Tag Archives: RDI

E is for Episodic Memory

A decreased reliance on episodic memory is one of the core deficits of autism, as defined by Steven Gutstein of RDI.  Episodic memory refers to autobiographical memory, or more colloquially, personal memory.  Kids on the autism spectrum have a natural … Continue reading

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C is for CarWash

It’s the latest in a long string of “special”, “unusual”, or “narrow” interests, as they are called when in reference to children on the autism spectrum.   Others may even call them “obsessions”.  Whatever words you use to describe a focused … Continue reading

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A is for Autism

I’ve been inspired.  A friend just started a blog using the ‘ol ABC writing prompt trick.  Her posts are short and sweet.  And frequent.  Not too frequent, but way more regular than mine lately.  Like many things go, writing begets … Continue reading

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December Beach

A few weeks back we took a trip to Jacksonville, FL to meet with our RDI consultant for a re-evaluation and program update for Ben.   We usually stay for a few days at the Navy Lodge at US Naval Station … Continue reading

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Cowboy Number Two

For the last few months we’ve had a second cowboy in the house. Will began taking riding lessons during Ben’s lesson at Enchanted Acres with Ms. Trish back in August.  He really really enjoys it and loves his lesson horse, … Continue reading

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Funny Things: A Ben Update

I have been terrible about updating this blog.  You can blame Facebook, if you’d like.  It’s a pretty good scapegoat for most of my inadequacies lately.  This isn’t really even a “real” blog entry.  It’s an excerpt from an email … Continue reading

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Lesson 3: He rides solo!

Here’s Ben at his THIRD therapeutic horse back riding lesson, riding atop Spot BY HIMSELF.  Ben continues to surprise us all with his ever-expanding comfort with Spot.  This is Ben tacking his horse.  He is pulling the girth strap tight … Continue reading

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I Gallop!

Ben’s first horseback riding lesson was today.  Enchanted Acres Equestrian Center and the lovely Miss Kelly and Miss Shelli offer wonderful individually tailored lessons for “exceptional” riders on Sundays.  This is a different center than the one Ben visited with … Continue reading

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More on Casey

We’re over the moon about Casey, the Wonder Dog.  She really is just a fantastic addition to our family.   We always knew we’d have a family dog, but we were waiting for the ‘right time’.  When Mark was serving in … Continue reading

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Birth of a Reader

It’s official.  Ben is a reader. The code has been cracked.  The letter shapes have meaning beyond their names.  Beyond their “sounds”.  The clumps of letters have significance.  They make words!  And the order of the letters in the words … Continue reading

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