Category Archives: relationships

Random thoughts, changing colours, and the TARDIS

I have been thinking so much… and at the same time… writing far less than is the norm for me. I have too many partially completed projects that are pulling me in different directions.  There is just so much rattling … Continue reading

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“Time to Listen”: Autism and the simplicity of relationships

It is the end of my day… I am home from work. It was a good day. I taught a little girl, who is struggling in so many areas, to tie her shoes… and it gave me goosebumps. I can … Continue reading

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Falling in love with words and novelty

When H was younger we had so much fun watching this and riffing on it as a family. I think it is a pretty cool resource or strategy to use to fall in love with the sounds of language! We … Continue reading

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Feet on Ground… Heart in Hand… Be Yourself…

I know one thing for certain… I am not going to get this whole motherhood thing completely right. I know there are things I do well, and that there are also things I need to work to do better. I … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning at Our House: loving ordinary

Craig is streaming Bugs Bunny cartoons and I am checking emails and reading blogs. The dining room table is shaking with his laughter – which makes it hard to type – but adds joy to my world. I love that … Continue reading

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Welcoming Your Dissent: A Poem

I am striving to listen to respond to the message I need to be welcoming to your dissent There has to be room for dissent… or the ‘yes’ is meaningless Honouring you your self-determination is not about what is easier … Continue reading

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Supporting Special Interests: Strength-based opportunities for development

H has been working on a project for weeks and weeks… I believe, however, that he has been planning it in his head for months. The potential for skill development embedded within this sort of self-directed special-interest project is enormous! … 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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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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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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