Tag Archives: Transitions

The Myth of “Just Words”
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Hate. American chose hate. I am still grappling with this outcome, still feel as if one day I will wake from a bad dream. Except this isn’t a dream. Donald Trump has just been inaugurated so our collective nightmare won’t … Continue reading

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School Update #1
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Four weeks ago, my daughter started at Open Mind School. So far, it’s been terrific, and every day I am more convinced that I made the correct decision when I placed Katie there. Here’s the message that I received after … Continue reading

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What’s the Problem?
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Sometimes I wonder, is the problem me? Other parents have special education horror stories, but no one has twisted tales of terror like mine and my daughter’s. Am I a bad parent? A poor advocate? But no, I have moved … Continue reading

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The Waiting is (Almost) Over–An Update
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I am tremendously happy to share that next week my daughter will begin attending the fabulous Open Mind School (OMS). This innovative private school, located in Redwood Shores, uses technology and rapid prompting method (RPM) to teach children with various … Continue reading

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The Waiting Is (Almost) Over
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Last Friday turned out to be a RED LETTER DAY in my crazy, unplanned life. First, my poetry collection, Across An Aqueous Moon: Travels in Autism, was finalized and sent to the printer. It should be ready to ship in … Continue reading

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Running Out of Time and Options
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I am now in a place that I’d hoped at all cost to avoid. There is no available space in any of the five non-public schools (NPS) focused on autism spectrum disorder that I visited. Nothing. We have been waiting … Continue reading

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The Dark Before Dawn
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I hate it when I’m right. At least about stuff like this. My daughter is in full out behavioral free fall. Every negative thing she has ever done is being resurrected before my eyes, and I’m powerless to stop it … 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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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
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My twelve-year-old daughter has been out of school for over five weeks. Katie is loving her extended vacation but I’m frazzled and depleted. Thank goodness that I have Nate in my life. He’s been doing a tremendous amount of sitting … Continue reading

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It’s Always Something
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This past fall my daughter transferred back into our home school district. It’s a place that for whatever reason seems unable or unwilling to meet Katie’s needs. So now both she and I are in the throes of yet another … Continue reading

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