Tuesday, September 13, 2011

School! Someone to Look Up To!

Two of my grandsons didn't begin school, as is the norm on the day after Labour Day.  Instead, they began their school year, a couple of days later, on Thursday.

If you've been a long-time reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL), you'll know that one of my grandsons was terribly abused by people last year, at school.  In fact, it was recently found during a scan that he even has brain scar tissue, from an injury he received while at school last year.

There is no reason for me to recall and write again about some of the episodes that involved people who do not understand disabilities that pose a problem, for those affected.  It is enough to say that there are those whose disabilities are not severe enough for these children to be removed from the regular school system, like one of my grandsons, who is ten (10) years old.

I felt elated to hear that their school has a new principal.  One who won't tolerate the kinds of things that were happening in the past.

It made my heart skip a beat with gladness, to hear that he has had special training and understands children with the sort of disabilities, that exist at that school.  Like my grandson, who is not only extremely Hyper-active and is on medication for it, and who has been declared to be legally disabled because of it, but who also has Tourette Syndrome.

What is Tourette Syndrome?  Well, Wikipedia is not a medical site, but I'll include a link for it.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourette_syndrome  If you don't want to read the info on this page, that's fine.  Research it, yourself.

When I say I was happy to hear that the new principal was trained through Child and Parent Research Institute (CPRI) in London, Ontario, Canada, I mean I was truly elated and praised God, aloud!  Especially since, CPRI is a support for parents like my daughter, who has children with disabilities, both physical and neurological.

Here is a Youtube video of Dr. Duncan McKinlay of CPRI, entitled:  Leaky Brakes, What They Are, What They Aren'thttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZJS8MM2Buc

Dr. McKinlay isn't just someone interested in helping children with Tourettes Syndrome.  He has another reason for his concern.  He also has Tourette Syndrome.

The amazing part to me is more than just hearing that Dr. McKinlay has held himself out there to support families who endure repercussions from this condition.  It is encouraging to me that he himself, is an inspiration to those affected by Tourettes Syndrome.

I'm grateful that my grandson will be able to look up to someone who has been able to not just make a difference in the lives of others, but also, that my grandson will be able to see that like Dr. McKinlay, he can succeed in life, in a general way.

With God's help, of course.  I praise God and thank Jesus, for this!  This has truly been an answer to prayer.

Until next time...

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