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Socks and Good Karma

Socks and Good Karma by Mark Lyons Image by WorldSpectrum from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and the Father of Sammy (a Person with Autism)       “Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.” “Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.”      Oh, sorry. I did not see you there. I am deep into my meditation. That is what it is for. It helps keep the stresses and worries of life at bay, if even for just a bit. Plus, I get to wear some really comfortable socks from SammySocks Etc. And, oh yeah, a modern and hip yoga outfit designed by a currently popular movie star with time on their hands because they are in between movie gigs.    ...

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Idiosyncrasies of Autism and Samuel

Idiosyncrasies of Autism and Samuel by Mark Lyons Image by tatlin from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and the Father of Sammy (a Person with Autism)             There is a saying that if you have met a person with autism you have met one person with autism. No two people are alike, either neurotypical or those on the spectrum. Understanding this is significant for the treatment, training, education, and support services of people on the spectrum. One size does not fit all.             People on the autism also change over time. What may be effective at one point may not be effective at another point. This is important to realize...

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It's Taking Too Long!

It’s Taking Too Long! by Mark Lyons Image by Henryk Niestroj from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and the Father of Sammy (a Person with Autism)             “It’s taking too long!”             This is one of Sammy’s most favorite and frequently used sayings. We call it a “Sammy Saying”. He utters it usually when we are waiting in line somewhere for food. He has also used it while waiting at the doctor’s office, at stop lights, and while waiting for the time to change on a digital clock.             One particularly now famous time Samuel used this saying was in church. We were sitting up in the balcony. The pastor...

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Sammy at Work at SammySocks Etc.

Sammy at Work at SammySocks Etc. by Mark Lyons SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and the Father of Sammy (a Person with Autism)            Samuel has several chores that he performs at SammySocks Etc. He puts individual components of our Bells and Whistles Bag into organza bags. He also packs baggies with a variety of items that are included with each customer’s order.             These are not difficult tasks, but they are important and time consuming. Once learned, they are repetitive. This is both good and bad. Good because the same thing is done over and over. But that is also what makes them bad. It’s boring!...

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Overheard in a Faculty Lounge One Day at Lunch

Overheard in a Faculty Lounge One Day at Lunch by Mark Lyons Image by Ty Swartz from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and the Father of Sammy (a Person with Autism)             “The bullet-shaped, rubber-tipped, hangable, wooden pointer!”             “The aluminum, super-light, clip-on-your-shirt chalk holder!”             “The pointer!”             “The holder!”             “Pointer!”             “Holder!”             “Hey, what are they arguing about?”             “What’s the 2nd most educationally significant innovation to come out in the last 100 years?”             “Oh, yeah? Second? Is it the hole punch?”             “No.”             “Socks from SammySocks Etc.?”             “How’s that?”             “Well, a comfortable, stylish, and well-dressed educator follows the 5E Model of...

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