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Nathan sits mostly. He has a history of epilepsy, “un-testable intelligence” and no movement from the waist down. He doesn’t lift his head to give eye contact or move unless commanded to do so. His vision is limited. He is incapable of speaking and is totally deaf. The world inside Nathan is a mystery. That is until camp happened. Nathan was twelve the first year he came to camp. We had no idea where to

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  Learning….I think the first thing we needed to learn was that Bree was not going to be like her older brother and sister. My son, Daniel, was my first born and his sisters hate that he earned the title the “easy one” but, that was what he was. He had an easy going personality early on and he excelled in school right away. My second born Kailey, began by teaching me life is not

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Not long ago, we let Sophie play hooky from seventh grade for two days, and took her to Disneyland. I considered it an educational trip – every time we go, it seems, Sophie gets a little smarter. Some evidence: When Sophie was just shy of 5, she made her first real foray into potty training after the promise of Snow White panties in exchange for dry pull-ups. At 7, she showed compassion and maturity by

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When someone introduces me one phrase is almost always mentioned: “neurodiversity advocate.” I am proud of that, even though the two words that make up that label are a bit vague. What exactly does “neurodiversity advocate” mean? We here at DifferentBrains.com feel that “neurodiversity” simply refers to those of us whose brains think and work a bit differently. We believe in a big, friendly tent where ALL different types of brains are welcome happily! If you ask

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