Category Archives: aproximating typical

Strengths, Stretches, and Autism: More Lessons from the Thrift-Shop

H and I are the same in many ways: we don’t really like shopping or malls but we love the thrift shop with its lure of the find and the potential of treasure. Buying H’s clothes there means they are … Continue reading

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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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Social Thinking at Work: A book review

Winner, M.G.,& Crooke, P. (2011) Social Thinking at Work. San Jose, CA.: Think Social, Inc., & North River Press. Part of my motivation for reviewing Social Thinking at Work is that I strongly believe we need to be spreading understanding … Continue reading

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Defining Normal: Who Says I want to fit in… thinking about perspectives…

Defining Normal: Who says I want to fit in… thinking about perspectives Originally Posted on April 17, 2011 – This post has been republished as part of the Define “Normal” Blogging Challenge started by my wonderful blogging friend Renata over at … Continue reading

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Mom… tell me what I did wrong: Autism and Social Development

In my role as a special educator I often remind others (myself included) to consider that H and others like him who are Autistic are working doubly hard to make their way in the world. The effort my child makes … Continue reading

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“Mom… I’m a Mutant”: Boys, Silliness, and the Aftermath of Summer Camp

H was getting ready for the bath, when I was hailed with an unexpected distress call: “Mom… Arrrgh… I’m a mutant!!” I must admit that at this point all sorts of worrisome images rapidly flashed through my mind. I quelled … Continue reading

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Who says I want to fit in… thinking about perspectives

As I shared in a previous post, I have a magnet on my fridge that reads, “Who says I want to fit in?” For me this message serves a function on a number of levels. It reminds me of strategies … Continue reading

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