Category Archives: Parent

Papa, the Shillelagh, and a head in the clouds….

As I was growing up, I recall my mother often seemed practically concerned about my fanciful ways and ideas, and my tendency to have my head somewhat ‘in the clouds.’ My mother might be considered a bit of a worrier, … Continue reading

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Fear, Hate, and Exclusion: It’s time to silence Autism Speaks!

I will begin with the words of my son, H, when he was 13: “I am not a tragedy and autism is a part of who I am. Mom – autism means I think differently… and that is a good … Continue reading

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Making a difference… and in good company

This week H will be co-presenting with me at the BCTELA (British Columbia Teachers of English Language Arts) Provincial Conference. He says he feels good about doing this -  as do I. It is going to be wonderful adventure and … Continue reading

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Profoundly Logical: I didn’t hear you

In exasperation: “Hey H, I already asked you to do this!” “I didn’t hear you…” “I know… that is why I am mad!” “I can’t hear you because I am not hearing you.” (pause) “I didn’t hear you because I … Continue reading

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Rhodes on the Road

I want to tell you about a young man today – not H – but another equally amazing kid. I suppose he is not really a kid anymore – as he is 17 and well on his way to adulthood. … 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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Feet on Ground… Heart in Hand… Be Yourself…

I know one thing for certain… I am not going to get this whole motherhood thing completely right. I know there are things I do well, and that there are also things I need to work to do better. I … Continue reading

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Strengths, Stretches, and Autism: More Lessons from the Thrift-Shop

H and I are the same in many ways: we don’t really like shopping or malls but we love the thrift shop with its lure of the find and the potential of treasure. Buying H’s clothes there means they are … Continue reading

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Welcoming Your Dissent: A Poem

I am striving to listen to respond to the message I need to be welcoming to your dissent There has to be room for dissent… or the ‘yes’ is meaningless Honouring you your self-determination is not about what is easier … 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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