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Become A Mentor

In a small condo outside Disneyland, an Indian man I’d just met urged my son, my husband and I to eat the yogurt, lentils and hot naan bread his wife had prepared. Her long skirts swished as she served us, … Continue reading

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I Believe I Can Do Anything: Up to my graduation … and beyond

It is a lot easier said than done when I say I graduated from high school. It took some real hard work, a lot of patience, a great team of people, and a great amount of determination from my part … Continue reading

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Rewards of Friendship

Friendship is a truly wonderful thing: a unique blend of affection, loyalty, love, respect, trust, and loads of fun. Isn’t this something we all strive for? Sadly, children with autism are either unable to or struggle to develop these deep, … Continue reading

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Peer Pals

Day after day in the summer heat, Kara assumes the responsibility of painting face after face of the students with autism. Never stopping, she continues until every child has had the opportunity to participate. The children, engrossed in watching the … Continue reading

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Welcome To The RUGROOM

Working as a freelance SEN (special education needs) consultant in Norfolk, I am in and out of mainstream schools. I advise on adapting the curriculum, teaching styles, timetables, and classroom layout, in order to maximize the learning potential of children … Continue reading

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Home From Home Care: Created By Parents to Make a Difference

In June 1979, Paul and Ann de Savary were elated by the birth of their daughter, Laura, but when she was 6 months old, their world was shattered by the devastating news no parent wants to hear: Your daughter is … Continue reading

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Creating Successful Opportunities in School and at Home for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders − the Smallest Details Make the Biggest Difference

Probably the biggest change we experienced as a family with a special needs son was puberty. With puberty and adolescence came more passive-aggressive behaviors. With age came strength. Now, put the two together, and you have more aggression, whether shown … Continue reading

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Unlock Autism

In my mind’s eye, I see my little boy standing in a shower stall of sorts – this strange chamber where he is trapped behind a hazy glass barrier. I can see his silhouette and he can see mine. Both … Continue reading

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In the Eye of the Beholder

It is often said that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and, despite my son’s autism, it is a stretch for me to see him as anything other than “beautiful”. I recall one particular occasion when it was … Continue reading

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Take It to the Cross

Everyone has their own journey, their own story, and their own way of coping. For me, my faith has given me strength in the dark times. Even so, there are moments when a haunting voice inside my head says to me, “Vicki, other children have recovered from autism on a fraction of the interventions Nathan has had. This is his destiny. This is your destiny. This is the destiny of your husband and your daughter. AUTISM RULES.” Continue reading

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