Category Archives: Arizona TASH

#VectorsofAutism: The Live-tweet Storified

Yesterday Laura and friends live-tweeted Vectors of Autism: A documentary about Laura Nagle which can currently be viewed online here. It was spectacularly well-received and created such a wonderful feeling of community. We were tweeting and connecting well before the … Continue reading

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TASH Conference Keynote and a fortress of chips: H Rocks his Advocacy

In front of the entire conference stood a 14-year-old boy. He’d eaten little during lunch – perhaps it was nerves – but more likely it was the lack of anything the least bit palatable or familiar to his tastes. However, … Continue reading

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‘Dear Teacher: A letter from H’ …Listening to Autism 13-year-old Style

Earlier this fall my 13-year-old son gave a presentation to my school staff (also his school) about autism, entitled “Dear Teacher: A Letter From H” and thus had the opportunity to teach teachers at his school about the way he … Continue reading

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Busy… Thinking about Perspectives

This past Friday I had the honour of speaking to my colleagues at the BCTELA (BC Teachers of English Language Arts) Provincial Conference. It was exciting to share my presentation entitled:  Perspective-Taking and Social Understanding Through Story: Literature based activities … Continue reading

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Aspie Travel… And Were Off!!

We are on the plane… heading far, far south… to Mexico. Every few years Craig and I have been fortunate to be able to take some time away and do a bit of travelling. In fact, each summer my parents … Continue reading

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Preoccupation with another layer of autism stigma: Crap…this goes deep!

I have been preoccupied with the ideas of self-advocacy lately. I am so motivated to delve into this – to understand more about the developmental components and the building bricks that will support the skills of advocacy.  I know… I … Continue reading

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Handling Haircuts… Autism and the Barber Shop

H has hair that seems to grow very, very fast! We have to go frequently to the barber – but I will share a few tricks we have learned – well more like… figured out along the way. First though, … 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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The Amazing Arizona TASH Adventure: A Roadtrip with H – Part 1

After a long day of traveling from Vancouver, Canada, H and I are now settled into our hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. We had some great conversations – and discussed the not knowing all of the details – and how that … Continue reading

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Autism Self-Advocacy – 13 year old style

H is 13… in some ways he is still so young… but I see him changing and developing in many areas.  I also see that adulthood is looming, and I understand that this next stage is, in some ways, much … Continue reading

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