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Be There: Schoolwork at Home

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - We understand it's hard for parents to completely stop what they're doing and help their children with homework, but one family is forced to work together for their daughter with special needs.

7 year old Haley Barksdale has a rare form of epilepsy, making it hard for her to retain knowledge.

Her mother, Lauralea Martin told News Leader Nine, "She is really at where the on-set of her seizures started which is about 3 1/2. Haley is 7 1/2 and so for four years, everyday Haley seizes."

When Haley enrolled in school, her family and the school administrators teamed up to make the most of her education. Martin said, "They came together, we discussed Haley not as a number or another student but as a little girl who is in need of a caring environment and a learning team that will work together to help her excel to the best of her ability."

Because of her special need, Lauralea has to review everything Haley learned in class that day, "Haley and I sit down every day and do homework together. We go over homework sheets and Haley is learning."

She says it is important for other parents to take that extra time to show their kids just how important their schoolwork is, "It just takes that extra time and investment everyday in my child because for her that helps her feel empowered to learn."


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