Pamela Gross Downing

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Getting ready for Christmas

Christmas was just days away. For many, it wasn’t soon enough.Years ago, Christmas decorations wouldn’t appear until Thanksgiving time.Now, the stores want to encourage...

It’s beginning to look like Christmas

The Christmas season keeps coming earlier and earlier every year. You can see signs of the holidays in September mixed in with Halloween spiders...

Thanksgiving time and a child with autism

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. That means relatives who we haven’t seen all year will soon be arriving at our homes.In some cases,...

Ruben’s birthday party

Ruben was turning nine and he was very excited. The boy had been learning when his special day would appear on the monthly calendar.As...

Creating a classroom in the house

Every year as vacations roll around, students and teachers begin to get very excited. They talk about where they are going to go and...

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is a wonderful time of the year in South Texas. The temperatures start to shift and the days begin to cool down. It...

Creative play after school

Jeffrey was a remarkable little boy who impressed the teacher every day with his smile and hard work. The boy happened to be a...

Strength in numbers makes a difference

Several years ago, the parents in Room 623 formed a parent organization called VAST, Valley Autism Support Team. The intention of the group was...

The right clothing means independence

Uniforms are great. They help children focus on important things rather than having the most current outfit or following expensive clothing trends. Uniforms are...

The Transition

School was well underway and the new students, Michelle and Kyle, were beginning to get used to the routine in Room 623. It took...