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  1. Time Left: 1 day and 6 hours

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    complete kit, excellent condition. $100 ppd

    $100.00

  2. thanks for that link, I've got a lot to think about and that sounds like a good place to start learning!
  3. So I don't know how to interpret the ballet school that her teacher went to, but it's super local and probably not what qualifies as a big name, but everything else you mention here is happening in her classes. The dress code, studio, proper form, etc. When I sit in on the class I'm hearing lots of form corrections exactly like what you're describing, plus a lot of straight legs, pointed toes, etc.
  4. How do you identify good or poor training if you have no training of your own?
  5. My 8 year old has been involved in a ballet ministry this year and we are starting to work on our budget for next school year and I had a question for those who are familiar with dance. We have two options: continue with the ballet ministry or join a christian dance company. The dance company would be classes once per week 45 min. (with larger classes) and the ministry would be twice per week 45 min. per (small class - probably 2 girls total). I don't know enough about dance to know which is better from a learning dancing perspective.
  6. nevermind, I figured out a direction to go!
  7. mamashark

    Barton 2

    Time Left: 3 days and 21 hours

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    Barton level 2... DOES NOT INCLUDE BOX. But includes ALL level 2 Tiles, teacher manual, student pages. Comes with VHS training videos.

    $50.00

  8. I am sorry for the drama. I'm taking a break for a while. Thanks for the advice ladies.
  9. I can understand that. I honestly have listened to talks before that were mixed helpful and unhelpful and this one, at least this week's talks, are all unhelpful. They were so focused on kids who are behavior problems because they are bored in class and how we need to ask their teachers to test them out of parts of the curriculum and let them do projects in the back of the classroom. And I see ADHD or even straight up gifted with asynchronous development being the main "quirk" that seems to be the focus. Guess I just see my asd kids as quirky, so I thought there would be more substance to
  10. I see your point. And yes, I love focusing on strengths, we often have discussions about what "our superpowers are" at the dinner table, since we all have areas we struggle and areas we excel. I suppose I was mistaking the point he was making to be only focusing on strengths and never work on deficits. If I had been able to see the entire interview maybe that would have been clearer. I agree, balance and moderation are important!
  11. The first video was on whether we should fix what's wrong or scale what's right with Jonathan Mooney who I don't know but he apparently wrote a book and is dyslexic. I'm kind of grumpy that you have to pay to watch the entire thing and it's honestly frustrating me because most of the conferences like this give you the whole interview but that's not the point of my post...he makes an interesting argument - a quote from his book was given: "I didn't have a disability, but experienced a disability in an environment that could not accommodate my differences" he then went on to say that "disability
  12. I've been watching mindwings webinars, and pondering how narrative language really fits into so much of life. A lot to digest, ponder, and figure out how to adjust. I'm also realizing how important self-regulation is to the process and putting that priority on top of our list each day. We've been working through the book Breathe Like A Bear by Kira Willey and everyone is loving it, especially when I bring my own interoceptive comments into the picture and make them all laugh! I also love how my son was able to tell me today that he's not looking forward to grandparents coming this w
  13. That's exactly where we are - we are working through the interoceptive curriculum and actually it was for anxiety and self-regulation that we ended up at the right office to have someone see the autism and evaluate for it. So those are our priorities, for sure. I was just thinking about narrative language as I processed the strengths and weaknesses and realizing how much her speech (communication) is impacted by narration rather than necessarily a speech delay (which she didn't have as a child - although she lost language between 15-18 months... her first words disappeared and then she gained
  14. Thanks, looks like that's a good next step for her.
  15. usually the narratives that are like scripts are when she expects to be in trouble. Anything else (even other what just happened or something I just read type stories) are disorganized. So emotion plays into it, but I wonder too, if she's maybe missing the connectors- cause and effect, or why she might be in trouble, and so she's replaying everything like a movie in her head. I do know that she is clueless when a sibling gets upset with her. She never knows why she upsets people and feels like a failure when as the oldest, she's the only one who can't "play right". So theory of the mind is a r
  16. May I jump in with a question? My 11 dd was just diagnosed with asd and it's making so many things click with her but I can't figure out where I am with narrative language. She has this mixed ability, and I need to think through what level she's realistically on, but when she's just telling us a story, it's usually confusing and requires multiple questions to get a sense of what she's talking about -- lots of disorganized language. But if she comes to us to explain why her younger brother is crying, she'll give us these painfully organized, detailed sentences telling us the specific action seq
  17. yes, I have her in several things that she can use to generalize - she has 3-4 activities for herself each week depending on the week, where she has to work for another adult, and be around other kids of various ages, and with 4 kids total, I've got my schedule carefully handled so that everyone can maintain emotional regulation... including mom!! 🙂
  18. The first was a psychologist - she screwed up the behavior assessment for my son and tried to get us to come for counseling for anxiety without reading all the paperwork she required us to fill out - we canceled our appointments when it became apparent that she wasn't willing to actually do as we asked and assess our son, and asked her to mail a report... 6 months later got the paperwork in the mail with asd diagnosis, lots of recommendations, but no level listed. I refused to go back to her, the whole thing was unprofessional and terribly handled. The second (current) is a psychiatric nu
  19. Yes, but my son is probably a level 2 also, and the psych report with the diagnosis (and no level listed) was enough (didn't need the full ados eval) for the insurance to cover all the speech, ot, and play therapy I asked for, including a few visits with a pediatric nutritionist. We also got medical assistance off of it... so the only thing I'd need a second opinion for is if this lady won't give me an actual report with diagnosis on it, which is what I'll need for medical assistance. Honestly, I have a lot more reading to do, but a social group might be the only service I look into at th
  20. ok, thanks, so I need to keep focused on the fact that the diagnosis helps ME and it helps my daughter. whether others understand or care to understand is irrelevant. I'm honestly even wondering if I need to share this diagnosis with many people, including grandparents. It'll depend on the situation. I had to laugh, because part of the email was a note that she would need substantial support in the public school setting, and I was like, uh huh, why do you think I'm homeschooling her? She wouldn't last a week in the public school and I knew that from when she was in Kindergarten! Now I jus
  21. Honestly, I have to agree that it is good news. It explains some things and helps me know better how to focus on her weaknesses and how to capitalize on her strengths. It's a bit of a brain game to switch from treatment for my 6 year old son and my 11 year old daughter, who have essentially the same diagnosis/severity level, but present so differently. Can you explain something to me though? The "early symptoms" of autism are SOOOOOO well advertised (toe walking, hand flapping, lack of eye contact, spinning the wheels on cars rather than playing with them, etc.) that I get a lot of confu
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