What is written endures.


“Dr. Turner’s book is an excellent first step in the right direction. It is an example of his commitment to doing what is right for students. I found the sections on assessment and the IEP process particularly enlightening. This book would be an informative read for any individual involved in the IEP process..”
- William Shupe, M.A., NPS Principal

In these pages are three years of faithful letter writing from a son to his father with dementia. The first three chapters convey the lessons learned in writing letters. These address the mechanics, theory, and art of letter writing learned over this three-year journey. 

I started writing Dad out of love and frustration. I was frustrated he was three thousand miles away and there was nothing I could do. About eight years earlier, I started including dementia as an area of professional study. This study led me to offer Continuing Education Units to Elder Care Administrators throughout Southern California. Little did I know my own father would develop dementia a few years later. When he was diagnosed, I knew all too well the prognosis. I knew the certainty of memory loss, paranoia, and eventually death.

Chapter five through eight are the letters sent over three years without fail. Although these chapters read more like a journal of my life, you will see the care I took to stay positive; to provide him with certainty I was doing all right while not sounding too Pollyanna. These letters were not written for you, remember when reading, the only intended audience was Dad. However, I share them here to provide insight, motivation, techniques, and examples of how to write to a loved one whom you know is unable to respond. 

Chapter four is the last letter. Dad will never read or hear it. His passing ended this letter writing exploration. I hope, one day, to have this last letter bronzed and attached to Dad's grave marker for all to ponder. 

Every Day is New Again: A resource guide for care givers.  This book is based on Dr. Turner's eight hour dementia presentations given throughout Southern California.  It's eight chapters include: Neuro-Anatomy; Dementia Evaluations and Treatments; Alzheimer's Disease, Stages, Therapies, and Behaviors; and Helpful Approaches and Environmental Accommodations for Safety. 

Based on my travel throughout Europe and America, this journaling system is both structured and freestyle.  It helps the new and experienced journaler combine basic information about each place with the aspects that were outstandingly interesting.

"A must have resource/reference for special education teachers, general education teachers, service providers, and administrators, Dr. Turner clearly communicates the scope and focus of effective IEP meetings and shares practical advice for case management. He emphasizes collaboration to create the most individualized and effective plans for students. He gives great advice on finding 'replacement behaviors' rather than extinguishing behaviors."
-D. Powell, Independent Study Special Education Teacher

 

Looking up in the British Isles is an unique guide to experiencing detail on your next vacation.  You can purchase it from amazon.com.

Only researched based and proven interventions and changes to optimize your life. Topics include:

  • Exercising self-control
  • Minimizing stress
  • Improving memory
  • Controlling pain
    and more.

Field trips for educational purposes are most effective with prior planning, a well-designed itinerary, and mechanisms to hold students accountable for gathering and processing their educational information and experiences.  This Journey Journal: Washington, DC and Nearby Historic Sites provides a format and mechanism for this process.  The book provides the structure and journal writing prompts many students need to learn the process of thoughtful reflective journaling, a lost art for many persons in our text messaging society.