Category Archives: mentor/apprentice

Mom, do you want to learn about the game Portal? Co-creating Conceptual Frameworks

H: Mom – do you want to learn about the game Portal? Me: Sure! (considered pause) Me: Wait a second – what does that mean? Will you tell me about it for five minutes or will I have to commit … Continue reading

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We’re Making Hobbit Cloaks – Oh Ya!!

The Hobbit!!! H and I have been reading The Hobbit this summer. You can read about the beginning of our journey here and it has progressed as beautifully as I had hoped. H and I are still reading – but … Continue reading

Posted in Autism, connections, cosplay, Journey, mentor/apprentice, Reading The Hobbit, scaffolding | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Geek Mythology: You don’t know the power of… acceptance!

H wears his inner Jedi… on the outside! Ya… We’re cool with that! Cue theme music: ♪ Da dahhh dadada da dahhh… ♪ Related Posts: • Lego, Star Wars, and Duct Tape: A Rainy Day Collaboration • Autism, Star Wars in … 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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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…

Posted in Anxiety, ASD, Aspergers, Autism, calm, connections, Cooking with kids, family, inclusion, mentor/apprentice, perspective of others | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Be the Change… Vectors of Autism at the SFU Alone Together Film Festival

Lately I have been so busy – I can hardly tell which side is up. I mentioned I was too busy to blog to my friend Ariane at Emma’sHopeBook and we brainstormed a few ideas. Here is a depiction of … Continue reading

Posted in Autism, Documentary, IEP, Laura Nagle, mentor/apprentice, promote social understanding, Purchase Vectors of Autism: Laura Nagle, SFU Public Square Alone Together Film Festival, Special Education, Teacher, Vectors of Autism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Remembering Neil Armstrong: Father, Son, and Special Interests

The Amazing Craig knows an astounding amount about the space program. Here are some of his reflections about Neil Armstrong: “Neil Armstrong and David Scott literally saved the space program from disaster – they were on a Gemini Mission 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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Diagnosis: AUTISM … part 2

Like any parent, I don’t want to focus on the differences in my child from a deficit point of view. Although I know that I must be realistic in addressing areas in need of development if H is to be … Continue reading

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Together: Vygotsky, connections and the tipping point

Connecting in a small town… It is a small town: heavy on character, light on wireless technology. I had anticipated sketchy internet access – but there is none. I hope you appreciate that I had to sacrifice and come to … Continue reading

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