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Jan 30, 2015

Topic - Anyone Can Change Our Lives.  When Maya Angelou died, I read one of her most powerful quotes. She cautioned us to be aware of how anyone, at any time, can change our lives.  

There’s a local homeless man who I regularly give a bit of cash to and one day, he badly needed a hat.  I asked my husband to find one....


Jan 29, 2015

Topic - Grades Are Not The Only Thing.  Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted, counts.  Einstein was a great observer of life.

Now, think about Brian’s grades.  Grades represent the work that is counted.

Unfortunately, the fact that Brian is a responsible guy who always does...


Jan 28, 2015

Topic - Reading to Toddlers.  Toddlers need to learn many new words so they can express themselves competently and learn to read.  

Vocabulary development in toddlers is critical.  They can learn new words and concepts from picture books.  

Photos are the best depiction of an object.  Cartoons will hold Sam’s...


Jan 27, 2015

Topic - Ask What, Not Why.  When you ask your child “Why?” they did something, you’re headed for trouble.  They go into “defense” mode and give you a “because” answer. 

Children and adults, for that matter, often don’t have insight into their motivations. 

Ask “what” instead.  “Why” focuses on...


Jan 26, 2015

Topic - Outgrowing Autism.  Can you outgrow autism?  Yes and no. 

The formal diagnosis may not apply if a person with autism receives early and intensive intervention that reduces their symptoms.  However, they’re likely to continue to outwardly manifest signs of the brain differences that caused the diagnosis in the...