Category Archives: handling discomfort

Uncomfortable… So what?!?

I have been thinking about how often we are uncomfortable with feeling uncomfortable (which I cannot help but note is ironically circular in its very definition), and that I have observed and experienced the inherently powerful and positive opportunity that … Continue reading

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Sometimes I cringe: Leaning into my discomfort

Sometimes I read something that I’ve written long ago – and I  cringe. Sometimes I am tempted to change a few words to reflect what I know now. But there is a usefulness to this. It is a way of … Continue reading

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Yours, Mine and Ours: autism, self-advocacy, and setting limits

Originally posted on Thirty Days of Autism:
I have been thinking about limits: the edges of ourselves… that place where we interface with the world. Our limits and where we set them are the control valves for our emotional, social,…

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I am so OK with being wrong…

I am WRONG… rather often actually; I don’t know – what I don’t know – until I have found out – that I don’t know it… As convoluted as that may sound, it makes sense really. It is a relatively … Continue reading

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Out on a limb and taking risks: Aaaaaaack!!

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.                             ~Pablo Picasso Today I did something amazing… But first, I do need to confess that I am deathly afraid of … 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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Michelle Garcia Winner and Amazing Social Thinking Strategies: I ❤ this stuff!

Last fall I went to a conference on Preparing for Transitions to Adulthood and Beyond… with Michelle Garcia Winner. I just love the work she is doing with Social Thinking: I love the work this enables me to do with … Continue reading

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Not eloquent… just tired

Last night I participated in Relay for Life – a 12 hour event to raise funds for Cancer Research. I was up all night and, I although I require little sleep, I just can’t pull that off anymore. As I … Continue reading

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Resiliency and The Big Apple

This boy of mine has big plans: he is saving to go to New York City. I am not certain why he is so driven to get there, but I suspect it is a combination of wanting to relive Home … Continue reading

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