Solutions for Smart but Struggling Students

Session 4: Working with Your Child's School to Find Points of Flexibility

Jacqui Byrne
Running time: 12:41

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  1. Andre and Willa on September 20, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Great to know there is another school that gets our kids … it is sad that there is not more around, but this is HOPE for tomorrows!

  2. Janet on September 19, 2019 at 6:14 am

    I’m starting to wonder how people can afford to have a 2E child. I was super excited to learn more about Flex school, so I poked around and was all set to send in an official inquiry about the Cloud Classroom option. Unlike many schools, they are kind enough to put their tuition online. Well, maybe some day our public school system will catch up and realize each district needs a school where 2E kids can flourish. Sadly, when you’ve got neuropsych exams in the hundreds to thousand dollar range, and you add in things like OT, PT, maybe Speech therapy, + “regular” therapy/counseling for the family . . .I guess that’s why homeschooling became a very unexpected educational option for us. I do realize accommodating these special needs and getting specialized trained faculty is costly. So I understand why the costs are so high, it’s just heartbreaking that it becomes a small slice of the community that can afford to meet the needs of their children.

    • Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz on September 19, 2019 at 8:10 am

      It is difficult, Janet. Some families take the route of suing their public school to divert funding to a school like this, when the supports a child needs are not otherwise available.

  3. Marcia on September 19, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Wow, great ideas! Where can I get more of this type of information? I would love to hear more from this speaker!

  4. Robyn on September 18, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Awesome, I’ve been curious about FlexSchool and wasn’t learning a whole lot from the website only. This was a great interview and so interesting to hear the alternate learning plans and accommodations she mentioned. Great ideas. I wish all schools could be open like she describes but most of us know we have to prove the need (“but their grades are so good!”) before we can get anywhere with things.

  5. Sharon on September 18, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Listening to Jacqui Byrne’s talk I am reminded that we ALL do our best in this world with people who can be open and flexible to our unique individual personalities and needs. I appreciated her suggestion for parents to ask schools and teachers open ended questions as a beginning step in establishing a collaborative partnership on behalf of the child who is at the center of the conversation for all involved.

  6. Sabrina on September 18, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    You hit the nail on the head with your reference to ‘psychological safety’. This is a huge issue for 2e kids that doesn’t get addressed enough. My eldest has to go to a micro-school because that is the only place she feels psychologically safe, even if a larger school is specialized to help 2e kids. My younger one is struggling in her new school because she feels like she can’t be herself there. This is something we’re still working through. I also thought about whether to send her to the public school just for 2 specific classes, unfortunately, the logistics don’t work for us. I was pleased to hear you say that the school was trying to be accommodating, as ours is also trying, but sometimes it just doesn’t work and that doesn’t mean the school is ‘bad’.

    • Lauren on September 19, 2019 at 10:10 am

      Psychological safety is such an important precursor to learning. I hope you can find your younger daughter’s educational “home” where she can thrive.
      -Lauren with the Bright & Quirky Team

    • Sara on September 22, 2019 at 10:26 pm

      I, too, like the concept of “psychological safety.” It is my opinion; we need to be protecting that for as long as possible.

      Sara, with B&Q Team

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