Teach all students relaxation strategies (e.g., deep breathing, repeating helpful mantras) that they can use when they are stressed.

This website is dedicated to promoting inclusive schooling and exploring positive ways of supporting students with autism and other disabilities. Most of my work involves collaborating with schools to create environments, lessons, and experiences that are inclusive, respectful, and accessible for all learners.


Patrick and Pedro

Posted on October 01, 2012 in Autism, Inclusion, News

My dear friend and co-author, Dr. Patrick Schwarz, recently taped this quick interview about our books, “Just Give Him the Whale” and “Pedro’s Whale”.

I love this little segment because…


Posted on September 26, 2012 in Inclusion, News

MCIE’s site isn’t new but it has received a complete overhaul. It was one of my favorite inclusion-related sites before, but now it is even better! Look for new content, new links/recommendations, and lots of resources for parents, teachers, and advocates.

Don’t forget to check out their Facebook page as well; it …

Random acts of inclusion?

Posted on September 25, 2012 in Inclusion, News

So, last week I took my sister, Victoria, to see Madonna at the United Center in Chicago. This concert was very special as it was planned almost 30 years ago. Yep- you read that right. You see, Victoria had originally planned to see Madonna in 1985 for The Virgin Tour. She begged my mom to let her drive from Green Bay to Chicago, but mom could not be persuaded. So, Victoria waited. Every time Madonna came to Chicago (where Victoria ended up living for years), she had a conflict and then she moved to Australia and sort of gave up on seeing the show.

So now for the fun part of the story…


Posted on September 12, 2012 in Advocacy, Families, Inclusion, News

Emilie is a parent, an advocate, and a strong supporter of inclusive education. She has a child with Angelman Syndrome and wants her blog to be helpful to others with similar family needs.

Emilie works for Michigan’s parent training and information center, so she also…

A soundtrack for inclusion?

Posted on September 10, 2012 in Inclusion, News

Some of you know that I started running last year. For this reason, I am constantly changing up my iPod playlist to find inspiring music that will keep me motivated and energized. Well, one of the things that I have noticed lately is that many of these inspiring songs remind me of my work in inclusive schools. So, I thought I would share the top 5…

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