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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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Michelle Grappo, Ed.M, and Rebecca Grappo, M.Ed, Join Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Leadership Team
July 6, 2018

At the recent Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) conference in Austin, Texas, Michelle Grappo and Rebecca (Becky) Grappo both took on new leadership roles in their professional organization of IECA. Michelle took the helm of the Therapeutic Committee as Chair after serving for two years as vice-chair. This committee seeks to advance the collaboration between…

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Is My Teenager Ready for College?
February 14, 2018

On one of the first fall days of September, Michelle and Rebecca were invited to speak to the Colorado Consultants Association to answer that vexing and nagging query: is my teenager ready for college? Utilizing their extensive experience and professional backgrounds, they addressed the various social-emotional needs, learning difficulties, and even current cultural challenges that…

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Quoted: Michelle in the Washington Post
January 28, 2018

Taking a special needs child abroad? Do you live abroad already with a child who has special needs? How have you made it work? Jackie Spinner takes us on her incredible journey to Morocco with her young adopted sons who are on the Autism Spectrum in her Washington Post Perspective special, “Special needs parenting in Morocco.” It was…

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