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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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Cleaning the Aspie Room – Round Two

Ding, Ding… And we’re at it again… or maybe more like … still!! Four days ago I started a little project that was necessary so that I could move ahead with creating a much-needed office space for myself. I mentioned … 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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Code: A Woman with Aspergers, Empathy, and Poetic Response

Dear H: for those of us to whom words sometimes do not easily run, saunter, or even amble: we speak in code. We think in code. We construct our languages painstakingly like little Tolkiens, separated by time, distance, and space: … Continue reading

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Building Stilts and Resiliency

H built stilts yesterday. His dad, Craig the Amazing, has offered to build some wooden ones with him, but apparently H couldn’t wait. Here is his prototype… Pretty cool, really… Then one of them broke – or more like… tore. … Continue reading

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Inventing and visual/spacial thinking: Got Milk??

This morning I could tell H was on the prowl for something interesting to occupy him. He queried, “Mom – are we almost finished the milk??” “Why? Are you needing the carton for something?” “Yup – I am thinking about … Continue reading

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“I left my child in the woods!”: Two Moms on the Lam

The Amazing Craig has taken H and City Mouse to create their own summer camp, which has been dubbed “Camp Snarfly.” (This name was inspired by Laura Nagle’s word snarfly – which is the autistic specific emotion of the joy … Continue reading

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What is going on here?!? Autism, Uneven Development and Periods of Consolidation

Some time ago I was reading an article by a parent who was commenting on her surprise that her child was suddenly gaining a myriad of skills – seemingly out of the blue. This was not just happening in one … Continue reading

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Lego, Star Wars, and Duct Tape: A Rainy Day Collaboration

It is Spring Break but apparently no one let the season coordinator know! It is beyond just a bit rainy – to which we are pretty accustomed in Vancouver. No, it is not just rain: it’s cold and sleet and … Continue reading

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Harnessing the power of intense interests: MJ meets StarWars

For the last couple of months H has been fascinated with Michael Jackson. He began with Thriller and Smooth Criminal, but has moved on to broaden his tastes. He loves the messages: Heal the World and Black or White. While … Continue reading

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