Category Archives: Anxiety

Adding the I to IEP: H is at the table

There was another first for our 13-year-old this week. We worked with the wonderful team at H’s Distributed Learning School to update his Individual Education Plan (IEP) and for the first time ever H was there to take part. He … Continue reading

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Aaaack!! Are we Thankful? Autism and the Family Dinner Party

Originally posted on Thirty Days of Autism:
Navigating sensory issues, social stress and anxiety for children on the Autism spectrum can be a challenge at any time. However, I was recently asked by a parent for some tips or suggestions…

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Autism… and Mexico and Family and Inclusion and…WOW!

“When I asked H to help me with packing today… he got all excited. Turns out he though I asked him about “hacking”… Love that kid! And Yay!! Work at SFU [working at the university] is done – so I … Continue reading

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Cleaning the Aspie Room: Aaack! Will we ever move on from this?

H is a collector! He is a collector of facts, like the Amazing Craig (H’s Dad) and like myself! And also like me… he is a collector of stuff! We both love thrift stores and the thrill of a treasure … Continue reading

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The Amazing Arizona TASH Adventure: A Roadtrip with H – Part 2

Two big days! H and I were met yesterday morning by Laura Nagle and Susan Marks, and together with Barb Trader: the National Director of TASH, we were driven to the conference location. H and Laura chatted about Star Trek … Continue reading

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Autism Positivity… and the motivation to reframe “tragedy”

I will begin with the words of my son, H: “I am not a tragedy and autism is a part of who I am. Mom – autism means I think differently… and that is a good thing. Isn’t it?!?” I … Continue reading

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Autism and Poetry: The restorative power of language, mindfulness, and a sensory break

For the past 3 years H has been involved in a 6-8 week Art/Science program held at the nearby Blue Heron Reserve. This is a wonderful hands-on enrichment opportunity that is offered annually by his DL school, and for a … Continue reading

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Sometimes it’s just difficult… Anxiety, Autism and Brittle Balance

Tick, Tick, Tick… goes the time passing on the kitchen clock… Click, click, click… is quietly added, as my fingers fly over the keyboard of my computer. H is at a birthday party. It is for The Lovely S – … Continue reading

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Contemplating Christmas: Autism and Giving to Others

I participate in a number of facebook groups. This past week one of them posted a theme on sharing Christmas gift ideas for people with additional needs. I’d like to take this on a slightly different angle (who’s surprised?!?) and … Continue reading

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Aaaack!! Are we Thankful? Autism and the Family Dinner Party

Navigating sensory issues, social stress and anxiety for children on the Autism spectrum can be a challenge at any time. However, I was recently asked by a parent for some tips or suggestions to help her Autistic child get through/handle … Continue reading

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