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Special Education is a combination of specialized instruction and specific interventions provided to students with diagnosed disabilities who have demonstrated the need for those services in order to access learning.  A team, which includes the parents, meets and develops an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) to determine what services are indicated. 

Our philosophy at Brooklin School is one of inclusivity. This means that students with disabilities are in the regular classrooms as much as possible given their individual needs. We do everything in our power to have all students involved in art, music, physical education, and foreign language, as well as in the regular classroom instruction.  

A Great Article About Sleep

posted Jun 19, 2017, 9:55 AM by Sharon Thoner   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 9:56 AM ]

Please cut and paste this site into your browser.  It will take you to the Dana Foundation. "The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications, and educational programs.

Since its founding in 1950, the Dana Foundation has appropriated in excess of $455 million for philanthropic purposes. "

Early signs of a learning disability (dyslexia, dysgraphia, memory, fluency, etc.)

posted May 18, 2017, 5:22 AM by Sharon Thoner

Check out this article from ATTitude magazine! While you are at it, check out their website and their twitter feed.  You will need to cut and paste the URL into your browser.

Check out this article about executive functioning from!!!

posted Apr 25, 2017, 10:47 AM by Sharon Thoner

Just copy and paste the site address into your browser.  

Teaching Self-Regulation (or self discipline)

posted Apr 25, 2017, 5:21 AM by Sharon Thoner

The following article was written for teachers, but is useful for parents as well.  As you read it, think about how it might apply to chores or projects you would like your child to do at home.

Are Pesticides Linked to Behavior Problems?

posted Mar 9, 2017, 4:47 AM by Sharon Thoner

The following article explores the POSSIBLE link between pesticides and behavioral issues in children.  Please note, the article itself admits that their evidence does NOT prove cause, only co-occurence. Cut and paste the following url into your browser.

Thinking About Thinking

posted Mar 8, 2017, 9:30 AM by Sharon Thoner

Do you ever think about how you think?  Here is some information about just that which includes how to teach children to think about how they think:

Let me know what you think about this article.  Was it helpful? Would you like more like it?

Feedback Please!!!

posted Jan 25, 2017, 11:43 AM by Sharon Thoner   [ updated Feb 16, 2017, 7:31 AM ]

Please email me at if you read this post.  I am trying to assess whether anyone is out there reading my portion of this website.  Thank you!!

What is in a label?

posted Jan 9, 2017, 6:31 AM by Sharon Thoner

         Once upon a time, there was a woman named Matilda.  Her husband, Harold, had given her two exotic plants for their anniversary.  One plant was labeled and had the appropriate instructions for care; the other, equally exotic and beautiful, had no name nor instructions.
          Matilda took care of the plants to the best of her ability, for they represented the deep love she and her husband shared.  Day after day, she nurtured them.  She closely followed the instructions enclosed with the one plant; and, since she was uncertain how to care for the other, she followed the same instructions for it.
           The plant that had been labeled thrived and grew increasingly lush as each day passed; but, the plant that remained without a name became more and  more sparse and pale with each passing day.
            Matilda called the local extension office and found they could indeed help her if she knew what type of plant it was.  The lady on the other end of the phone explained that some plants need lots of water, while others need little; some need sun, and others wilt if placed in the least bit of sun; some love acidic soil, while others thrive in alkaline soil.
            Matilda was distraught.  She didn't know what kind of plant she had, and feared that it would be lost before she could find out.  She tried and tried to find out what the plant was, but failed at every step.
            One day, a botanist happened to come to town.  Matilda wass delighted to finally find someone that could identify her plant.  In fact, the botanist could not only tell her what kind of plant she had, but how to revive it to its normal state.
            Matilda followed the directions the botanist provided and the plant not only survived, but it grew lusher and greener than any other plant she had. 
                      Our children are very much like these plants:  Some need lots of nurturing, some need lots of space, some need special handling, each learns at his own pace.      Sharon Thoner

An article that was featured in the Learning Disabilities Association online newsletter.

posted Nov 3, 2016, 4:47 AM by Sharon Thoner   [ updated Nov 16, 2016, 4:26 AM by Benjamin Moss ]

Great resource for parents who have children struggling with homework and time management:

On the Cutting Edge

posted Nov 2, 2016, 11:25 AM by Sharon Thoner

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