On the Horizon – 10/24/12

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Issue 202: The Little Engine that Could

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  • A Note from Nicole: Creating "Light Bulb" Moments
  • Feature Article:
    The Little Engine that Could
  • Ask the Horizons Team
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recommended Resources

Hi Everyone!

I’m back from a few days of speaking to groups of medical and school professionals in the Philadelphia area.  It was great to be back on the East Coast and to spend time with professionals who are interested in learning how best to support students and patients with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.  I love seeing the “light bulbs” come on for people as they think about how they can apply the information to various people on their caseloads!  I’ll be in Virginia next month if any of you in that area would like to attend (see information on the right about upcoming speaking events).

The feature article this week from Erin is about resilience and ways to persist in the face of challenges.  Great reminder about the need to keep going, even when we may feel like giving up!

Have a great rest of your week!

Looking to the horizon,

The Little Engine that Could

By Erin Roon, MA CCC-SLP

In the last few months, the idea of persistence and resiliency has continued to surface in many aspects of my life.  This brings to mind the classic children’s story The Little Engine that Could.  When the train was struggling to make it up the big hill, he didn’t give up; but repeated the phrase, “I think I can” until he made it to the top of the hill.  This is a great example of persistence and resiliency.  Sticking with something and trying again even in the face of failure.  So often it is just easier to give up, than to try again.  Unfortunately, we miss out on some great lessons when we choose to give up rather than continue to try. 

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Upcoming dates and locations where Nicole Beurkens, PhD will be speaking:

Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Practical Strategies to Improve Processing

November 14, 2012 in Winchester, Virginia

November 15, 2012 in Charlottesville Virginia

November 16, 2012 in Richmond, Virginia

February 6, 2013 in Bridgeport, CT

February 7, 2013 in Cromwell, CT

February 8, 2013 in Warwick, RI


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