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Thank you for your kind words, but it never seemed like work.


Thank you, Roseheather, for your comments. I (and I'm sure I could say "We") so appreciate all your work and dedication in helping so many students!


I had to get back up, not getting to sleep, and discovered this. I had missed it when you first posted it. Great story of Adams. I had students with a number of disabilities in my classes, several with autism, and one with Asperger's. Mine was a regular classroom, (high school) but many special needs students were placed in my classes. With inclusion, the regular teachers also have to find ways to meet the educational needs of the special needs students. I can attest to the fact that the assistants help stidents as much as the teachers. They are a vital component for those with special needs, but with fewer resources in the schools many assistants were let go at the high school level.


Thank you, Katzmum. I'll bet the assistants in many cases help the children as much as the teachers! I'm so glad you are interested in the book! I'm still reading it -- only about half-way through, but I'm loving it. :) It's inspiring me to consider how I might be able to help.


Thank you plg for inspiring me, Im going to read the Richard Louv book to give me more inspiration for my work environment.By the way, Im not a teacher,just a teaching assistant and always looking for ideas!!


Thank you, Oddio. If you figure out how to get the word out, let us know! I do believe there are some working on it though. In the book it says that the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin "offers one of the premier graduate programs in environmental education." (If I ever go back to school, I know where to go now.)


Let's see... how can we get this whole page published and delivered to all parents and school faculty??

The comments-- for me, especially Pdev's and Yellowgal's and Punkinhaid's-- and of course your explanation from the Richard Louv book carry a message that can be literally life saving for many of our kids today. Thanks, Patti.


Thank you Suzy and Yellowgal for your wonderful comments. The book was recommended to me by a 5th grade teacher, an acquaintance, who lives up in the Keweenaw Peninsula in Upper Michigan. She has been trying to incorporate what she learned from the book into her classoom. Shouldn't be too difficult up there in the boonies! Suzy, thank you for all your work with these children!

Thank you, Patti for this illustration of a special child reacting to the wonders of a beach. I plan to order the book later this morning.
Thanks to Suzy & katzmum10 for their devotion to these children, Suzy I had no idea of your experience with them. My son (who is now 40 yrs and doing very well ) was a special needs child from age 8 yrs on, we were extremely blessed to have the public school system refer him to another school exclusively for his problems. His success is largely because of folk's like you! We also have a daughter-in-law who has taught special needs for years, she has gone on to get her master's degree in such, so that now she is mentoring the teachers who deal with this everyday.
Thanks again, Patti for bringing light to an often misunderstood subject :)))


The book is a must read for everyone. I read it years ago, and have recommended it to many teachers as well as parents . It is a life changing book, even if you do not have children with ADHD I taught special needs students for 33 years and still enjoy working with the students as a substitute.
Thanks for the great puzzle, Patti and for the comment about the book. If your post gets someone to read the book and opens a new world or gives hope to at least one person, it is the best puzzle ever!!!


Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that. Well, then everything you do will make a positive difference for the children.


Sadly the parents we deal with are just not receptive to anything!


Thank you, Ank & Robbie. Yes, -- one with nature!

Katzmum -- thank you. And thank you for working with those children. maybe some of the parents would be receptive to reading the Richard Louv book. (???)


This is wonderful, I work with children with special needs and just wish some of their parents would take heed of this. Thank you for this posting!


I agree with Ank, thanks PLG.


A lovely picture. And thanks for telling this story. Now we know why he could make this great photos, he was one with nature. Thanks Patti


TS-- That's how I reacted when I read who it was, too!
Tweegan2-- thanks. We all need it, don't we?
Shirley-- thanks. Glad you liked the story too.
Pat (pkin)-- thanks!!!
Pat (pdrev)-- That's just how I felt about it. So glad you liked this too.


Ah, another "throw-away" child, unable to function in the "real" world of buildings and schedules and lessons and asphalt pavement, destined to be left out of the success stories of this world..... HA! Ansel Adams?! How wonderful that his parents were able to really see him as he really was, and help him realize his potential! Wonderful story and puzzle, Patti! Thanks so much!


Cute thanks !!!


Wonderful story, Best medicine out, Thank you Patti.


Outdoor activity - good for soul, body, mind - thanks PLG1958


My mouth hit the ground when you said who it is! I have always loved his work, and never knew this. Amazing story, thanks for sharing it.


Thanks, Foxy. :)


Nevertheless it's a graphic way to illustrate the story. A good story it is too! Thanks, Patti.


Thanks, Mariolyn. Interesting thought.


This is a quote from LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS: SAVING OUR CHILDREN FROM NATURE-DEFICIT DISORDER by Richard Louv. This book shows the importance that children have real nature experiences in their lives. It gives examples of how students with ADHD benefit greatly from having regular experiences with nature. Here is the quote:
"an October issue of SAN FRANCISCO magazine displays a vivid photograph of a small boy, eyes wide with excitement and joy, leaping and running on a great expanse of California beach, storm clouds and towering waves behind him. A short article explains that the boy was hyperactive, he had been kicked out of his school, and his parents had not known what to do with him -- but they had observed how nature engaged and soothed him. So for years they took their son to beaches, forests, dunes, and rivers to let nature do its work. ... The photograph was taken in 1907. The boy was Ansel Adams."


It almost looks like a painting, PLG.