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Conscious Coaching with Suzi Lula

(With my teacher, Suzi Lula) I am a firm believer: I teach what I most need to learn. Even more so, I believe that GOOD COACHES, have great coaches. We are equally teaching and learning at the same time; equally comfortable in both a student AND teacher role. In other words, I can be humble […]

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Noah’s Ark

(Surrounded by LOVE) A few days after I graduated from UC Berkeley back in the late 90s, there was a freak rain storm and lots of flooding around the university. I was renting a basement apartment in a family home and awoke to sounds of trickling water and a trash can floating by my bed. […]

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A Trip to Disneyland

(Cotton Candy deliciousness) Last weekend, we took Arizona to Disneyland for the first time. We figured that now, at age 10, she would be able to handle the sensory stimuli from the park. We purchased tickets online and started prepping for the visit. Whenever doing something new, it’s important to plan ahead as much as […]

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Kahlil Gibran : On Children

(Bedtime cuddles with Arizona and Hendrix) On Valentine’s DAY – here is the perfect ODE to my baby girl. I couldn’t express it better than you,  Kahlil Gabrin. Thank YOU, Arizona Ray, for choosing me to be your mama … I will be forever blessed. ON THE CHILDREN, by Kahlil Gibran Your children are not […]

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We Rock The Spectrum : Gym for Kids

(Having fun at We Rock The Spectrum!) A few weeks ago, a friend who is also a special needs Mom, invited me and Arizona to join her daughter and herself at a gym in Santa Monica called We Rock The Spectrum. There are a bunch of locations around the country and continuing to expand. Arizona […]

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Spotlight : Swim Instructor Brianna Rhodes

(Lessons with Brianna) I first met Brianna years ago; before either of us were mothers. We became fast friends and continue to enjoy life together, now mostly with our kids in tow! Brianna has been a private swim instructor for over 20 years. She is also a trained behaviorist and has worked in various public […]

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Spotlight : Social Foundations – Summer Camp 2015

(Summer 2015) This summer marks the first time Arizona has had some real time off. For most of her school career, she has attended schools with ESY programs; keeping her occupied through the end of July. But this year, Arizona had a 2+ month stretch of ZERO schedule that we needed to account for, and […]

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Spotlight : Cheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center

(At a recent alumni event, Arizona with Head of School, Ellen Pearlman) Cheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center changed my life. It is the single most important intervention that Arizona has had to date. The program is a DIAMOND in the rough and unfortunately, the best kept secret in Los Angeles. If every child […]

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Spotlight : The Segerstrom Center of the Arts

(Arizona at a performance of Mary Poppins, for the 25 minutes we lasted!) The Segerstrom Center of the Arts located in Orange County (Southern California), has just announced that it will start offering sensory friendly versions of some of its Family Series performances during their 2015-2016 season. These performances were specifically created to accommodate children […]

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Spotlight : The Children’s Ranch Foundation

From time to time, I will highlight a program, resource or service in the special needs community that has become a great addition to our lives. This week, I will be sharing about a hidden gem here in Los Angeles – The Children’s Ranch Foundation, located in Atwater Village. The Children’s Ranch offers unique therapeutic […]

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