Tag Archives: struggle

Special Educators are doing amazing things: The IASE Conference and Vectors of Autism

I am completely exhausted… but in a good way! Last week I attended and participated in the IASE (International Association of Special Education) Conference in Vancouver, Canada. There were people from more than 40 countries, and what an honour it … 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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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

Posted in Aspergers, Autism, diversity, Educator, inclusion, Inclusion BC Conference, Karla Fisher, Neurodiversity, Parker Palmer, Paula Kluth, perspective of others, promote social understanding, Silence, Teacher | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Nurturing Neurodiversity: I cannot stop the Sea

Again and again come waves on the beach sometimes rhythmic and predictable soothing in their meter the iambic pentameter of life Then crash and tumble you are hit with the tide the rogue happening that caught you unaware there is … Continue reading

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

Originally posted on Thirty Days of Autism:
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…

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Out on a limb and taking risks: Aaaaaaack!!

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.                             ~Pablo Picasso Today I did something amazing… But first, I do need to confess that I am deathly afraid of … Continue reading

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Dear, Dear Friend: A poem for the blogosphere

Dear, Dear Friend: I await your posts… They make me laugh                                                                                            …and cry They educate me They make me wonder It seems your words come with me on my journey                                                                                                                                                           with my beloved child Sometimes your words make me feel … Continue reading

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Aaaack! Too much to do!! Deep breath… and again… and other strategies…

Aaaack!! I seem to have too much to do! Working hard is the game plan… fueled by caffeine and enthusiasm! When enthusiasm fails – I have dedication, commitment, and a sense of purpose as fall back resources to keep me … Continue reading

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The Musical Advocacy Project: Supporting Public Education and the Rights of Workers

So… sometimes my life seems to be cruising along pretty smoothly… and then something goes completely sideways. I am not particularly phased by this; it is one of the things that parenting a child with autism has gifted me. I am … Continue reading

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1…2…3… Magic!! Christy Clark needs a time out!!

87%… That is the result. I sit tonight on the brink of an abyss of sorts… and I stare into the darkness – with unknown demons on the move. It sounds like the setting for some cool video game that … Continue reading

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