Category Archives: Flexible thinking

Fabulous Fringes: A Poem

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Mom, do you want to learn about the game Portal? Co-creating Conceptual Frameworks

H: Mom – do you want to learn about the game Portal? Me: Sure! (considered pause) Me: Wait a second – what does that mean? Will you tell me about it for five minutes or will I have to commit … 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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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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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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This child does not deserve to be painted with my stress… A Poem

Today is just one of those days… I’m working hard on slowing it down… letting go of my agenda… responding to what my kid is REALLY saying… and remembering to breathe deeply… because this child does not deserve to be … Continue reading

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Yours, Mine and Ours: autism, self-advocacy, and setting limits

Originally posted on Thirty Days of Autism:
I have been thinking about limits: the edges of ourselves… that place where we interface with the world. Our limits and where we set them are the control valves for our emotional, social,…

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Inconsistencies, faking it, and the band-aid solution…

There have been times as a parent of a child on the Autism spectrum that I have had to adopt the fake it ’til you make it approach. At times the message that I need to convey to my child … Continue reading

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Bounce… Bounce… Bounce… The skills of resiliency

❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀ It just so happens that Resiliency is my super-power. I cannot jump tall buildings, or stop a bullet mid-flight, and my son will certainly confirm that, although my lightsaber style is developing a certain flourish, I am sadly lacking … 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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