My son just started the 8th grade and my wife and I recently received some news that we were hoping for. My son is Dyslexic. I can hear some of you now saying “You were actually hoping for this?” We are not cruel nor do we wish him any ill will. It’s just that after three years, we now know a key reason for his struggles at school and are in a position to help. Continue reading “Dyslexia: Suffering in Silence”
If you are the parent of a special needs child, you have (or will soon) run across an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Continue reading “The Importance of the Individual Education Plan”
This article originally appeared in The Good Men Project on July 7, 2017.
Parent Involvement can Maximize any Child’s Potential
Recently, my wife and I were invited to speak at a Family Retreat Weekend in Austin, Texas that was sponsored by the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD). Continue reading “Four Important Considerations for Educating Children With Special Needs”
This article originally appeared in the HuffPost on June 29, 2017.
My family and I just returned from a two-week whirlwind tour of five colleges across four states. My oldest daughter Julia will be a high school senior in the fall so we used part of our summer vacation to visit the colleges that she is most interested in. Continue reading “Three Keys to Preparing a Child for College”
I recently read an article titled “I Didn’t Want To Be A Mom, But I Had Kids Anyway” about a mom who initially was hesitant about becoming a parent but after having difficulty conceiving, going through postpartum depression, and the normal trials of motherhood, now has a level of love for her children that she didn’t think was possible. How did she get to that point? Simply, she answered the call. Continue reading “A Lesson in Parent Leadership: Answering the Call”
Today is a new day. I am re-launching the Jim Kennedy Leadership Cafe. Over the past year, I have written here and elsewhere about how my role as a parent has shaped my leadership philosophy. The response that I received was nice but it was clear that people wanted to know more about my role as a parent. Specifically, readers wanted to know about my life as a special needs Dad. My goal is to serve you the reader so if that is what you want, then that is what you will get. I am honored to serve you. Continue reading “Welcome to the New Cafe”