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Evolve

External pressures can make us feel as though we will burst. Instead of fighting what you cannot change, evolve. Relax into the process and allow yourself to grow. The result will be different than your original intention, but still beautiful.
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EATS: How Behavior Works for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Every parent in the world has looked at their kid and wondered, "Why does she do that?" Part of the answer is that children think differently than adults. Their learning brains don't begin to develop reason until about age 12. A lot of the time, if you ask a child why they did something, their answer is, "I don't know." They don't. An impulse, a thought, just anything may strike them as a good idea. The next thing you know, your favorite figurine is broken because your kid wanted to see what happens if you throw it. Reasoning skills have an "if, then" relationship. It looks like this: If I th...
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Emotional Age for Aspergers

Aspergers, also known as High Functioning Autism (HFA), creates an uneven kind of development. Your kid's chronological age is based on their birthdays. Their physical growth is goverend by that age and their genetics. Cognitive growth, which uses perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning, may be age-level or ahead. You can see this kind of growth in how well they do in school subjects. They may be average to gifted. Emotional growth or maturity can lag behind. Your Asperger child can seem like a big contradiction. On the one hand, he or she may talk like a much older child and sometimes li...
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SPD

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a common problem for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Having SPD doesn't mean that your child is on the spectrum, but if your child has ASD, chances are very high that they have SPD. Testing your child's five sense may reveal that everything is in working order. Your child may not need glasses, hearing aids, etc. But they may have a breakdown in how the sensory information is sent to their brain. The brain may get the sensory input just fine, only to have difficulty sending the correct response to the body. Or, both issues may be present in you...
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Obstacles

Obstacles do not block the path. They are the path. Resilience building begins with reframing what you see. Life may feel hard, but it is also beautiful. Seeing those challenges as part of what builds your beautiful world creates peace.
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Asperger Parent Coaching

I have coaching openings for parents who have a child with Aspergers. Coaching can help you to become a better parent. My consultative skills can provide you with practical techniques from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), to help you with difficult issues. First coaching session is free.
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Failure vs. Learning

Success breeds success, but feeling like a failure can be paralyzing. So often, we see ourselves as failures even though we are succeeding in the learning process. Understanding how we learn can be life changing. Most people require five to seven repetitions of a skill or subject before they fully absorb it. Whether it’s how to use an Excel spreadsheet, adulting skills, or navigating in a new city, it takes time, repetition, and practice to truly comprehend a new skill. When we experience something new, a nerve cell in our brain, called a neuron, signals another neuron and sends the informat...
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#MeToo

You are not alone, a reminder to everyone in the #MeToo movement. None of us joined willingly. None of us wanted the harassment, the abuse, the rape. But together we do not have to be silent any longer. We do not have to be afraid. We believe each other.
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