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Autism asks challenging questions, begs us to think outside the box and then...Autism Answers!
Autism asks challenging questions, begs us to think outside the box and then...Autism Answers!

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"Birth is always miraculous. And when it happens to your family, when it's personal, it changes and effects and shifts your world. It discombobulates and redefines and renews your sense of self and purpose.

It's spectacular and beautiful and exhausting and invigorating.

It's life; new, remembered, shared, shifted, edited, and all-encompassing.

All of our roles are being redefined and built fresh. And all because of one perfectly tiny little girl."

#family #baby #grandma #love #home #inspiration
http://autismanswersbytsara.blogspot.com/2017/07/autism-answer-new-life-new-roles-and.html

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Autism Answer: New Life, New Roles, and Home
On a shuttle headed to the airport thinking about home. Well, friends, I've made it home.  I flew alone, from Texas to California, and I spent a month there. Going to California for the summer is not unusual for me, as most of you know. My mom and sister an...

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Autism Answer: Being Present (Lessons From My Granddaughter)
With my granddaughter Holding my granddaughter I am often transported back in time. The feel of her is similar to my sons.  Also, it's new and special. With my sons, I was less present. I wondered differently; I wondered with worry. Not much, but some. I wo...

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My brother was communicating with my granddaughter this morning. I'm pretty sure the topics were food, love, music, and more food. :D

#autism #autistic #love #communication

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Following is a piece I wrote in response to the prompt "Stepping Outside of your Comfort Zone". I want to share it here with you specifically because this is an issue we struggle with in the world of autism. It is commonly understood that a comfort zone is somewhat more necessary for folks with autism. It is also extremely important that we continue to expand our edges, regardless of how extreme our challenges are. I have a hard time with this but my mom is brilliant at it! She is so deeply respectful of the person that her ability to expect more and raise the bar, while completely and actively acknowledging and caring about the challenge of it, gives her a special gift. I have tried hard to learn this balance from her.

What I believe is that if we do our best to love the person completely and care about their wholeness, whether the person is ourselves or a loved one, we'll be able to help expand edges and step outside of comfort zones without harming or pushing too hard. We'll make mistakes, sure. We'll push when we should pull back, and we'll allow when perhaps we should have nudged, but I think our understanding and respect for the wholeness will help us make few mistakes. I believe that.

So, here is a story of me pushing myself to expand my edges. Dive in and get uncomfortable with me, friends! ~Tsara

#autism #activism #leadership
http://autismanswersbytsara.blogspot.com/2017/06/autism-answer-expanding-my-edges.html?spref=tw

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Autism Answer: Expanding My Edges - A Leadership Role Nervously Executed
Author's Note: Following is a piece I wrote in response to the prompt "Stepping Outside of your Comfort Zone". I want to share it here with you specifically because this is an issue we struggle with in the world of autism. It is commonly understood that a c...

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A beautiful song and a beautiful video.

I love celebrity cameos for a cause!
#autism #music #inspiration
https://youtu.be/qmYtJTqmSDc

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"Whatever definition you create for yourself, be sure it recognizes your worth and your real beauty, friends.

There's no shame in wanting to blossom further but it will be easier and more fun if you recognize your beauty now."
#RealBeauty #women #beauty #style
http://autismanswersbytsara.blogspot.com/2017/06/autism-answer-real-beauty-dove-and.html 

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Autism Answer: Real Beauty (Dove and Shonda Rhymes Want Our Stories)
Shonda Rhimes has partnered with Dove (the personal care brand) and they launched Real Beauty Productions . They have called for submissions and stories, from women of every type, that will help expand the definition of beauty. Stories that will help define...

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