Michael's Journey

With Strength, Courage and Bravery

Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Students

Have you noticed an increase of families that you work with that have anxiety and mental health concerns?

We are going to hear from a few crucial members of one team. Together they will share the ebb and flow of their journey designed to meet Michael's ever changing needs and to provide a meaningful education.


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Michael's Story

Be amazed as you listen to one strong and courageous student share about his unique needs and what supports are helpful to accommodate those needs. It won't take you long to discover how well he knows himself, his strong determination to do his best even in the midst of extreme challenges and his commitment to helping others.

Janet, Michael's Mom & Penny, the Caped Crusader

Perseverance and determination are a couple of ways to describe Janet. There are no stumbling blocks too high for her. She will just find ways to move around them, over them and sometimes right through them and keep on going. One of Janet's many quotes that she lives by and describe her well is,

"Get Up, Dress Up, Show Up and Never Give Up"

Be inspired by Janet!

Jo, Michael's Tutor

Hear how and what individual services and supports are used to help Michael access the curriculum in his least restrictive environment and make adequate progress in the general education curriculum.

Michael's Mental Health Team

Listen to how Michael's mental health team is supporting him to develop resiliency so that he can reach the goals that he has set for his future.
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Click to View Data Collection Forms

Here you will see data collection forms including sample observation forms from the school provided mental health support and sample log forms from the tutor. You will also find a writing sample from Michael.

Click to View Tools in Michael's Tool Belt

You will find a few of the tools that Michael and the team use on a daily basis.

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Click for Trauma Information

You will find information on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and other information that Janet found beneficial.

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Click for PNES Information

Find information on Psychogenic Non- Epileptic Seizures from a variety of sources.

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Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome

See a quick visual that describes the cycle of CVS

More Information on CVS

Find out more about Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome

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Jo's Notes for Her Presentation With School Staff

You will find general information related to Michael's diagnosis' along with specific information that Jo provided through training to school staff that may help them to better understand his mental and physical health needs in the academic setting.

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Click for Link to Theraspecs

Michael's new migraine, headache reducing, tinted glasses from Theraspecs. Find the link for Theraspecs.

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Click to Listen to a Song that Inspires Michael

Do you know someone that could be inspired by this very same song?

Click to View Janet and Jo's Reflections

Here you will find Reflections from both Janet, Michael's Mom and Jo, Michael's Tutor


Our hope is that others may be better understood and supported because of Team Michael's generous hearts allowing all of us into their lives.


Janet, Michael's Mom: teammichaeljourney@gmail.com

Jo, Michael's Tutor: michaelstutor@gmail.com

Sandy Brickner: sandyb@ocecd.org

Valorie Dombroskas: valoried@ocecd.org

A special thank you goes out to Valorie Dombroskas for her many hours behind the scenes spent editing the recordings. We couldn't have done this without you!