Category Archives: self-directed learning

Blacksmith at the Forge + The Music of Invention

It is summer, and with summer comes that certain sense of freedom in the days that stretch before us filled with possibility.  It is like that one gift under the tree that hasn’t yet been opened. In all honesty, I … Continue reading

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Who is calmer? A survey by H

This post is by H. We had one of our long drives into the city the other day and had lots of fun discussing various things, some very serious – some silly. H thought it would be great fun to … Continue reading

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Autistic Pride Day 2013

THIS…  1000000000 x this! _________________________________________________________ 30 Days of Autism is a project designed to promote social understanding and offer a glimpse into the perspectives of those whose lives are touched by Autism. © Leah Kelley, Thirty Days of Autism, (2013)

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Horror B Films, Empathy, and Indignation!

I have mentioned before that H is really into Horror B Movies and that he is working on making one of his own. H is The kid who knows who Stanley Kubrick is: Dreaming Big. He is always working on props … Continue reading

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The Spectacular Joy of Inventing

Inventing… the idea becomes the prototype… and onward from there! H made the hot sauce for me as imagined/dreamed up the other night (see Spice of life!). Um ya… it is aptly named: Twitching Corpse Hot Sauce! Today he is trying … Continue reading

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There’s something strange in your Neighbourhood… Who’ya gonna’call?!? H the Creator!!

I wrote a kind of teaser post about H’s project the other day. The big message of this post was that when special interests are supported with opportunity… innovation, problem-solving, and positive development are inevitable! (Insert theme music) Doodo doodo … Continue reading

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Who ya gonna call? Autism, Distance Education, and Ghostbusters

H’s most recent interest (since April of this year) has been in building his own Ghostbusters backpack. He has been is watching how to videos on youtube that have been posted by other kids with similar proclivities toward creating pop … 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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Self-directed Learning… Special Interest Style!

We live close to Vancouver in the beautiful Fraser Valley of British Columbia! It is lush and green and buzzing with life! Right now, however, we are inundated with mosquitoes after a particularly treacherous spring thaw and lots of flooding … Continue reading

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