Note to reader: I am using this space and place to post parts of a new slip-fiction novel series I am working on, Left Brain Right, the story of a young girl who hears voices. I will not be posting the whole story, but I will be posting practical tips when dealing with someone, or one’s own self, as they are going through traumatic, or not so traumatic, experiences.

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How today’s story excerpt can help you:

Theme: Learning how to break out of our comfort zones, in a safe place, is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves and others.

Today’s Story Excerpt: (Right Side)

August 23rd: Ms. P’s Journal
I sat and though about my case load today. As always, a wide variety of labels were attached to students:
– Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
– Autism Spectrum.
– Emotional Disorder.
– Selectively Mute.

ADHD and ED are my specialty. I have developed a lot of positive strategies that I have used over time to work with children like that.

I even feel comfortable working with children on the Autism Spectrum disorder, since that was an intense area of focus for me while attending grade school. Still, I haven’t worked with many students who choose to be selectively mute. Michelle is only my second one.

The problem, that I observed last year, is that she is so sweet and quite that most teachers leave her alone. They don’t challenge her to break out of her shell, for fear of traumatizing her further. I must admit, I have the same fear as well.

I guess I’ll have to hit the internet and find some professional educational journals and studies that can help, not just me and Michelle, but her teachers as well.