Autism

“Life, Animated” and the Power of Affinities

On my *10 hour* flight to London from San Francisco the other day, I took a break from my typical long-flight-snoozefest to watch “Life, Animated” (thank you, Virgin Atlantic, for your excellent array of movie choices!). I didn’t understand my former ABA co-workers’ excitement to see the film back when it previewed at a local… Continue reading “Life, Animated” and the Power of Affinities

School-based topics

Personalized Instruction: The Students, the Teachers, and the SLPs

I can’t stop thinking about this incredible book I just read, Kristina Rizga’s “Mission High: One School, How Experts Tried to Fail It, and the Students and Teachers Who Made It Triumph.” Rizga recently spent four years at Mission High School in the heart of San Francisco. She focused her time on getting to know the… Continue reading Personalized Instruction: The Students, the Teachers, and the SLPs

Emotional Regulation · Self-regulation

Getting into the GROWTH mindset

Papaya? Nope, don’t like it. Playing soccer? No way! I’ve got zero foot coordination. How about riding the world’s tallest roller coaster? You have fun with that! Papaya, playing soccer, and riding the world’s tallest roller coaster automatically trigger my fixed mindset — I *know* I don’t like these things, so I’m not going to… Continue reading Getting into the GROWTH mindset