Quick Thinking, Slow Breathing: How to Respond when a Child is Traumatized

By Rebekah Springs What is Trauma? I used to think that trauma was reserved for the really big, overwhelming events in a person’s life. Car crashes, sudden deaths, natural disasters, and severe physical abuse came to mind.   But Dr. Peter Levine, who has written extensively on the subject of trauma, its origin and its effect on the body, and whose background is in medical biophysics, stress, and psychology, says that trauma extends to seemingly everyday experiences, especially when it comes to child trauma.   Whether you are an educator,…

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Making Sense of Our Lives

Real Connections co-hosted a conference on Adolescence, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Autism in February. The day was full of energy and enthusiasm for everyone involved. One of our staff that attended the conference, Rebekah Springs, was inspired by the day to share some of her reflections with us. Her words here keep the inspiration and neurodevelopmental lessons moving forward. Thanks Rebekah! Making Sense of our Lives By Rebekah Springs February 6, 2014 found me clutching a cup of coffee and a pen, sitting expectantly in an auditorium filled with parents, teachers,…

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A New Autism Story

  Part II   In Part I I described the broad context of introducing Real Connections’ blog. Today, I would like to tell more about what the idea of a New Autism Story means to me. The New Autism Story is a story of reciprocal empathy, neurodiversity, acceptance, development, individual differences, mindsight, relationships, intention, sense of self and understanding. The vision I have for the young autistic people I meet in my work is one where they are capable of living these concepts and never limiting the imagination for them…

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A New Autism Story

Part I Last month, October 2012, was the 10th anniversary of practice as a developmental therapist with autistic children and their families. Over the past 18 months, I have come to a point where I increasingly see a need for more voices telling a new story of Autism and offering families, professional, and autistics new words and perspectives for understanding the story of Autism. The idea of “A New Autsim Story” came from Gordon Wheeler’s work on developing a new human story along with the Royal Society for the encouragement…

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