Open Letter to ASHA on RPM

12 June 2018 Dear Board of Directors, I am responding to the ASHA committee’s conclusions on FC, RPM and other typing forms of alternative communication. I am Autistic. I am also a music teacher, celebrating 25 years teaching this year, and a parent of an Autistic teen. My non-speaking students learn to play violin, viola, […]

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Response to ASHA on RPM

My initial, unedited thoughts on the ASHA statement release on RPM (Rapid Prompting Method) and FC.  There is more to come. My Initial Thoughts on ASHA's stance on RPM from Laura Nadine on Vimeo.

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My Spectacular Meltdown of 2018 and Why I’m Still an Alien

I’ve just had one of my most spectacular meltdowns.  As an adult on the spectrum, living independently and being a single parent, many people assume I have gotten past these types of hurdles.  Meltdowns, or breakdowns as some people call them, play in the minds of typical people as a behaviour associated with juvenile emotions, […]

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They’re right, I’m a Nothing?

Dear Phoenix, It took me 3 days to prepare myself to make that phone call.  Phone calls remain my one major test as a person with Autism, my Kobayashi Maru.  To most people, this sounds silly or trite, but for me it is real. For those of us who struggle with communication, the phone can be […]

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How to stop time

Dear Phoenix, Negativity is a foul disease that infects the air of adventure.  The information wars between those who push and those who seek are louder now, and it seems fear has its fingers on the volume dial.  Though the heat from your flames are scorching me, for the first time I find I am […]

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When Charity Taketh Away

How Autism Speaks stole income from working Autistic people This past week I presented at a conference in San Diego called Love and Autism.  The conference was put together by the amazing professionals at The Family Guidance and Therapy Center of Southern California. I have spoken at many conferences, but this one is the most […]

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Anger, Truth, and Comfort

Dear Phoenix, Sometimes I anger people, and even more so lately, but this does not bother me.  Anger is their poison, not mine.   I believe in the good of people, and that we get locked away inside ourselves because we want to be accepted more than we want to speak objective truths.  Since what […]

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Autism Disclosure Does Not Make Me a Target

Dear Phoenix, It is often that I hear from parents that they are afraid to disclose their child’s Autism because they make their child a target.  My first question is, why do people believe this? First, let me say what usually remains unsaid, Autism is only invisible from a selective point of view.  When onlookers […]

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Tonight, I am Playing the Shadow Songs for You

Instead of writing a letter to Phoenix, tonight, I will be taking my violin to the edge of the water to play shadow songs to the sunset. Inspired by a student who taught me of the Japanese concept “mono no aware”, the awareness of impermanence (mujō), or transience of things, and both a transient gentle sadness […]

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Collective Friendship

Dear Phoenix, Back in early 2015 I was working hard to grow past many of my limitations, and push myself towards my dream.  I wrote a script for one of my 5 minute positive takeaway videos, but never got a chance to make it.  Chasing a dream takes ample energy, and all of my resources. […]

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