Tag - Autism


Language Processing

Over the course of the last month I have been doing some re-newed thinking on language processing. Nicole had us and I test out a processing exercise that she had created for some of her families. She wanted to be sure it would work so we were the guinea pigs. She gave us the easy …


Taking a Break

Taking a break is so critical for all of us. Many of the schools in this area will be starting their spring breaks tomorrow. Many others around the country have just had break or will have a break coming shortly. I have often thought about how spring break came to be, but after the many …



I think I may be on some type of theme for my blogs lately. I have been thinking a lot this week about decisions. Not only my own decisions that I have been facing this past week, but also the decisions that others around me have been faced with. Why is decision making so difficult? …


Remediation Works!

It has happened several times over the past month. I’ll have a parent say something to me about what their child with autism is doing and I begin to chuckle. The story will align perfectly with the developmental stage the family is working in. I don’t know why it surprises me every time, but I …


Springtime in Schools: Preparing for Individualized Education Plans

By: Courtney Wiersum The ice is beginning to melt, and springtime is just around the corner. For those of us who either work in schools or have a child in school, this usually means the beginning of the busy season we know as spring IEP time. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this …


Ensuring Success through Guided Participation

By: Michelle VanderHeide A little girl, about 1 year old, is standing next to a coffee table when she decides that she wants to step off and make an attempt at walking. She immediately falls to the ground. One of two things can happen at that point. A parent or caregiver can see this attempt, …


Autism and Education

When do we get away from recycling the same information and presenting it as new? I recently read an article in a prominent educator’s magazine that was talking about autism and mainstreaming. The point of the article was that early intervention and inclusion are the answer for children with autism. The article made it sound …


Popping or Kneeling?

Last night my husband read me a story from John Ortberg’s book “When the Game is Over It All Goes Back in the Box”. In this book , Ortberg shares two stories. The first is a group of young children all asked to play the game where everyone ties a balloon to their ankle and …


Reaping What We Sow

A farmer walked into the local supply store to buy corn seeds for the upcoming planting season. He wanted to grow the best corn crop he possibly could and he wanted them to come up quickly. The owner of the store directed him to the variety of available options and helped the farmer determine exactly …


A Sense of Community

I decided that I would blog about our bi-weekly on-line chats that we do with our current RDI families this week. I really enjoy doing this every few weeks. It gives me an opportunity to interact with several different families that I wouldn’t necessarily have the opportunity to chat with since I am not their …

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