Posted on November 27, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Connie Horn
It has been 24 hours since the phone call.
My grandson was having tests done. I was patiently waiting for the phone call to hear the results. I was also thinking about some of the behavior changes I’ve seen in him over the past few months. He used to respond when you called his name, now I can say his name over and over, with no response. Not even a glance my way. He used to let me hold and snuggle with him, now it is a struggle to get him to hug me or to sit on my lap.
Then the call came.
It is not easy to hear your grandson has autism. Continue reading
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Posted on July 20, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Lynn Wiles
Bethesda Lutheran Communities
Employers describe “soft skills” as those that cannot be taught but that are intrinsic to good workers.
When polled, the three soft skill traits most often identified as “desirable” among workers by almost 1,000 U.S. and Canadian employers were:
- Motivation,the inherent drive one has to work.
- Reliability,equated with doing one’s tasks consistently.
- Dependability,which differs from reliability as defined by employers to encompass consistent attendance and punctuality. It is being able to be counted on. Continue reading
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Posted on June 19, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Connie Horn
In May, I wrote a blog about Equal Access for People with Disabilities. In the time since I wrote this blog, I have become more aware and honestly looking for, barriers to accessibility for people with disabilities, especially if they happen to use a wheelchair. Continue reading
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Posted on June 12, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Connie Horn
Recently I watched as my grandson was interacting with his mom. It was one of those mornings where everyone was rushing around trying to get ready for the day. My grandson was told to put his shoes on. He still struggles with putting his shoes on the right feet and it takes him a little longer than most, but he is learning. His mom didn’t think he was putting his shoes on fast enough, so she decided to put them on for him. He pulled them off, looked at her, and in a loud voice said, “I can do it!” Continue reading
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