Tag Archives: Autism

Free To Choose

Greetings, I hope all is well in your world. I’ve been supper busy!

The school year started with my son going to back to the school building. He was doing well for a moment, but, the stimulus and anxiety was too much for him to manage. He had great days and stressful days. He is managing mental health and physical health challenges. I’ve picked up my Learning Coach hat once again so that we can complete 8th grade.

As if being a teen isn’t enough to cause anxiety, children on the ASD spectrum struggle with an heighten sensibility. My son will be  participating in group sessions 30 minutes a day with a teacher and 3- 5 other students. Even though he is in the comfort of his home, the anxiety of being in a study setting with other students causes anxiety. His teacher told me that the groups are always small because, of course, all of the students are suffering from the same anxiety.

We are grateful for the freedom to choose this educational option.

What freedoms are you choosing in  your life? Sometimes it may feel like we have no choices. It is easy to get trapped in life patterns; making choices based on society and culture. In order to see the freedoms you have and the unique choices you can make, you must make an effort to investigate your desires, dreams and distant hopes.

Make today count! Explore your freedom and choices.

Chat with you soon,

Renee

 

I’m a Mother, Wife, and Learning Coach?

In my life time, I’ve held many titles, now I am thrilled to add Learning Coach. In a previous blog I shared with you about my son who has Autism and about our exciting journey in life.

We’ve taken a new turn onto Home Schooling Avenue. We have jumped on and off of Main Street so many times, till taking this detour doesn’t seem strange or out of sorts for us.

My 13 year old, who loves Pokemon, Lego and video games is like most boys his age, except for health issues that have made us yield his education and sometimes his health has brought us to a complete stop!

This adventure is proving to be the most exciting yet. We are part of Great Lakes Cyber Academy and for the first time since DeAndre started his educational career he is enjoying learning. His program was created based on his IEP with us focusing on Math, Language Arts, and  Health and Physical Education. Our desire to home school was based on health challenges and my personal desire to know what type of education he was receiving.

The numbers show we are not alone.

Homeschool Demographics 2016

Chart Courtesy of: http://a2zhomeschooling.com/thoughts_opinions_home_school/numbers_homeschooled_students/

Three percent of American students — about 1.5 million children — are home schooled, according to the 2012 Statistical Abstract recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

As parents, we only have one time to prepare our children for adulthood. I, along with others, feel that this investment and at times sacrifice is critical for success.

What are your thoughts?

Chat with you soon,

Renee

The Journey of Freelance Writing

Cover of "The Journey"
Cover of The Journey

Writing has always been who I am as far back as I can remember.  As a child I had several diaries  with exciting stories of what I hoped to accomplished; accounts of reoccurring nightmares that plagued me for years;  blow-by-blow details of how I felt and viewed situations that were happening in my life and around me.   I discovered there is always something to write about.  When I opened my eyes, I discovered words in magazines, newspapers, sales papers, advertisements, websites, and the list goes on.  I began to see how I could become a part of this world were words are used to inform, delight, analyze, create, research and present.

In the blogs to follow you will see me focus more on my passions in life.  I will share tips on how to parent a child with autism spectrum disorder and how to use writing as a tool to heal from past hurts. In collaboration with my partner, my sister, Tisha we will also blog about tips to prepare students for their educational journey.  Finally, we will dive into life for women behind bars; what it means to be separated from children and love ones; and life after incarcerated.   Your feedback is always welcome and we look forward to future conversations with you.

Celebrating Life,

Renee

Why Do You Choose to Write?

Pencil
Pencil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a story to be told.  It has been building over the last few months . . . the characters are coming to life and the plot is unfolding.

I have a wonderful recipe for dinner rolls to share.  It was handed down by my grandmother.  Perhaps a book of recipes is in my future.

My writers’ group met last Saturday and wow what a session it was.  The opportunity to build relationships with other writers is so important because of the support received.  I never feel alone being a part of this community.

When my son was diagnosed with autism, I decided to learn all I can.  I wrote an article, “Autism and Animation:  3 Tips to Engage Your Child” (http://voices.yahoo.com/autism-animation-3-tips-engage-10192509.html?cat=70 .)  A writer must be willing to learn.

Reading and writing in a quiet space . . . with jazz softly streaming through the room . . . releases stress, makes me happy, and fulfills my creative need.   Every day I strive toward my goal of healthy living.  It is important to develop a ritual, something that makes a writer feel comfortable or safe while writing.

Why do I choose to write?  I choose to write to tell stories, share information, build relationships, acquire new knowledge, and to meet my goal of health living!

Why do you choose to write?  Please leave a comment.