Category Archives: ToM (Theory of Mind)

Defining Normal: Who Says I want to fit in… thinking about perspectives…

Defining Normal: Who says I want to fit in… thinking about perspectives Originally Posted on April 17, 2011 – This post has been republished as part of the Define “Normal” Blogging Challenge started by my wonderful blogging friend Renata over at … Continue reading

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Aaaack!! Are we Thankful? Autism and the Family Dinner Party

Navigating sensory issues, social stress and anxiety for children on the Autism spectrum can be a challenge at any time. However, I was recently asked by a parent for some tips or suggestions to help her Autistic child get through/handle … Continue reading

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The magic of perspective and the perspective of magic: teaching sleight of mind

There can be surprising effectiveness in addressing an issue from an unexpected angle or finding another way. Thus, I have been teaching H the skills of a magician and encouraging him to do ‘magic shows‘ for friends and family. This … 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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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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Tears and glimpses of the moon

So many parents of children with autism are amazingly strong and resilient. We are skilled in advocacy and educating others. We can be almost psychic in our ability to anticipate behaviours and sensory reactions, or else uncanny in our ability … Continue reading

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