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  1. Rosemarie
    October 17, 2017 @ 7:49 am

    I hate the look people give you when you mention a life skills class. That look of oh, it’s worse than she lets on. My kids are 25 and 29 now. Living independently, with support. The other day my daughter left something in the house. I told her I found it on the ottoman in the den. She said “oh, on the stairs. My kids could use a life skills class for the rest of their lives!

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  2. GP
    October 17, 2017 @ 2:23 pm

    I am perfectly fine with life skills classes. What is frustrating is that so many people seem to look down upon individuals with learning disabilities or cognitive disabilities or those who do not achhieve well academically for other reasons. These disabilities are nothing to be ashamed of and having an average or high IQ should not be the gold standard. I don’t like it when folks use low IQ or low academic achievement as an insult or when a higher IQ is being used to make someone seem more valuable as a human being than someone with a lower IQ. This problem is deeply engrained in our society. Our society can be a very abelist society.

    The Good Doctor unfortunately feeds into this idea that as long as one is intelligent and productive, they are valued by society. In my opinion that is not ok. In fact, I think it is harmful to those who are not able to function at that level. Lately, I have been reading a lot about disability history, and it has been an eye opener. I will no longer use words such as stupid, dumb, idiot, moron, etc. I never said these words to a disabled person, but to be honest would blurt out some of these words when driving and someone cut me off or when frustrated with a situation.

    I guess what I am saying is that perhaps the frustration lies not with the actual life skills classes term, but rather with the value judgments that some folks attach to it.

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  3. mindy stoddart
    October 19, 2017 @ 5:57 pm

    Yes! I just had to comment. Started following your blog fairly recently and our kiddos seem fairly similar. Like many moms, your words seem to perfectly echo many of my own thoughts and feelings. Thanks for getting them out there so eloquently! I’m currently weighing whether my 7 yo should stay in the combination of “life skills” and inclusion in public school or go out there on a limb and do some kind of ABA/homeschool/private hybrid. The constant analysis and second-guessing gets old.

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