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Articles in Exceptional Lives, School, Cristian Hardy, April Guides and Holidays

Different, Not Less: A Mother’s Advocacy for Her Son with Autism

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A diagnosis of autism can turn a family upside down, and that was the case for William Spiller IV when he was diagnosed at age two. Because he didn’t speak or respond, doctors first thought his hearing was the problem, but an auditory brainstem respo... Read full article

Building a Legacy of Love One Hug at a Time

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Avery Vasta is a preschooler at Central Primary in Gonzales. When she hears music, she has to stop and dance, and she’s free with hugs and kindness, making her a favorite at school and everywhere she goes. She loves Moana and Elena of Avalor. Avery, ... Read full article

Anything is Possible

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LDOE Expands At-Home Care and Learning for Families

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The Louisiana Department of Education has expanded its at-home care and learning supports for families who are home with young children as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.... Read full article

Cheers to the New Decade

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New Year’s has always been one of my favorite holidays. As a kid, Christmas is usually the king of all holidays, but as I grew up, I started to enjoy the celebratory aspect of New Year’s, especially New Year’s Eve itself, and now I enjoy being able t... Read full article



From Silence to Sound

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Jill Gill’s birth plan didn’t include weeks of bed rest or an induction at 37 weeks due to pre-eclampsia, but when her son Tucker was born last February, she was glad he came early. Her eight-pound, healthy baby boy, however, failed his newborn heari... Read full article

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Advocacy Leads to Unique Preschool Launch

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Katrina Rivers Labouliere doesn’t feel like her life is particularly exceptional despite her years of advocacy work with the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community. ... Read full article

A Little Ray of Sunshine

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Finding Purpose After Abuse

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Growing up in Arnaudville, Louisiana, Twahna P. Harris always knew who she was. “I was never one who cared what people thought of me because I had my own identity,” she says. “I knew what I wanted to be in life, and I was driven.”... Read full article

Learning About Early Education

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A parent of a precocious four-year-old inquired, “How do you know when your child is ready for kindergarten?” Marvin Jacobson, author of Educating the Total Child: Straight from My Heart: Six Decades of Inspiring Children, Parents and Teachers, respo... Read full article

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