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Take a Stand Against Bullying

This morning, I watched a video on television of a young man in Erie being bullied. His “supposed” friends were shooting fireworks at him. I was appalled, as I hope everyone was who watched this video. The unfortunate reality is that … Continue reading

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Coffee Chat hosted by Erie Philharmonic’s Music Director, Daniel Meyer

I had the great opportunity to participate in a Coffee Chat with Daniel Meyer, Erie Philharmonic Music Director, Tom Brooks, Chorus Director, and Martha Summa-Chadwick, Music Therapist. I first met Martha five years ago when she was in Erie for … Continue reading

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Working Together: Artists Express Creativity

If two heads are better than one, think about the painting that four artists could create if they worked together. That is what four adults proved as they worked on “Pathfinders,” a collaborative painting that will be among the works … Continue reading

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ELBS Virtual Graduation Commencement Ceremony

Good afternoon moms and dads, grandparents, siblings, faculty, and graduates. Welcome to the 2020 Elizabeth Lee Black School, Barber National Institute virtual commencement ceremony. Many of our graduates began as preschool children, but they are leaving here today as adults. … Continue reading

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How do we talk to children about the news?

I have given much thought to how to talk to Ryan about the violence we are seeing on the streets of America. I am sure that every parent whether your child has a disability or not is mulling over the … Continue reading

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Going Digital: our first-ever Virtual Art Show

I remember when… It was January, 2006, and Mary Cuneo, Bridget Barber and I began talking about an art show. We have so many talented students and adults. How could we showcase their skills? That conversation became the impetus for … Continue reading

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Keeping a Gratitude Journal: An Update

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about how the practice of gratitude results in significantly higher levels of happiness and psychological wellbeing than those who do not practice. Consequentially, Ryan and I decided to start a gratitude journal. Throughout the … Continue reading

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Better Speech and Hearing Month, Guest Blog by the Speech Pathologists of BNI

Each May, we celebrate Better Speech and Hearing month to raise awareness about communication disorders and the speech-language pathologist’s role in providing treatment. This year’s celebration of Better Speech and Hearing month at the Elizabeth Lee Black School is unprecedented, … Continue reading

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Keeping a Gratitude Journal

There was a great article in the Wall Street Journal this week on “A Surprising Way to Stay Resilient!” The article discusses the many things we do to strengthen our immune system such as healthy diet and exercise.  Yet, it … Continue reading

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Article: For People With Autism, Lockdowns Shatter Routine, Heighten Anxiety

Last week, I wrote about Ryan’s concerns on the continuation of the “shelter in place” and how a firm date for it to end seems to be more a dream than a reality. I talked about his struggles and his … Continue reading

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