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Opticians who use tinted lenses for people with autism


Community sml I had an email from an optometrist wanting to find out what tints I’ve found work best for autistic children. I replied: Read the rest of this entry »

Waking the world, one word at a time


Somewhere Out There sml sqr If you had a magic wand to make the world ‘a better place’ what would you wish for? Humans have a capacity to connect, to grow, to awaken, or to block, to defend, ignore. Often trying to get people to think, to question, to reflect or become aware only makes them more afraid of the deep, more determined to swim in the shallows, to dig in their heels and fight for the status quo no matter how unwell that may sometimes be. But what if all it took was ONE WORD… Sometimes less is more. Read the rest of this entry »

With people skills we could all live together


Emerald City 2 Its time we all learned people skills… Read the rest of this entry »

Chronic Fight Flight, PTSD & immune dysfunction


rainbowtree sml Chronic fight flight over taxes the immune system…. one struggles to regulate immune function…. viruses walk in…. Read the rest of this entry »

Growing up with domestic violence


domestic violence We think of domestic violence as something done by deranged men. But it is something done by everyday people. Sometimes the perpetrator is male, other times female. In our house, growing up, it was my father’s violence that snatched the headlines. My mother’s violence was considered ‘justified’. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Help End Homelessness


Tempest sml So you want to help end homelessness?

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Adoption, birth parents, and the other side of the window


Absent Friends sml Children who have been brought up away from psychopaths, pedophiles, addicts, and people who are seriously mentally ill have no imagination of what what their lives would have been had they not been adopted. The best thing an adoptive family can do is help them become aware of what being the abused child in one of those types of families is actually like. And there are enough walk-in-the-shoes books by abuse survivors that are accessible to young teenagers to safely and openly and collaboratively get this 101 by proxy. Read the rest of this entry »

Jackie Williams – a story of Identity Diffusion


jack8 My father was diverse. He was a lover of art, kind, responsible, generous, romantic, nostalgic and loyal. He was inspiring, colorful, creative, funny, silly, wild, manic and grandiose. He was childish, self pitying, pouty. He was deranged, perverse, immoral, dangerous. He was compulsive, conscientious, resilient and competitive. He was a father and a madman, a child and a maniac, a workaholic and a fighter, a gambler and a binge drinker, and he was Bacchus. Read the rest of this entry »

Mothers Day has Different Meanings To Us All


Such a sweet child, a dancing doll….
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Hemiplegia and autism fruit salad


donna aged 0.4 months old
“Hemiparesis is weakness of the entire left or right side of the body. Hemiplegia is its most severe form, complete paralysis of half of the body. Hemiparesis and hemiplegia can be caused by different medical conditions, including congenital causes, trauma, tumors, or most commonly by stroke.” from: Read the rest of this entry »

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