Tag Archives: Anxiety

Struggles With Anxiety
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I recently read somewhere that the average person living with autism spectrum disorder suffers levels of anxiety that would cripple any of us neuro-typicals. On any given day, they experience exceedingly high levels of anxiety. Every day, all day, tremendous … Continue reading

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Storm Clouds on the Horizon
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My daughter’s interim in-home school program has finally begun. Although we can’t call it school because the word causes Katie to have an extended anxiety attack. Despite more than a six-week break, she continues to obsess about not returning to … Continue reading

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Hello Middle School–An Update
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My daughter Katie has been in middle school a little over a week. I am happy to report that despite my initial fears, things appear to be working out. She had a great first day. A great first week, in … Continue reading

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Hello Middle School
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This week Katie started 6th grade. My daughter is in middle school. How did that happen? I know it’s a cliche, but time is simply flying by, galloping forward and gaining speed. My baby is no longer my baby, or … Continue reading

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What Happens at Camp Arroyo Stays at Camp Arroyo
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Katie survived summer camp. She had fun but I suspect it was rougher than outdoor education camp last fall. Which is strange because they had no sensory tools at outdoor ed. At Camp Arroyo, which is where the Exceptional Needs … Continue reading

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Camp Loma Mar, Part 1
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Last week my daughter Katie went to outdoor education camp with her 5th grade classmates. Such a simple statement. But for a child with autism, nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Camp Loma Mar was no exception. … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Meltdown, Part 1
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While I’ve been busy launching Autism A to Z and the Whistlestop Writers Open Mic, some of my friends have been tackling their own exciting projects. Sharon, for example, has long had a dream to build a labyrinth and lead … Continue reading

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The Link Between Vulnerabilty and Creativity
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Welcome to another Tuesday with TED. Today we have Dr. Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work where she has spent the past ten years studying courage, shame, and authenticity. Brené states that … Continue reading

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To This Day … For The Bullied and Beautiful
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Welcome to another Tuesday with TED. This week we have spoken word poet, author, and performer Shane Koyczan. By turn hilarious and haunting, Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it’s like to be young and … different. To … Continue reading

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Separation Anxiety–An Update
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I will admit that when I first thought about starting a blog, my thinking was more along the lines of “I should write a blog” than “wow, I can’t wait to do this!” I knew I needed a blog to … Continue reading

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