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5 Questions to Ask a Therapeutic School
August 25, 2020

5 Questions to Ask a (Prospective) Therapeutic Program or School by Michelle Grappo, M.A., Ed.M., NCSP Is your child (or teen or young adult) struggling? If you are beginning the process of exploring a program or school with clinical therapy, it’s important to do your homework. The best way? Interview personnel at programs — personally….

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5 Things to Know Before Taking Your Teen With Special Needs Overseas
July 28, 2020

5 Things to Know Before Taking Your Teen With Special Needs Overseas I did a brief presentation at the Families in Global Transition conference in Washington, DC, for internationally mobile families about taking special needs children overseas. These are my “Top 5” tips based on years of experience working with international families as an Independent…

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10 TIPS and TRICKS I’ve learned homeschooling during quarantine
April 28, 2020

 10 tips and tricks I’m learning while homeschooling my four children. I have four boys that range in age from 6-16 years old. With a child in high school, junior high, elementary school, and kindergarten, it’s been a bit of a circus trying to meet the physical and emotional needs of each child. Here are…

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Five Signs a College Student may Benefit from Extra Support
May 22, 2019

Challenge is a part of the normal transition to college. The difficult parts of life are the parts where we learn and grow. And, sometimes students struggle an extraordinary amount and require support. Here are five signs a college student may benefit from extra support: 1. Communication: What is communication with home like? Are students…

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How I Arrived in Holland
October 3, 2018

Today is a big day at our office– our new furniture arrives (pictures to follow!). And in the meantime, while cleaning out my desk, I found this beautiful piece which I feel compelled to share. In 1987, Emily Perl Kingsley penned this essay, Welcome to Holland, which I also pasted below. I vividly remember reading this for…

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Costa Rica, Pura Vida! Therapeutic Programs in Costa Rica – New Summit, The Bridge and Pure Life
July 17, 2018

For years, I have wanted to do site visits on three very special therapeutic programs in Costa Rica – New Summit Academy, The Bridge, and Pure Life. I finally had the opportunity to make this trip, and I am so pleased that I did! It was also a special treat for me to be able to visit these…

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