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Making a Difference

Yesterday Nicole blogged about participating in the miracle of remediation. Tonight I sit in front of my television watching American Idol in which they are spotlighting poor families from around the who are suffering or dieing from AIDS, starvation, Malaria etc… and they are asking for simple donations to make a difference in the lives …


Positive Thinking

I was thinking this morning on my drive to work that it was Thursday and my turn to post, but what to post? I decided it would just be a general post about the past week. This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity not only to spend the whole weekend with some of my …


It takes a village to raise a child

The next step for me was to work in the homes of children with autism. As an In Home Clinician I would develop schedules for the kids, work on life skill goals such as eating at the table, using the bathroom, cleaning up after finishing a task and so on, but every time I would …


212° Learning

If you read our blog regularly you may remember something Erin posted about a couple of months ago – at 211° water is hot, but at 212° it boils; that one degree makes all the difference. We have taken that concept and applied it to our instructional programs. This week in our blog we’re going …


Build it up!

Nicole did a beautiful job last night talking about elaborations. She took the standpoint of looking at the final elaboration and choosing prototypes to build competence incrementally in order to achieve success in the final activity. Another way to look at this is to take the activities you might be doing already and think about …


Break It On Down

We had a great chat tonight with some of our families about variations and elaborations. One of the best reminders that came out of it was that every activity can be broken down into component parts that allow you to build competence in increments. One parent mentioned that making a garden would be too complex …


How beautiful are you?

The saying goes “Do you ever stop to realize how beautiful you are and who the people are in your life that see your beauty? How about right now?” We all have beauty it is just a matter of what we deem beautiful. Some of us have surface beauty, some of us have inner beauty …


Larry King Live

I have to say that I was utterly depressed and very sad watching this show last night. It even caused me to talk to my t.v. (yes I know they can’t hear me). All of these parents and celebrities on there showing this grim picture of what autism is and what we should do to …


An Overflowing Heart (Emotion Sharing)

“When the heart overflows, it comes out through the mouth.” – African proverb I had the greatest emotion sharing moment ever at school yesterday. I have a group of two students with autism that come to see me two times each week. One of the students asked at our previous session if we could read …


Happy feeding!

So Sarah, Nicole and I are at a feeding conference today, tomorrow and Saturday. What a great experience so far. We are all really excited by how much it coincides with the philosophy of RDI. The technique is grounded in typical development which completely aligns with RDI. This program also requires participation by parents and …

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