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An essential oil for autism and more: Idaho Balsam Fir

Curt Linderman Sr.

YLEO4A’s Oil of the Week this week is Young living’s Idaho Balsam Fir. Traditionally used for muscular aches and pains, the warm aroma of balsam fir soothes and rejuvenates body and mind. 432 more words


What does physical restraint have to do with a “squeeze machine”? (Plenty!)

Forty years ago, when I was a young psychiatric technician working on an acute locked psychiatric inpatient unit, I came to realize that physically holding someone in a way that was safe, painless and effectively limited purposeful movement was ultimately reassuring and resulted in a rapid calming effect on patients who had been extremely excited and agitated just moments before.  1,069 more words


it's in a word: autistic vs. has autism

You may follow my blog and wonder why I say “(insert name) is autistic,” when you feel strongly it should be, “(insert name) has autism.” The second is described as being person-first language. 1,111 more words

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The Real Deal (A very long guest post by Debbie Downer)

Due to recent set backs the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.

I haven’t posted much in the last year.

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It's All Relative

By some miracle of fate, the laundry piles here on the red couch are minimal today, and I just checked CNN to see what was going on in our world.  1,287 more words


Living a Healthier Life: A Report by AbilityPath Provides Tips for “Finding Balance”

Written by Sheryl Young, Chief Executive Officer of Community Gatepath (Gatepath) and AbilityPath.org

New Year’s resolutions are easy to make, but hard to keep. According to a recent  741 more words

Community Gatepath

Autism is kicking my ass

Let me tell you something about myself and my parenting style. I’m lazy. I don’t like schedules, not a fan of routines. I hate mornings. I don’t put away laundry. 503 more words