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Special Needs Mini-Con

  1. 1. MINI CON Special Needs
  2. 2. Special Needs Speakers: Jen Lee Reeves // Born Just Right // @jenleereeves Kristina Chew // We Go With Him // @autismvox Shannon Des Roches Rosa // Squidalicious.com // @shannonrosa MINI CON
  3. 3. Special Needs Jen Lee Reeves // Born Just Right // @jenleereeves MINI CON
  4. 4. Special Needs Kristina Chew // We Go With Him// @autismvox MINI CON
  5. 5. 5 Ways Of Blogging About My Teenage (Soon To Be An Adult) Autistic Son • People hear “autism” and “disability” and think “I don’t want to hear about something bad and sad.” • How do I write honestly about life with Charlie while preserving and protecting his privacy and dignity? • Focus each blog post around a story of Charlie’s daily life • Keeping the big picture in mind.
  6. 6. 5 Ways Of Blogging About My Teenage (Soon To Be An Adult) Autistic Son • When I write a blog post, I seek to 1. write truthfully about a child with many challenges 2. show that life raising a child with a disability is tough, glorious and full of love.
  7. 7. 5 Ways of Blogging: Tragedy How do I write about my son when he just had another incident on the schoolbus? • Writing about difficult things or It’s the end of the world as we know it.
  8. 8. 5 Ways of Blogging: Victory Ode My son did something most people take for granted but it was HUGE for him.  Three days of birthday and then back to business.
  9. 9. 5 Ways of Blogging: Comedy My son does some really hilarious things – but when I write about them, I don’t want people to laugh at him but with him and us.  Sleeping with the garbage: Notes towards the autism comedy.
  10. 10. 5 Ways of Blogging: Lyric • Sometimes I just want to capture a moment about what life is like. •  City Child (Charlie at Rockefeller Center ca. 2006). •  Reaction to the Action (Charlie singing happy birthday to Gong Gong, June 2013).
  11. 11. 5 Ways of Blogging: Epic • Why I’ve kept blogging for 9 years. • Every singleadventure with Charlie adds up to one ongoing epic story.
  12. 12. Special Needs Shannon Des Roches Rosa // Squidalicious.com // // www.ThinkingAutismGuide.com // @shannonrosa MINI CON
  13. 13. Parenting & Presuming Competence • Why presuming competence matters • Investing in patience • Acceptance means understanding, not giving up • Learning to wear an emotional flak jacket in public