(I test both in San Antonio, Texas & will be opening a practice in Bend, Oregon where I am currently living)
ADHD & Learning Disability Evaluation;
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Operating as usual
Wanted to let everyone know about some major changes in my life. After I lost my husband to dementia and heart/lung failure in December 2018, I continued practicing in San Antonio but ended up having 4 knee surgeries that following summer.
Following the relative isolation of all those recoveries, Covid-19 landed and isolated all of us. Seeing that it would be around for way too long, I decided to move to Bend, Oregon where my stepdaughter, her husband, and two daughters live and help out as much as I could.
I intended to only rent a place, but had trouble finding a place that I could afford that was near enough and would take 2 border collies and a cat. I landed in an Airbnb about 25 minutes away in Sunriver and tried again to find a rental for about a month, with no luck.
So I decided to buy and found a great house 2 days later and they took my bid against 4 similar bids. I wrote a letter about not intending to buy and why I was, and they took my offer bc it was so well written (Go Anita, my agent with lovely rainbow hair!) and they have border collies so felt sorry for mine!
I then was involved in a wreck when someone coming the opposite direction turned left right in front of me and hit my 15 year old Land Rover - luckily we were okay. The other driver drove off and has not been found to my knowledge. My 8yo granddaughter was a bit shaken up but after an hour or so, when she couldn’t use my iphone for games/videos bc I was talking to insurance, said “Are we done yet? We’ve been here at least 2 hours!” in THAT (annoyed) tone, so I knew she was fine. Rover was totaled - the car Jim and I had since our first year or two of marriage.
So my (step) daughter said, “Well, if the Universe moves you to a new state and makes you buy a new house, I guess a new car just goes along with the deal.” I guess so!
My plan is to continue testing in San Antonio and stay at the lakehouse in Sunrise Beach when I am testing in town. I can test either in someone's home or borrow a friend's office or guesthouse.
Meanwhile, I will be applying for licensure in Oregon and building a practice here as well, testing out of my new home.
I had expected to see how I like the winters here before buying a house, but there was evidently another plan in store for me. I will wait to see what life is planning for me next, because I would have never imagined all this happening!
I'm still getting settled but planning to be in San Antonio just after Christmas for a week or two.
Peace, Love, And other Good stuff
Educational Psychology Today
The secret sauce for success!
qz.com If society learns to value motivation as much as intelligence or leadership skills, it could be an enormous boon for children.
woai.iheart.com Students testing above national norms in kindergarten readiness
Some great resources . . .
drdevon.com I thought it would be helpful to post a list of the books and other resources I most frequently refer my clients to. Books: 8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD by Cindy Goldrich (2015). Excellent “instruction manual” for how to parent children with ADHD including behavior management strategies. A...
"A disAbility isn't a weakness but knowledge and strength."
RJ Mitte- known from Breaking Bad - has Cerebral Palsy but he did not let that hold him back. Learn more: http://bit.ly/RJmitte
Comment #YES and share if you agree RJ is a #celebworthcelebrating
davidsongifted.org In this article, Samuel Kohlenberg, LPC, discusses his observations and experiences with profoundly gifted students and young adults. Here are a few things he would like to tell them (as well as the people in their lives).
Great article entitled "Being Excellentist" or how to move past perfectionism!
Anxiety and depression.......
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Some good wisdom here . . .
Dear Ones -
Last night I watched the harrowing documentary AMY, about the life and tragic death of Amy Winehouse. It's a brilliant film, but it was difficult for me to go to sleep after seeing it. It's hard not to imagine all the other directions Amy's life could have taken. If only she could have held on through the chaos of her youth, and somehow come out on the other side — wiser and calmer and having shed all the self-hatred and self-destruction.
If only she could have survived herself long enough to become herself.
I was so struck by this line that the (apparently immortal) Tony Bennett said at the end of the documentary, about what he wished he could have told Amy. The full quote is: "Slow down. You're too important. Life teaches you how to live it, if you live long enough."
This reminded me of what Iyanla Vanzant always says — that life is her friend, and that all it's trying to do is teach her how to live. Like a good friend, life sometimes tells you things you don't want to hear about yourself — but that's OK. It's all being offered with love. Tough love, sometimes – but love. As Iyanla always says, "You might have to repeat third grade six or seven times, before you learn what you needed to learn to advance — but once you learn the lessons, life will let you move on."
Life never lets you move on, until you have learned what it is trying to teach you.
Like a good friend, life keeps trying to show you the way — keeps trying to show what isn't working for you and what behaviors need to stop. When you keep banging your head up against the same destructive scenarios, life will patiently keeping showing you the painful consequences — until you get it. Life will teach you the same lesson time after time after time, until you finally start to learn. Life will try to teach you what kind of people are bad for you, and what kind of situations makes you sick and weak, what kind of substances are a no-fly-zone for you, and what kind of existence brings you into bloom. Life will try to show you what was never meant to be yours, and life will try — by any means necessary — to teach you how to look for something else, when it's time to change.
As we get older, there's a trust that grows within us about life — that something out there is trying to teach us SOMETHING.
I was never as self-destructive as Amy Winehouse in my youth, but I certainly spent many, many years doing things to myself that were terribly bad for me. Like many of us, the only way I could ever learn where the boundaries were was to run about 10 miles past them. Only later, looking back over my shoulder — exhausted, ashamed, hurt, and defeated — could I see: "Oh! So I guess THAT was the boundary, then? About 10 miles back?"
I had to repeat these destructive behaviors dozens — sometimes hundreds — of times before I got the picture.
It was painful, but apparently that's the only way I could learn.
My pain was just life trying to show me what doesn't work for me.
My heart breaks for all those restless souls who could not live long enough to let life teach them how to live it. And to all who are confused and lost and in pain right now, my prayer is that you will learn how to listen with trust and respect and love to what your life is trying to teach you. Your life is your friend. It's trying to help you.
You're too important.
Find the teaching hidden in the chaos.
As 2015 draws to a close, we're looking back at the stories that resonated with you on GreatSchools this year. (Follow the #GreatSchools2015 tag for all of them.)
This story detailed the struggles a mother dealt with when no public schools seemed to want her child.
A great lesson in both the difficulty and the wonder of pushing yourself to try new things.
Art by @sylviaduckworth, thought by @OscarNowick
upworthy.com A school tried a radical experiment, and the result reverses everything we always knew.
So incredibly true
noteshelf-blog.tumblr.com We’re pretty sure you’ve heard a number of benefits from reading: increased knowledge, memory improvement, stronger analytical thinking and a dozen more. But how exactly do you attain those benefits?...
Beautiful. This is a page from the book "That Parent's Tao Te Ching" by William Martin. See: The Parent's Tao Te Ching.
Bishop Dale C. Bronner
You were not made for standard! Be exceptional!
For Good's Sake
I shared earlier, but Robin Williams' passing is cause for a reshare of this famous quote. In his memory may we all be kinder to each other and work to make people smile and feel joyful. He did that for us.
playfullytacky.com 1) We need to recharge alone. This right here is the cusp of the entire introvert v. extrovert debate (if there is one, anyway) – Introverts need to be alone to recharge. We tend to get completely ...
Persistence is key!
"For the first couple years you make stuff," public radio host Ira Glass stated once, "it's just not that good. It's trying to be, but it's not."
Glass' pep ta...
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[10/31/13] And, yes, the photo is about 10 years old and I am working on getting a more recent one . . .
[10/31/13] Finally getting some sort of professional website up, at least on Facebook. Please "like" the page if you'd like - evidently I need some "like" to enable some features. Thanks!
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