH--the "offending" post was rapidly propagated throughout the web.
4. Basic skills are not basic. They are fundamental, foundational, and critical. In their absence, almost all other leanings are undervalued and under-realized. 5. Instruction in basic skills is not necessarily mind-numbing and awful. This manner of instruction, in these settings, undoubtedly exists, and it is the reason so many fail so mightily to acquire these skills.
(emphasis added): it's incumbent on us to fix problems of survival -- and yo, it's diplomas or jail in our cities -- before problems of enrichment.
Hope for me doesn’t start because some other person has told us “do this and he will stop flapping his arms and will make eye contact.” Hope for me starts with Charlie, my son who has autism; a great kid, a patient and sensitive kid, who has taught me to listen to things I didn’t know were being said to me, to see that I can be most wrong when I think I am most right, who tries the hardest of all to do what is asked of him.
There IS no comparison. Yes, the fires are terrible and my heart goes out to every person who has lost their property or worse yet, their life as a consequence. But you simply cannot continue this absurd comparison to Hurricane Katrina, nor should you allow the politicians to use this disaster as evidence that they’ve learned their lessons. Here’s why: go read the post.
Update #3 Grace Davis has a pointer to her BlogHer post, which in she links to people liveblogging and photographing the fires.
"They didn't evacuate at all, or delayed until it was too late," said Bill Metcalf, chief of the North County Fire Protection District. "And those folks who are making those decisions are actually stripping fire resources."