Originally Posted: January 29, 2015
He has come such a long way in these ten years…
The Toddler Years
An unknown future
We were told by many experts that the extent of the impacts couldn’t be totally known—and some wouldn’t even be seen—until he got older, because the frontal lobe damage caused by lead was hard to predict (and that that is also the very last structure of the brain to develop).
Six years old
A neuropsychological assessment
A kitten for Avi…
Next came the challenges with school:
Finding a school where the teaching methodologies would focus on his strengths and give him an opportunity to succeed was nearly impossible…finding a school that would not use testing to compare him to/pit him against other children his same age—yet that would address his passionate thirst for knowledge and work around his inability to read…finding a community where the children would not make fun of him for his disabilities [that is an ongoing challenge]!
The perfect school (nope!)
Another “perfect” school…
On his tenth birthday (January 29, 2005)
Happy Birthday Avi. As a birthday present today for Avi today –
please consider getting your loved ones tested for lead
Below is a more up-to-date picture of the Rubin brothers – from September 2020! Left to Right: Mom (51), A.J. (18), Charlie (12), Colescott (24) and Avi (15).