On Day 1:
Doodle notes by a visual learner (or a fidgiter??) from my first day of Michelle Garcia Winner / Carol Gray presentation.
And another thought… doodling is a both a self-regulation and processing tool:
We stayed the night in town – as the ride back to the valley is grueling and circumstances allowed us to avoid it. Craig and I debriefed our learnings and reflections about the day – and also enjoyed a rare and quiet dinner alone. The evening view of the river from my parent’s place in New Westminster was spectacular.
On Day 2:
When I looked at the early morning view of the river (below) … in contrast to the night before, it had me contemplating perspective. Perspective is not just a question of place or point of view – it is also about time and context. I thought it was lovely to use images to illustrate that the same scene or situation can look very different from another perspective or in another context. Both of these images are the essentially the same view – of the Fraser River… and yet – they are so different. The morning light essentially hides details, like the bridge, but it brings focus to other things in the environment. This is a visual reminder that the perspective of my child – or others who experience the world differently – is just as valid as my perspective. It is all subjective – reality is subjective!!
This sometimes has me contemplating whether I might be the one with rigid or perhaps narrow ideas of what is expected… or how things should play out. The neuromajority may often be quick to say what we think is going on for those who process differently – or to make judgments about what is typical for them… and code them or stuff them into some kind of a box (figuratively) that meets our needs and makes us comfortable. Shine a light a different way – or wait a while – or look from a slightly different angle – and what we hold in the moment as a perfect or logical truth – may look very different indeed.
I had coffee and breakfast with Craig (hey get outta’ my cup) at this wonderful greasy spoon called The Big 6.
I love the dishwasher etching of thousands of washes evidenced on the cup and saucer!
And…yes… I was still playing with perspective! Apparently I wasn’t done. I need metaphor to make sense of my world and connect to experiences; my brain works like that.
I love this hallway – under the Vancouver Convention Centre. I’ll call it Reflection over Perspective!!
I completed my visual notes which are reflective of lots of thought around that moment between stimulus and response! I have long been fascinated by this place – or space… which has me contemplating pace. This place is also the key to how we think about our world… the moment of contact. It is the interface between the individual and the external world, and between our experience and our thoughts and feelings about ourselves and others.
We continually make choices about our interpretations, inferences, assumptions, and reactions. We need to encourage self-understanding for ourselves and our children (or students) about the connection between what we do in the moment and its resonant effect. The way we respond or react to stress, or to our students, or to our children, or to other adults – reverberates after that moment… and has vast effect as it resonates and is carried with us and others on our journey.
This moment is powerful – and more than itself – more than a moment! It has the power and ability to continually exist in someone else’s present tense… Choice lives there!!
30 Days of Autism is a project designed to fight stigma, promote civil rights, and increase understanding and acceptance for those who process and experience the world differently.
© Leah Kelley, Thirty Days of Autism, (2012)