Jerk California by Jonathan Friesen is about a teen with Tourette Syndrome

Jerk California’s main character is a rural Minnesota boy named Sam Carrier, whom we meet in his senior year of high school. His tics have made him a social outcast by his peers and a source of pity by many adults. Surprisingly, his disability is not the focus of the story. Sam lives with an abusive step father and a mother that doesn’t know how to help him. Sam meets Naomi, a popular and very beautiful girl from a nearby school. (…)

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Brad Cohen’s Book about Tourette Syndrome: Also a Hallmark Movie

On the eve of Brad Cohen’s December 7, 2008 debut CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame original movie about his life with Tourette Syndrome, I decided to purchase his 2005 book entitled: Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had to get a sneak peek into the wonderfully inspiring story. (…)

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A Visit with Zoolidays Illustrator Rolandas Kiaulevicius

Our boys received a wonderful gift this year for the holidays- a beautiful hardcover copy of Zoolidays, Written by Bruce Glassman and illustrated by up and coming artist Rolandas Kiaulevicius. If that wasn’t enough they also got tickets to a wonderful show about that book and more called GIRO. This (…)

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Preschool Prereading Activities That Make a Child an Early Reader

Preschool prereading activities are easy and fun. You don’t need to rely on a future kindergarten teacher to teach your child how to read. You can do it even if you don’t have any background in education. Don’t wait until your child is in kindergarten to start prereading activities. Start now. There are 10 very simple things parents can do with their kids that will teach preschool prereading activities. (…)

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Tips for Parents Traveling with Preschoolers

Need tips for traveling with preschoolers? Here’s a list for parents that will make traveling with preschoolers during the holiday season a little easier. Long car trips with impatient preschoolers will likely bring a parents stress levels to the brim, but if you are a little more prepared for the unexpected, things will go better for you. These tips will help you keep your sanity as you drive or fly this holiday season, whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or your long awaited summer vacation. (…)

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