Updated Friday, August 5, 2016 Brendan Dassey is serving a life sentence at Columbia Correctional Institute in Wisconsin following his conviction for the murder of Teresa Halbach. In April 2007, a jury found Dassey guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree sexual assault and mutilation of a corpse. Dassey’s confession to investigators formed the basis of the prosecution’s case. In part one of this-two-part series, we looked at Brendan’s disability and how it affected statements he made to investigators. We examined how police questioned Brendan. In this last part, we look at what protections should be in place to help juveniles with learning disabilities like Brendan. Whether you believe Brendan Dassey is […]
Updated Friday, August 5, 2016 The internet is buzzing about the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.” This gripping 10-part documentary is about Stephen Avery, who spent 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. DNA evidence freed Avery in 2003. However, two years later, police arrest and charge him with the murder of a young woman, Teresa Halbach. Then, the police arrest Brendan Dassey, his 16-year-old nephew, for helping Avery with the crime. Both men were convicted of Halbach’s murder in separate trials. Much of the internet chatter focuses on flaws in the justice system including the actions of the prosecutor and the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department. But […]
Updated Monday, May 15, 2017Preparation is the key to a successful transition from primary to secondary school for children with special needs. Secondary school is quite different and the changes in structure and routine often cause anxiety in children. Parents can do several things to make the transition easier. Here are four tips: Talk with your children about the transition to secondary school Talk with your children about the move to secondary school. Find out: What they are worried about. What they are looking forward to. Anything they want their new teachers to know about them. Ideas they have to make the transition easier.
Updated Sunday, January 24, 2016Parent teacher meetings are anxiety provoking for many parents. Sometimes it is the first time we meet our children’s teachers. Then there are the added pressures of waiting around, time limits on meetings and not knowing what to ask our children’s teachers. Typically, we ask how our child is doing in the teacher’s class, but when your child has special needs, there is more information you need to know. How to prepare for parent teacher meetings Preparation is key to a successful parent teacher meeting. First, ask your children questions about school such as: How do they think school is going? What do they like the […]
Updated Wednesday, February 10, 2016Three-year-old Cameron Thomas had his whole life to live. He also had autism. We do not know whether he wandered before, but yesterday evening he did and it was deadly. Cameron’s parents reported him missing around 6.15 pm. His godmother appealed for help finding the “beautiful blond haired, blue eyed baby.” So many people answered her appeal that officials asked some to go home. Hours later searchers found Cameron’s body in a marsh near his home in Chesapeake, Virginia. His parents’ pain is unimaginable. Autism and Wandering – Facts Although there are still a lot of mysteries about autism, we know some facts about autism and wandering. […]
Updated Thursday, October 8, 2015As children settle into their back to school routines, parents often notice that school is not going smoothly for their children. If your child is struggling in school, it is important to investigate this matter quickly. The sooner you identify the problem, the sooner you can take steps to eliminate it or get your child the support she needs. First, speak with your child. Ask her how she thinks things are going with her schoolwork. Then, speak with your child’s teacher about her life at school. Use this information to determine whether your child’s problems are academic, emotional or behavioural. If your child’s problems are academic, […]