Tag Archives: Milestones

A New Summer Camp
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More than a year ago, Julie, my daughter’s Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) case manager, suggested that I enroll Katie in a special needs summer camp at Camp Krem near a Boulder Creek. Unlike Katie’s beloved Exceptional Needs … Continue reading

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A String of Firsts
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Last weekend, I coordinated Poetry Day at the Alameda County Fair. (I know, who knew?) in the morning, I hosted an open mic for all the poets whose work was accepted and displayed at the Fair, plus in the afternoon, … Continue reading

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Katie Graduates
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Tomorrow my daughter Katie graduates from 8th grade. I honestly have no idea where the time went. It’s such a cliche, and yet, utterly on point. My brain keeps shouting: How did this happen?  It’s simply not possible. You have … Continue reading

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Turning the Corner
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Recently it feels that my daughter and I have turned a corner, crossed some invisible line. Partly this is due to Katie’s placement at Open Mind School (OMS) and partly due to our use of the rapid prompting method (RPM). … Continue reading

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Katie Turns 13
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I am now in possession of a teenager. Part of me has no idea how this happened, and the other part knows exactly how it happened. My daughter and I are thirteen years older than we were when we first … Continue reading

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What I Learned At My Book Launch
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Last Sunday I had my book release party at Swirl on the Square, a stylish local wine bar. I’ve never has a book published, so I’ve never has a release party. Or a book launch, for that matter. I had … Continue reading

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Release Party Scheduled for Across An Aqueous Moon
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After a year and a half of waiting, Finishing Line Press released my first book, Across An Aqueous Moon: Travels in Autism, last month. I am over the moon (no pun intended). I have scheduled a book release party (aka book … Continue reading

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The Upside of Puberty
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This fall, my daughter and I are entering new territory. After a year or so of nonstop growth, Katie is 5’1″ (or was in August when I last measured her. By now, she’s probably even taller.) She has outgrown girl’s … Continue reading

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What Happens at Camp Arroyo, Stays at Camp Arroyo, Year 2
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This year, my daughter didn’t just survive, but truly thrived at summer camp. Once again, Katie attended Camp Arroyo, which is where the Exceptional Needs Network (ENN) holds its summer camp for special needs children in conjunction with the Taylor … Continue reading

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Our Introduction to Rapid Prompting Method
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Remember when I said I needed to free my autistic daughter’s brain? (If you don’t, you can read that here. Don’t worry, we’ll wait.) Well, I think I’ve found the answer. Her name is Lenae Crandall and the technique is … Continue reading

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