25 05, 2017

Making a safe descent into the school year’s end

You are finally here - home stretch. Summer looms in the near future. Dreams of relaxation, family, and adventure propel you forward. But, there is still work to do...and your energy....is... waning...exhaustion sets in as the last leg of the marathon lies ahead. Nerves frayed. Patience weakening.  Field trips and year end activities wreak havoc on schedules.  Year-end assessments, report cards, unit completion - so much to do to bring the school year to a close in spite of dwindling inner resources. And then - there are the kids we teach; lethargy has set in for some and for others, a constant state of antsiness shapes their school day.  Other 'shiny objects' grab their attention - prom, parties, sports, sunshine, sleep, the great outdoors. Anything but, academics and education. Like us, our students are becoming unglued. Students with autism are no different.  Well, actually, that's not completely true. They experience

4 05, 2017

What’s your scale saying to you?

Oh good! You're back! I was hoping I could entice you to step on me again today! You're staring at me. So many self-judgments racing through your mind, I see. Thoughts of self-disgust threaten your self-worth. I cannot help but giggle as you strip down so as to influence the number I render. It's so easy to toy with your emotions. Yesterday you were gleeful with the number I showed you. Today, your inner frustration spills out of your mouth as you curse at me. Oh how I love the way I control so much of your life.  Your thoughts about yourself, your mood, the exercise you do and even the food you eat are controlled by me. The power is addictive! I toy with you like a puppet on the string. If I raise the number by so much as a half a pound, your face makes your thoughts transparent.  WAIT. What