Monthly Archives: May 2014

ENTHUSIASM, fifth essential. For Autism parents, for a good life

ENTHUSIASM, 5th essential, chapter 8 in Anat Baniel’s Kids Beyond Limits Wow, this chapter says a lot It’s like the magic spice to make the meal of your child’s improvement delectable Here’s the deal: It’s not jumping up and down … Continue reading

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Sad but true, sometimes OT and PT makes things worse

No one wants to hear this since to OT/ PT “help” is usually free, …. but I once had a wonderful little client, who had advanced from almost completely immobile to moving her arms and legs in exploratory fashion she … Continue reading

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For Autism, Subtlety, Chapter 7 from Anat Baniel

Subtlety: Essential 4, in the Anat Baniel book, Kids Beyond Limits Subtlety means, using less force. Less effort. Less noise. Less intensity. As always, this is about your child’s brain. And as always, this is about your chance to radically … Continue reading

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For Autism and Life: Do it Better, not “right”

Go for “better” not for “right,” it’s smarter, more fun, and much more effective I can do this. Once upon a time was madly in love with learning carpentry. Roof angles aren’t easy, and when you figure them out, and … Continue reading

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Essential 3: VARIATION, Anat Baniel’s Book, Kids Beyond Limit. Autism and all special needs kids benefit

Make no mistake about Mistakes, everything is food for learning: Anat Baniel, chapter 6: Variation We are going through, Monday by Monday, Anat Baniel’s brilliant book, Kids Beyond Limits. She starts with three chapters about unleashing brain plasticity and the … Continue reading

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Loving the Now, Excitement for the Future of your Autistic Child

acceptance for now , excitement for the possibilities I’m on the last chapter of Raun Kaufman’s, Autism Breakthrough. It’s about attitude. It’s about mindfulness. It’s about hope. He distills it like this: nonjudgmental acceptance of your child right now, exactly … Continue reading

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Stimming + Touch = Awareness and Awakening

Repetitive motion, good for ’em, and a suggestion One of the reasons, the child who recently had an intensive series of lessons made such amazing progress when she went back home was this. No more fighting  her stimming. In Autism … Continue reading

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Nine Gains from Nine Lessons over 5 days

I recently worked with a young girl for nine lessons over 5 days. She is 3 years old and on the Autistic spectrum, a delightful child who for a year had been taught that her stimming was something that needed … Continue reading

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Essential Two: SLOW, chapter 5 in Anat Baniel, Kids Beyond Limits

Essential #2 : Slow, From Kids Beyond Limits, by Anat Baniel Going fast, you can only do what you’ve already done Crazy, crazy, the way educators, be they in schools, or well meaning OTs and PTs with special needs kids … Continue reading

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Failure, Get Used to it as not failure

Ed Catmull, co founder of Pixar In a fear-based, failure-averse culture,  people will consciously or unconsciously avoid risk.  They will seek instead to repeat something safe  that’s been good enough in the past.    Their work will be derivative,  not … Continue reading

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