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Big Transitions: My Top 5 Tips

(A Big Change) A few months ago, the adult decision was made to sell our home. Brian (former husband, confidante + co-parent) and I made this decision together. At the forefront of our decision making was: what would be best for our family, and especially for our 12 year old daughter, Arizona. Here’s a fact: […]

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Self-Regulation & Movement

(Our make-shift obstacle course on the way to school!) In life in general but especially in the autism world, self-regulation is an important practice for adjusting and controlling emotions, behaviors and attention as it relates to change, transition, sensory overload and new and / or unexpected situations. I have learned so much by watching my […]

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FAPE: Free And Appropriate Public Education

(Walking to public school!) In light of the recent public school teacher strike here in Los Angeles, I felt a renewed sense of gratitude for the resources and support Arizona has received as a student with disabilities. Years ago, as I was trying to navigate and understand how best my child’s educational needs would be met, […]

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Giving Back: A Cheerful Helpers Event

  (Cheerful Helpers Alumni Association Presents: A Read-a-Long / Sing-A-Long!) I know I talk about Cheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center, A LOT. Perhaps it’s because we are still super involved with the school even though Arizona graduated 4 years ago. Maybe it’s because I still feel so supported by the community, and that […]

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Launching in 2019: An Online Course for Special Needs Families

  (Coming soon: 2019!) I am so ecstatic to announce the upcoming launch of my first online course: Life Management for Special Needs Families. This course will take families like mine on a 4-week journey in finding joy and balance in their lives. Even in our life’s work of advocating for and supporting our children […]

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Cheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center: An Alumni Tribute

(A visit to Cheerful Helpers Child & Study Center post-graduation) Every November, a group of alumni parents (and some older adult students who graduated years ago) come together for an “Alumni Night” with the current student families and staff. Alumni families have an opportunity to speak about their experiences at Cheerful Helpers and beyond; giving […]

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Autism Speaks : Into The Blue

(Me & Arizona, dressed in blue for Autism Speaks) There were a lot of firsts for Arizona this past Saturday night as she participated in the opening of the Autism Speaks annual gala held at downtown Los Angeles’ historic Union Station. I was reveling in that culminating moment, reflecting on just how far my 11 […]

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ATYPICAL

(Now streaming on Netflix) I’m often skeptical when I hear about tv and film projects that include the characterization of an individual with special needs. Certainly, it’s more prevalent these days, to include a character who’s either a little “off” or even clearly identified as being on the autism spectrum. But when hearing about an […]

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Planning for Special Needs Families

(Speaking at Bernstein Global Wealth Management Firm in Century City, CA : Planning for Special Needs Families) Last week, I had the honor to speak as a panelist on : Planning for Special Needs Families at Alliance Bernstein’s Los Angeles office. I joined Jim Huyck, Consultant and Advocate, Karen Park, Principal at Bernstein and Andrea Ross, […]

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What’s Wrong With Her?

(Shine bright, baby girl!) In the very early days of Arizona’s journey with doctor visits and assessments, it was  hard to explain to outsiders (family and close friends included) what exactly was going on with her. I was confused by the wide range of diagnostic terminology used to describe Arizona : auditory processing disorder, sensory […]

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