Tag Archives: Neurotypical

Easy Silence: I am still learning to communicate (via Thirty Days of Autism)

I was once working with a child on the Autism spectrum… (not H) and this opportunity had me considering, I mean really considering, what it must be like to be him. He had so many challenges and did not use … 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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Contemplating the box and living on the edge

Even when I was a child it was suggested that I was a different kind of thinker. “Wow – you really think outside the box…” I always feel a kind of pride in this as for me thinking outside the … Continue reading

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Building a Social Ramp: supporting those with social cognitive challenges

A few weeks back I was working with a group of educators from Simon Fraser University who are completing a graduate diploma in Supporting Diverse Learners (SDL). I was explaining that we need to build a social ramp for our … Continue reading

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Approximating typical: navigating the label “high functioning autism”

School can be a difficult place for children on the Autism spectrum. It can be particularly tricky for those who approximate typical, who seem almost to be like everyone else. These are the children who are sometimes referred to as … Continue reading

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Who says I want to fit in… thinking about perspectives

As I shared in a previous post, I have a magnet on my fridge that reads, “Who says I want to fit in?” For me this message serves a function on a number of levels. It reminds me of strategies … Continue reading

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Efforts in increasing Autism Awareness: an AA intervention…

When H was first diagnosed with autism, I remember my own parents expressing concern about the potential limitations that a label like this would put on my child. There was a time when a label was considered such a negative … Continue reading

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Avoiding discomfort vs the necessity of the mundane: the rainy Sunday Blues

My life is not particularly glamorous or exciting – but I am excited about it much of the time. Today however I am right in the thick of the mundane necessities: the things I have been letting pile up – … Continue reading

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Oh No!! Not again!! Perspectives on handling change

In my post the other day I mentioned the fiasco caused by my encounter with a new cereal, and since this I have been noticing that many of us are creatures of habit. Think about it: how many of us … Continue reading

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30 Days of Autism Project…(Countdown to April, 2011)

It is hard to know if I am writing to anyone else at all – perhaps it is just me and no one will read this little post. If that is how it shakes down, that is ok, but I … Continue reading

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