Category Archives: language

Papa, the Shillelagh, and a head in the clouds….

As I was growing up, I recall my mother often seemed practically concerned about my fanciful ways and ideas, and my tendency to have my head somewhat ‘in the clouds.’ My mother might be considered a bit of a worrier, … Continue reading

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Good Question: Do geese know how to read?

I have been cleaning and culling and going through tonnes of stuff of late – and I every once in a while I come across a little treasure. The other day, in the midst of my organizing effort, I found … Continue reading

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Two Little Girls

Today I am at a District Student Services Training for Special Education Teachers and others, which is hosted in the multipurpose room of one of our elementary schools. There have been marvelous conversations and dialogues around supporting diverse learners, building … Continue reading

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“Whisper me, Mom”: Autism and Supporting Development

When H was tiny I used to whisper words to him when we were out, because he lacked words of his own in an unfamiliar environment, or with unfamiliar people. I would lean in seamlessly – almost invisibly – so … Continue reading

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Autism and Thoughts on Written Output: Infinity Blade II… A review by H

Please note: This post has two sections: the first is H’s review, the second consists of an examination of written output for H and others who process differently. H is trying to teach me how to play “Infinity Blade II” … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Conversation Unplugged: “Mom ~ I love you!!”

Today H and I  were heading into the big city. It was close to a two hour trip and we agreed to have a no technology drive. That meant no iPad, iPod or laptop in the car for H… and … Continue reading

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Dear, Dear Friend: A poem for the blogosphere

Dear, Dear Friend: I await your posts… They make me laugh                                                                                            …and cry They educate me They make me wonder It seems your words come with me on my journey                                                                                                                                                           with my beloved child Sometimes your words make me feel … Continue reading

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Aa is for Applecus and Autism: A look back at supporting language development

The other day I was reading about a mother’s excitement over her daughter’s language acquisition. It had me thinking back and remembering how that felt for us. My son is now 12 and has amazing expressive language – it took … Continue reading

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Looking back and next steps: the power of pause

It is critical sometimes to stop and observe where we are at and to notice how H is growing and developing. The changes are small and incremental (though at times these little things can seem HUGE to us) and might … Continue reading

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Easy Silence: I am still learning to communicate

I was once working with a child with autism… (not H) and this opportunity had me considering, I mean really considering, what it must be like to be him. He had so many challenges and did not use words to … Continue reading

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