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As the mother of four wonderful teenage boys I spend a lot of time figuring out who I am so I can teach them to do the same. I also hear myself holler, "Stop Eating!" an awful lot! As my boys get older, I get louder about sharing my beliefs and ideas. Again, as a way to comfortably ask them to do the same. Being the sister, daughter and mom of autism, much of what I have to say comes from what the challenges of living surrounded by so much difference taught me. I also spend much time making ammends for my teenage years by sharing with others my moms amazing work in the world of autism. As a global expert, author, speaker and therapist my mom (Lynette Louise) has helped hundreds of families understand and guide toward healing their autistic loved ones. She held our hands as children(and there were eight of us--four on the spectrum of autism!) and brought us intentionally along with her as we learned the beauty and humor in life's many frustrating scenarios. I am a lucky woman with a wonderful family. I can't help but want to write about it all!!


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014     

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Living Within My Means, And Loving It
(23 comments) A while back someone asked me why I'm happy living within my means. I had a blast answering her questions and thought it would be fun to share here at OpEdNews, a community that encourages actively seeking success with intention.

Thursday, February 13, 2014     

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Enjoy A Neurodiverse Valentine's Day! Lessons On Love Linger In The Not-So-Typical
(3 comments) Valentine's Day is meant to be a celebration of romance and love. Not the love that looks typical, the love that you expect or approve of... but love. So this Feb 14th, let's open our eyes to the love that makes us think! Love that's gotten creative, and that's expressed in new ways for comfort and acceptance. Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014     

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What I Was Thinking When I Raped You
(7 comments) This is a letter to the boy I raped when we were teens. My own sons are discovering their sexuality, and I'm reminded of the challenges and confusion of that age. Also, of the mistakes. In this letter, I apologize for one of mine.

Monday, December 23, 2013     

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A New Kind Of Resolution: Purposeful Play for Healthy Brain Development
(1 comments) It doesn't matter how old you are, purposeful play is good for your brain and can strengthen the body. I submit many families could change the trajectory of their live by making this New Years Resolution: Daily Purposeful Play!

Sunday, December 15, 2013     

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My Birthday Gift: Seeing Myself In My Sons!
(4 comments) It was my birthday the other day and my sons made me the most amazing gift. A song written by one of my boys, edited into a music video by another one. It's an example of everything I love and believe in, and I want to share it with the world!

Monday, December 2, 2013     

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You Miss A Lot When You're Colorblind
(8 comments) In the interest of integration we sometimes forget to respect diversity and difference. Expecting equality should never suggest a desire for assimilation. Admittedly, I've known many (including myself now and then!) to forget. It's so important that we not forget!

Monday, October 14, 2013     

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My American Dream
(7 comments) I'm a Canadian mom living in America and I want to share my American Dream. Not everyone can share their ideas and dreams. Some can't speak, or write, or they just plain and simply don't have time because of work and exhaustion. Reflection is often a privilege. I am privileged.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013     

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There is a Woman with a Suitcase
(3 comments) Lynette Louise aka THE BRAIN BROAD is kind of like a modern day Mary Poppins. Her umbrella is a plane (or car) and her carpet bag is a big colorful brain. In her suitcase she carries neurofeedback equipment, offering something Mary Poppins never had. A way to compliment and guide the brain. In order to help more than just one family at a time she has created a global internet reality series. She could use a little help!

Friday, April 19, 2013     

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FIX IT IN FIVE with LYNETTE LOUISE aka THE BRAIN BROAD is now available for viewing on The Autism Channel
(1 comments) FIX IT IN FIVE with LYNETTE LOUISE aka THE BRAIN BROAD is an international reality series that highlights neurofeedback, family dynamics and fun for families struggling with brain disorders. The first episode, wherein Lynette helps a little girl with seizures and autism in Uganda, is now showing on The Autism Channel! The footage is beautiful, the people are beautiful, and the learning's are brilliant... and beautiful!

Monday, April 1, 2013     

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Autism Awareness and Answers with Music, Comedy, and Brain Science!
(14 comments) April is national Autism Awareness month, and Lynette Louise is a global autism expert who adores sharing autism awareness and actionable answers with comedy and brain science! So, every April she preforms her one-woman show CRAZY TO SANE around the world for free! Interesting Aside: April 2nd is both World Autism-Awareness day, and Lynette's birthday! The universe is her sponsor!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013     

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The Day I met my Husband: An Unromantic Romance
(9 comments) I've always considered Valentine's Day a slightly silly celebration. A romantic I am not! However, in the spirit of the season I got to thinking about the day I met my husband. It's surprising just how many lessons of acceptance and assumptions were offered that very first day! I thought it would be fun to share the learnings. Breaking it down unromantically, while falling for my hubby all over! Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, January 28, 2013     

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Creating a Culture: The Validity of the "Everybody's Doing it' Argument
(6 comments) Equality, freedom and creating our culture with intention. Most of us believe in these things. However, most of us have different visions regarding what they mean and how such a world should look. It's important to insist on living our vision, without letting the differences distract us from the sameness.

Monday, January 14, 2013     

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Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself
(33 comments) We are all living and learning. Some of us start in one place, others in another. Some have challenges with poverty, others with disability and others with prejudice. There is so much we can gain from one another. Yet I find it much easier to learn from others once we've practiced actively learning from ourselves.

Sunday, December 2, 2012     

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Being Me
(3 comments) A few years ago I entered an essay contest with the broad topic,"What's your real life story?" I didn't win. Yet, I did. Writing this piece unraveled so much about my life, changing me for the better. It's been just sitting saved on my computer- along with book outlines and random musings-almost forgotten. Until Rob Kall's recent article, asking us our ideas of success, reminded me. It's a bit long, but I would love to share!

Thursday, November 8, 2012     

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You See, to me, it's all about Value
(11 comments) We are all valuable, equally. Regardless of race, religion, sex, ability or orientation, not one of us is more valuable than the other. I believe that once we become comfortable and aware of that fact, once we are fully willing to see it as true of ourselves and others, we will be better equipped to tap into that very value and exceed all expectations!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012     

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Safety vs Freedom
(7 comments) I love progress, but I think it's important to forge ahead with intention, honesty and a willingness to change course. This habit of making up new rules in an attempt to get rid of every problem, is obviously not keeping us safe, and taking away our personal freedom.

Sunday, September 2, 2012     

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It Takes a (Texas) Village: Our Story of Acceptance and Autism
(4 comments) My mom is heading to Uganda on Saturday. As an autism expert and hands on play/neurofeedback therapist she travels the globe often. This trip she'll be gone for most of September working with six families daily, filming a reality series and eating grasshoppers. My mom has helped thousands of families over the years, but only one of them has been there since the beginning. The first family she traveled the globe for. Ours!

Sunday, September 2, 2012     

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'You' 2012!!
(1 comments) I don't know anything about politics-- besides what Jon Stewart shares with me on The Daily Show--and I can't vote for the folks who argue with each other about policies on TV. But I am part of America's story, and for my children and their freedom, I insist on playing my part with intention!

Thursday, July 12, 2012     

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Dear Poverty: It's not you, it's me.
(54 comments) This is my break-up letter to Poverty. I felt a need to share it, and my reasons, with others so that I wouldn't chicken out and go running back. Poverty is familiar and has given me much, but I feel as though we are holding each other back and it's time to take a different path. I'm a bit scared, but also a bit excited! New paths can do that to you.

Friday, May 25, 2012     

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Because My Mom Was Autistic, Our Answer Was Autism
(1 comments) We all have recurring themes in our lives. I find that these themes often offer surprising life lessons for those looking to see them. Baseball, cancer, abuse, race, music, etc.... so often families can point to running themes in their lives. For us, one of the loudest was autism. Here, I share some of what I decided to let it teach me.

Saturday, March 24, 2012     

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My Kid did it: Where's the literature and dialogue when your kid is the bully?
(4 comments) I have four teenage boys that I am very proud of. Our home is filled with laughter and comfortable conversations, often about uncomfortable subjects. I'm happy that we have such a balanced home, but it's more than that. I see a danger in the world that wants to point fingers, blame the 'bad guy' and wonder about sending my men out into the world. Will they remember to forgive themselves when they are the 'bad guy'?

Sunday, February 26, 2012     

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The Importance of Personal Semantics: My Silly Little Example
(1 comments) Growing-up I labeled myself as 'the nice one'. It was easy for me and I was proud. But as I grew, the complexities and differing opinions regarding what is and isn't nice made life harder for me. Even dangerous. I began trying on labels and examining the importance of words. I also learned to allow others to discover the words that worked for them. Personal semantics have shaped my life. I've enjoyed choosing with intention!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011     

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Are you Autistic? Maybe, but Probably Not.
(3 comments) Crowded holiday malls and routines thrown out frosted windows for out of town guests and spontaneous caroling; a very challenging time for kids and adults on the autism spectrum. But isn't it somewhat stressful for everyone? How is it that these challenges are something that some of us have to buck up and handle, while others are given labels and special Santa's with short lines and tolerant elves? Let's see, shall we?

Thursday, June 16, 2011     

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MIRACLES ARE MADE: A Real Life Guide to Autism by Lynette Louise/A Review
(7 comments) My review of the new book MIRACLES ARE MADE: A Real Life Guide to Autism. Unlike a true review, this is also a look at a daughters (mine!) feelings at having her mothers life and ideas shared with strangers. In an attempt to share my feelings regarding my moms new book, I found myself, instead, revealing my feelings in general!