Tag Archives: Special Education

Adding the I to IEP: H is at the table

There was another first for our 13-year-old this week. We worked with the wonderful team at H’s Distributed Learning School to update his Individual Education Plan (IEP) and for the first time ever H was there to take part. He … Continue reading

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Karla Fisher and Mark Robert Waldman on God… Big Ideas… the Brain and the connections to Autism

I like Ted Talks… and  I like Karla’s ASD Page on Facebook. When Karla was asking for perspectives on this Ted Talk by Mark Robert Waldman, well – that was a double whammy and much too much to resist! I … Continue reading

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Busy… Thinking about Perspectives

This past Friday I had the honour of speaking to my colleagues at the BCTELA (BC Teachers of English Language Arts) Provincial Conference. It was exciting to share my presentation entitled:  Perspective-Taking and Social Understanding Through Story: Literature based activities … Continue reading

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I am so OK with being wrong…

I am WRONG… rather often actually; I don’t know – what I don’t know – until I have found out – that I don’t know it… As convoluted as that may sound, it makes sense really. It is a relatively … Continue reading

Posted in Autism, being wrong, discomfort avoidance, good enough thinking, Handling Change, handling discomfort, Resiliency, Special Education | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Appreciate the Big Things: perhaps my shadow traits are showing

This week I am leaving my lovely spring dappled little town on the outskirts of Vancouver, Canada – and heading down to the icy cold of Northern Arizona. Yes! You read that correctly! In my little town, spring is no … Continue reading

Posted in acceptance, Arizona, ASD, Aspergers, Autism, Autistic Shadow Traits, Laura Nagle, NAzASA, Neurotypical, promote social understanding, Social cognition, Social Thinking, Teacher | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

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

Posted in acceptance, aproximating typical, Aspergers, Autism, fitting in, Parent, Positive self-talk, promote social understanding, Social cognition, Special Education, Teacher, the box, ToM (Theory of Mind), Who says I want to fit in? | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

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

Posted in Autism, BC Teachers Federation, Christy Clark, Diagnosis, Distributed Learning, Parent, Public Education, School Based Team Meetings, Special Education, Speech and Language Therapist, Teacher | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

I’m on Healthy Place TV!! A Guest Interview about Autism

I have had the amazing opportunity to be interviewed on  Healthy Place: America’s Mental Health Channel. The interview is in two parts… and… yes, of course it is on the topic of autism. I hope you enjoy it: http://www.livestream.com/healthyplace/video?clipId=pla_951de949-9b9f-4c95-b8dd-43e2676ba3db&utm_source=lslibrary&utm_medium=ui-thumb Thank … Continue reading

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Autism, Written Output, and Voice-to-text Technology: Dragon Dictate

This post was created during my first attempt at using Dragon Dictate for Mac (voice-to-text software technology) Today I am learning to use Dragon Dictate for Mac. This is pretty darn exciting. I can see the benefits of this programming … Continue reading

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❀ Someday… Teachers Supporting Diversity ❀

Last night I started a new adventure: I am part of the instructional team for a 2 year Graduate Field Studies Program for teachers who are pursuing a diploma in Supporting Diverse Learners at a major university here on the … Continue reading

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