Early Childhood Conference

My next speaking engagement is a lot closer to home. Click here for a readable format.

Application information for "UP Program"

The "UP Program" provides employment training and supports. The class size is small. The last two times this program was offered Spectrum Educational Services presented about the personal challenges of finding and keeping employment while managing life with a disability. Information about this program and other services Being Human Services offers can be found on their website.

ASDreams Year Six

ASDreams will begin its sixth year on September 21 at CORE Association. Current ASDreamers will receive a call for preregistration mid August with registration opening to new participants in late August. Click here for more information about ASDreams.

2015 Conventions: Presentation Links

Here are links for resources I referred to recently. The Social Thinking website has great information about key social thinking concepts and links to their materials. Advance OT created the Good Sense workshop which helps find the "Just Right" state for learning. If the funky tune "Keep Your Body in the Goup" is still playing in your head you can replay the video. You can find more of my son's music here. If there was a resource I've missed, please add it to the comments and I'll add it to this post.

Designed With Purpose

Recently I have been going through old photographs. I love looking at the ones where my children are wearing matching outfits that I constructed for them. I created them with intention. When they were finished I didn't say, "Oh look! Sewn fabric. I wonder what it is for?" I wanted two dresses and a vest and so I sewed. Purpose proceeded design.

God planned me. He had a purpose in mind for me before there was a me. I received my design. After all, I didn't make myself. I have the option to be thankful for how He made me.


What does God think of His handiwork? He thinks I'm wonderful. His thoughts about me are precious. He is thinking about me all the time. He loves me to my innermost being. That most certainly warrants my thanks.

When I renew my mind to this truth, being Autistic no longer gets in the way of me being me. The difficult parts of living with a social communication disorder are difficult. However, they are not wasted. God wove me together knowing I would have two children with Autism who would greatly benefit from a Mom who understands.

God knit each stitch of me knowing who would attend specific presentations. He knows which anecdotes from my life will relate to each workshop participant. He has a purpose for my experiences. He uses them so individuals may form a greater connection with Autistic people and expand supports for persons with Autism.

That is a purpose and design for which I choose to give thanks.

Reading is better, too!

Although not specifically about Autism, I created this for those who recharge their energy by spending time alone with a good book.