Today I am Proud of my Autistic Son

lauranadine/ August 2, 2017/ autism, emotions, Rising Like the Phoenix/ 2 comments

Dear Phoenix, I have to tell you today about my son, Jacob.  After years of hard work, struggling with people telling him he would fail because of his autism, and many mistakes, he graduated high school.  He will be 17 on Friday. Like it?  I think his ideas for design are fascinating.  You can see more on his portfolio. Jacob’s

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Monday Grievances

lauranadine/ August 1, 2017/ autism, emotions, Rising Like the Phoenix/ 0 comments

Dear Phoenix, I’m filled with so much frustration over the way things are going for me lately that all of my carefully built filters are burning off.  I am finding it more and more difficult to keep quiet about the things others do that hinder progress, or create barriers.  I wanted to write to you about it today, but your

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The Story Behind River Oasis

lauranadine/ July 31, 2017/ autism, emotions, music, Rising Like the Phoenix/ 0 comments

Dear Phoenix, Did I ever tell you about why I wrote the shadow song, River Oasis? I struggle with knowing who my friends are.  People say they are my friends, but I sometimes get confused with the term friends. Everyone seems to have their own definition of what a friend is, so I just really never know, until a confirmation event.

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The Day I Was Wrong, and it was Fantastic.

lauranadine/ July 29, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Dear Phoenix, Presuming competence is the foundation for effective special education.  We can no longer build models based on repetitive behaviors, rewards, and exclusion.  Our lack of understanding as educators must be the curiosity incubator rather than the cage that causes us to recoil when our foundations and pedagogies are questioned.  We must evolve from the mindset of you must

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lauranadine/ July 29, 2017/ autism, Rising Like the Phoenix, Uncategorized/ 1 comments

Dear Phoenix, Vendergood.  It’s a real thing.  Sometime in the early 1900’s a rarely known man by the name of William James Sidis created a constructed language called Vendergood.  He combined Latin, Greek, French, German and other Romance languages to create his very own.  He had taught himself 8 languages.  He did this by the age of 9. Intelligence is

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How to Love without Anyone Noticing

lauranadine/ July 27, 2017/ autism, Rising Like the Phoenix/ 0 comments

Dear Phoenix, Yes, Autistic people have feelings of attraction.  I have had to learn how to funnel my feelings into socially acceptable actions, which is hard since societal definitions of how women should behave in manners of attraction vary so much between regions, political beliefs, and cultures.  My innate ideas of expression follow along more traditionally male accepted behaviour.  I

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Enough About Salad

lauranadine/ July 25, 2017/ autism, Rising Like the Phoenix/ 1 comments

Dear Phoenix, There seems to be this odd competitiveness among humans to be both better and worse than the other.  The self-help sections of bookstores have grown exponentially in the past decade as Who Moved My Cheese disciples sell their success strategies to otherwise mediocre people.  Self-diagnosing tests have created a Psychology section of books to what was traditionally an

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I’m Salad Too.

lauranadine/ July 24, 2017/ autism, Rising Like the Phoenix/ 0 comments

Dear Phoenix, Our Neurological profiles can be like the dressing on a salad; no matter what dressing you put on the salad, it is still a salad.  Finding individuality inside oneself is a lifelong journey as we perfect the recipe for our particular dressing.  No one strives to be a bland salad, though there are some salads I do not

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Walking Through My Dream

lauranadine/ July 23, 2017/ autism, Rising Like the Phoenix/ 0 comments

Dear Phoenix, I struggled most of my life with night terrors.  Frustrated and in a constantly declining state of health, I was put on Ritalin to help me manage my problem.  The theory was that if I managed my day stress and focus, my nights would occur more naturally.  The concept worked, but only for a short term.  During the

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