Emma's Hope Book

Some Emma Quotes

Each day is a day of discovery with moments of elation and excitement…  at least this is my take away from the past few weeks.  Here are a few of Emma’s comments along the way that she gave me permission to post.

Discussing black holes  (Dr. C and Emma are kindred souls.)

Dr. C:  What has happened to the atomic structure within a black hole?

Emma:  Opportunity to riot.  Structure is chaotic.

Dr.…

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Just Another Day…

I think this has been one of the best days of my life.  We had a full day of learning.   I’m exhausted.  Seriously.  I feel as though my head is going to explode.    We began the day with our daily Skype call with Dr. C.  Emma and Dr. C. had great fun teasing me about the fact that every time Dr. C. asked Emma something like, “How many F- will bind to a single Mg^2=?” Emma typed the correct…

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Typing to Communicate & Busy Work

Typing to Communicate & Busy Work

Typically in school life there is a certain amount of busy work that one is expected to do, forms that need to be filled out (repeatedly), words that you are expected to say whether you mean them or not, because it is what we as a society do.  “It’s just the way it is,” we are told.

However, let’s say you cannot speak and must type to communicate.  And let’s say you are in school where upon…

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Emma does not go to school, instead the world has become an enormous classroom.  Here are a few snippets from today…

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Emma does not go to school, instead the world has become an enormous classroom.  Here are a few snippets from today…

Intention

Yesterday we had an interesting discussion about the word “intention.”  The word was brought up innocently enough.  

Intention

Yesterday we had an interesting discussion about the word “intention.”  The word was brought up innocently enough.  

"No More School" and Other Important Topics

Emma (and I) will be presenting at the TASH Conference in Washington DC December 3-5.  We haven’t been given the exact date for our presentation yet, but once I know I will inform all of you.  

"No More School" and Other Important Topics

Emma (and I) will be presenting at the TASH Conference in Washington DC December 3-5.  We haven’t been given the exact date for our presentation yet, but once I know I will inform all of you.  

“What We Attach Ourselves to When We are Most Afraid”

Emma typed that she wanted to write - “How about a story about what we attach ourselves to when we are most afraid.” 

“What We Attach Ourselves to When We are Most Afraid”

Emma typed that she wanted to write - “How about a story about what we attach ourselves to when we are most afraid.” 

“My Imaginary Ancestor”

Preface:  My mother has been tracing our family’s history for many years now.  Many of our ancestors on her side of the family were German and wrote in German script, which she has been translating the letters they wrote and kept. 

“My Imaginary Ancestor”

Preface:  My mother has been tracing our family’s history for many years now.  Many of our ancestors on her side of the family were German and wrote in German script, which she has been translating the letters they wrote and kept. 

Science Lessons

This past month Emma has been having Skype calls with Dr. C. (PhD in bio-chemistry) Dr. C has been giving Emma science lessons three to four times a week and so far he’s covered cells, cell division, cell mutation, genetics, chromosomes, DNA, nutrition, ecological footprints, world population and so much more.  

Science Lessons

This past month Emma has been having Skype calls with Dr. C. (PhD in bio-chemistry) Dr. C has been giving Emma science lessons three to four times a week and so far he’s covered cells, cell division, cell mutation, genetics, chromosomes, DNA, nutrition, ecological footprints, world population and so much more.  

Statistics and Parenting

Fear.  I have grappled with fear my entire life.  I’m 54 years old.   You’d think I’d have figured out a magic formula to ward off fear by now…  but I have not.  However I have figured out some things that used to frighten me, but that no longer do.  Things like this:

“Among all autistics, 75 percent are expected to score in the mentally retarded range on standard intelligence tests — that’s an…

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