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Attempting to Understand the Wild World of Psychology

In class this week we had to read this article by: Briley Proctor and Frances Prevatt

As I attempt to understand the crazy world of diagnosing….. learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism…. I am always amazed at what a new science psychology is. Psychologists attempt to understand the human mind, connecting emotions, feelings, learning, and how it affects behaviors and responses. Easy…Right!? ha

In the article it stated how it is difficult it is to find a clear definition of what  intelligence is and what exactly is a  learning disability?  LD= is it a mixture of   intelligence level, academic failure, processing deficits, and neurological impairments? Check this article out for your self! What do ya think?

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Photos that make me smile

Cuddle up with a good movie

I saw Adam when it first came out, and re-watched it the other night. Its such an inspirational movie…one of those make ya laugh and cry kinda movies. I thought it did a wonderful job at explaining how a person with Aspergers deals with the complicated world of living with “nero-typical” people .

Adam: I can see that you’re upset but I don’t know what to do

Beth: Could you give me a hug?

Adam: Yes. *stands still*

Beth: Adam, I would like you to give me a hug

Adam: Okay *smiles adorably*


One of the many wonderful things I have found while working with people who have Aspergers, is their honesty, genuineness, and tell it like it is personality.


Welcome to Holland


By: Emily Perl Kingsley

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this……

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland.”

“Holland?!?” you say. “What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.”

But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around…. and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills….and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy… and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away… because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

But… if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things … about Holland.


Congrats to Miss Montana


Congratulations Miss Montana  for not only achieving her title, being extremely talented,  but also being the first ever constant to compete who has been diagnosed autism. This is truly wonderful, Cant wait to watch the pageant tonight, no matter what the outcome is… She has inspired people everywhere to not give up and achieve your dreams. 


“Don’t Blame Autism for Newtown”

The devastation that happen in Newtown is difficult to grasp and even hard to understand?!  I have been asked many times my opinion on the recent tragedy that happen in newton. I think this article did an amazing job at explaining what autism is and the characteristics that some people with autism have. Especially how important it is for everyone to become educated before they start making assumptions. 

“This country needs to develop a better understanding of the complexities of various conditions and respect for the profound individuality of its children. We need to emphasize that being introverted doesn’t mean one has a developmental disorder, that a developmental disorder is not the same thing as a mental illness, and that most mental illnesses do not increase a person’s tendency toward outward-directed violence.”



Inspirational movie


Bullying is becoming worse and worse. Unfortunately  people who have  developmental disabilities are at a higher risk for being bullied.  How do we stop this? What are some solutions? We all remember what middle school and high school were like. No matter if you are president of the math club, the star football player, or a fly on the wall. No one wants to be bullied and everyone is trying to get outta high school alive.

There has been an increasing amount of focus and attention on bullying. A recent movie came out showing the reality of what life is like for some children.  http://thebullyproject.com/

I am currently working as a psychology extern at a hospital who primarily serves children with developmental disabilities. I have seen more and more children who are getting bullied at school. The million dollar questions are…

Is the amount of bullying increasing?

Has all the attention on the problem, created a platform for children to speak out against this injustice?

Is the internet creating a platform that makes it easier  to cyber bully…. increasing the rate at which kids are becoming victims?

Feels like the chicken or egg debate.. But whatever the case is….Children need our help to stop this cycle.

The bully needs just as much love and care as the child who is being bullied. Creating awareness is the first step which I believe the media is starting to create. My mom use to always tell me…

“Honey people who are mean do not feel good about them selves, there is always something deeper going on that we can not see”.

When I was little I did not fully understand this concept, and it for sure was not a quick fix to help the girls from being mean to me… But it did help me have compassion for people instead of anger. If we apply this idea to bullies, then they must be feeling VERY poorly about them-self, it is a cry out for help. Lets help our children, friends, neighbors, and family members who are being affected by this.





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