Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

The best advice I can give is to recommend that you make sure you understand how any particular treatment is meant to work. If a treatment doesn’t make sense, sounds like a fad diet or sounds too good to be true, ask for clarification and evidence of it's effectiveness and don’t be afraid to do some research on it yourself. Don't sign up to or pay for anything until you have looked into it further.

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Strategies: Communication and Behaviour By Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

Strategies: Communication and Behaviour By Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara I started this blog 6 months ago. Over that time the way I write has changed. I decided to look though […]

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Shame and the Unwanted Identity by Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

"…I do not exist without autism, neither do my boys. The way my brain thinks is who I am and autism is the way my brain thinks…."

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On “Doin’ Time” and Learning to Fly (Part I of the “Padded Room” Situation)

On “Doin’ Time” and Learning to Fly (Part 1 of the “Padded Room Situation) Note: This is one of those posts that I hesitate to write in a public space, […]

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Autism and Sensitivity, By Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

After writing my last post on autism stigma and Autism Speaks and commenting on the posts of others on the same topic, I began to feel anxious, depressed, faint and nauseous. These are feelings that I am accustomed to having before, during and after many social interactions in person and online, whenever they extend past pleasantries and into the murky territory of feelings…

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Be True Little One

"…To sit and rock,
With racing mind,
How to unlock,
How to find.
What is the key,
To open his soul,
What would we see,.."

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The Stigma of Parenting by Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

Advice is wonderful; pick and choose which strategies you and your family feels most comfortable with but avoid sources of advice that suggest that their way is the best way for everyone and/or that you will be a ‘bad’ parent or ‘practice bad parenting’ if you choose to do things differently.
There is no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ parenting, just different parenting styles and different choices by different parents under different circumstances for different children.

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Commencing Operation SuperMoon

Just a friendly reminder from your friends here at http://www.MyPuzzlingPiece.Com that this weekend we will celebrating* a “SuperMoon.” Yup. It’s baaaaaaaaack. Sure, laugh at me. Call me a lunatic (which […]

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An Analysis of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy, By Guest Blogger Jenn Dirks, Author of Emelie’s Voice

There is a lot of discussion out there about ABA Therapy. I often get asked my views on it and whether or not we used it with Emelie. Both of those questions lead to some complicated answers. So, I thought, I’d address it and spend more time on it.

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I Like People by Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

I Like People by Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara I like people. Liking people doesn’t mean that I won’t disagree with a person’s opinion or dislike some of their choices. For me, liking someone […]

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