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Autism Awareness for Jack & Jill

(Telling our story) To close out this year’s Autism Awareness Month, Arizona and I did our very first tandem presentation + interactive discussion this past Saturday for Jack & Jill families (Los Angeles Chapter). A girlfriend of mine, who is chapter chair, started talking to me over a year ago about how amazing it would […]

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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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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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A Morning Routine

(Walking to School) Exercise has always been therapeutic to me. The benefits to my physical health have always been welcome, but the mood-boosting effects motivate me to keep a consistent routine. Mostly I take a barre class, but sometimes I swim or find myself in a hip hop class at a nearby dance studio. When […]

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A New School Year 2016

(Arizona and her new aide, Ms. Denise) It’s our 3rd year at the public school in our neighborhood and I still pinch myself that my commute is all of 3 minutes (driving) or 10 minutes (walking). It hasn’t been an easy road getting Arizona into a mainstream classroom with all of the support she needs, […]

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My Therapy : SELF LOVE

(Lots of LOVE!) As we wrap up the month of February with all of its hearts, roses and teddy bears, I am reminded of one of the most important practices I have added to my daily routine : affirming deep love for MYSELF. A few weeks ago I was sitting with Arizona while she was […]

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My Friend Kerrie

(In honor of National Margarita Day… we must oblige!) I first met Kerrie when our kids (Jack and Arizona) were 2 years old. They were both enrolled in a center based, therapeutic preschool called Step by Step back then. As luck would have it, Jack and Arizona followed each other to two more academic settings, […]

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My Therapy : Sharing My Story

“There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.” – Zora Neale Hurston I was riveted by a recent installment of stories about “sharing your story” in last month’s “O” magazine. I have always been drawn to writing; either for cathartic reasons or to reach an audience. Certainly, my blog has nurtured this […]

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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 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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