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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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Supporting Diverse Learners: Visual Notes and Other Perspectives

I have a social hangover… I am spent… I haven’t yet been able to get to the place where I feel caught up, but like I shared in my previous post – it has been an intense, but positive, couple … Continue reading

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Inclusion and Autism… leaning in

Today at the Inclusion BC Conference, I had the opportunity to meet Paula Kluth, and hear her keynote address about inclusive practices in education. Her message is powerful and one that I embrace: Inclusive education is the foundation upon which … 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, Written Output, and Voice-to-text Technology: Dragon Dictate

This post was created during my first attempt at using Dragon Dictate for Mac (voice-to-text software technology) Today I am learning to use Dragon Dictate for Mac. This is pretty darn exciting. I can see the benefits of this programming … Continue reading

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❀ Someday… Teachers Supporting Diversity ❀

Last night I started a new adventure: I am part of the instructional team for a 2 year Graduate Field Studies Program for teachers who are pursuing a diploma in Supporting Diverse Learners at a major university here on the … Continue reading

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Coping with Anxiety: the power and message of a parent’s response (via Thirty Days of Autism)

My child experiences anxiety. Unfortunately, anxiety is often one of the tag-along companions on the journey of a child on the Autism spectrum, along with attentional issues (ADHD), sensory issues, tic disorders, and speech and language challenges, to name a … Continue reading

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Siblings, stress, and love: A big sister’s view of autism (via Thirty Days of Autism)

I have a beautiful daughter who will be 18 next week. Nika was almost 6 when H was born. He was like having a real baby doll and she was just awesome with him. Nika was precocious and very social: … Continue reading

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Aa is for Applecus and Autism: A look back at supporting language development (via Thirty Days of Autism)

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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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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