Carly Fleischman’s recommendations

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A young Canadian girl with autism has found her voice through the computer and assistive technology, once again illustrating the axiom that when you’ve met one individual with autism, you’ve met one individual with autism.  Her story provides support as we continue to expand our understanding and look for ways to work with the students and parents in Westwind diagnosed as on the autistic spectrum to achieve their potential in an inclusive education environment. Below is one sample story from the media section of Carly’s blog.

Carly maintains, with the assistance of her family an online blog. Her recommends page provides links and information on a number of apps that have provided some support on computer and IPad in her quest to communicate.

Anxiety and Stress for students and….

Anxious. We most often associate being anxious with negative connotations in the family of conversation around worried, stressed, uneasy, apprehensive and fearful.  In fact a quick check of the synonyms provides a list of 10 words and only one, eager, might be considered as a positive emotional response. We know that students, teachers, and parents can all experience the emotional spectrum associated with anxiety to some degree but for some of our students anxiety and stress “attacks” are debilitating and play a significant role in their efforts to get to school and learn.

Anxiety BC Youth has created a fairly comprehensive website with videos, links, and suggestions for students who are stressing out, experiencing panic attacks, and generally struggling to experience the positive aspects of being anxiously engaged. Students, teachers, parents, and counselors can find interesting stories and support strategies on the site.