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Friday
Jul052013

Engaging Crises of Accountability in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Community

Across autism circles, the cry for increased accountability is frequently heard, and justifiably so. These calls for accountability to meet the needs of children with ASD are common and widespread. However, there are frequent misunderstandings and re-directions (both out of ignorance and deliberate manipulation) which either result in decreased and distorted accountability. However, there can be no responsibility without the ability respond, and no accountability without the ability to account. This paper proposes an accountability framework, which offers important tools for generating insights about accountability crises. Practical application tools are provided for resolving many of the common conflicts of accountability, common within the ASD Community.

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Tuesday
Jun112013

Good News For Anybody with a Brain: We Can Change Our Brains and Our Lives!

Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change itself. It used to be thought that the brain’s structures and functioning were relatively unchangeable, such that individuals’ potential and lives were limited by their current brain functioning. Scientifically, we now better understand more about the brain, and how its structures and connections change through neuroplasticity. These natural processes occur throughout the lifespan, and can be directed through our actions, experiences, and emotions. Conditions that have been labeled as ‘permanent neurological disorders’, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, can now be addressed and remediated.

One of many books on this topic is The Brain That Changed Itself, by Norman Doidge, M.D.

This book has inspired a video of the same name by David Suzuki and the Nature of Things, which can be viewed online, here: http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/natureofthings/2008/brainchangesitself/

What wonderful brains we have! What are you doing for your wonderful brain today?

Cheers, Kierstin

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