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Hi! I am a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Local Assistive Technology Specialist that has been working in the public school system for over 15 years! I work with all ages and encounter a cornucopia of labels on a regular basis. It's a good thing that I never buy a label or a diagnosis! Otherwise I might not have seen the magic that was right before my eyes!
The one thing I do continually is... I keep asking questions. What's right about Autism, Dyslexia, etc. that we are not getting? What have we misidentified as ADD, ADHD, OCD, etc? What if these are actually talents and abilities?
Would it change the way kids view themselves if no one labeled them as disabled?
What if these kids being labeled are simply getting information in a different way?
The way they receive information is spherical. Where they access this information is way, way out. It is not linear! This is a fundamental difference and must be made clear, it is NOT a wrongness, disease, or disability!
Children with ADD, ADHD, "On the spectrum" etc., don't follow the lines. They create in a completely new way. Somersaulting and tumbling like butterflies they are able to go from point a to point b, p back to c, up and down and back to z. There is an immense joy, a dancing joy, in how they create, moving constantly.
In this spherical realm of accessing information they are as big as the ocean. When asked to focus or pay attention, so they can give the "right" answer, they are being asked to put themselves in this tiny little box. It is like asking the ocean to shrink itself into a thimble when what they perceive and are aware of are so many possibilities!
How easy is it to create from this tiny little limited place that requires just one answer? Is it possible for them to create with ease in this environment?
In essence this approach becomes the death of all their awareness and the creation of their reality, and destroys their ability to access the information they already know.
I specialize in bridging these amazing beings' realities and the realities of school and home that require them to be functional. I am able to translate and navigate their realities assisting parents, caregivers, and educators in connecting and understanding them. I empower kids to know that they know!
Using easy tools, verbal processing, and bodywork I facilitate space for the "labeled" person and those people that interact with them decreasing outbursts, increasing communication, and creating more ease in everyone's day to day life.
I invite you to look from another place. I invite you to come and play as we explore greater possibilities.
What can we generate together? What can contribute to us? What do these children have for us?
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