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Reposting “Gil Offers His Opinion on ABA vs. DIR/Floortime, on ‘Kids in the House.'”

7 Oct

I was reminded of this video this week by a colleague who told me it was one of her favorites. I repost it to celebrate my non-profit, Dirty Hands Developmental Alliance in Sonoma County, CA, and my new Clinical Practice, also in Sonoma County.

This video should leave you no doubt as to where I stand!

Gil Talking on Fox Radio “Fox on Love, With Ashley Papa”

16 Apr

https://radio.foxnews.com/2018/03/27/dating-embracing-your-partner-while-they-also-care-for-a-loved-one-with-autism/

Ashley Papa, the relationships reporter on Fox News Radio interviewed me recently on the subject of dating someone who is supporting a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I ended up saying, basically, that people with spectrum challenges were people first, and you needed to respect their wants and desires.

Click the link above to listen to the whole interview.

 

Gil On “MichaeLA” live today!

30 Mar

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I’m in LA today to appear on MichaeLA on HLN to talk about challenges that young adults with autism may have with employment and higher education, and about how we at Shrub Oak International School will help with those challenges.

My appearance is set for the second hour, around 1:15 pm in the Pacific time zone, about 4:15 pm in the Eastern time zone.  If you get a chance, take a look. If not, when the show is over, I will post a link, if I get one, so you can see what I said at your leisure.

4/2/18 Update

Here’s the video of my appearance. She is a really nice woman, with a real interest in the subject. I really enjoyed myself. See what you think.

https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=0eH48XZGmGg&video_referrer=watch

May Your Life Be Filled With Lawyers

9 Mar
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Gil in Monterey, CA, at the COPAA Conference

My Mexican friends will sometimes use the curse, “May your life be filled with lawyers!” I have always laughed at that, but today I find myself at the annual conference of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates in Monterey, California, and I find my life filled with the most wonderful, giving, lawyers and advocates. They are the kind of hard-charging do-gooders who I love to spend time with, so a life filled with these good folks seems like a life well spent!

Petra at COPAA

Petra Daitz, MS Ed., Admissions Coordinator, Shrub Oak International School

I feel really lucky to be representing Shrub Oak International School at this conference, along with my friend, Petra Daitz, as it is so easy to talk to folks about a program that will so wonderfully serve the group of students we are aiming to serve, adolescents and young adults in the 14-22 age range. When you have so much to offer, a 127 acre campus, an equestrian center, an organic farm, a pool, a transition program, a full range of clinical services and an innovative academic program, it is not a challenge to answer interested advocate’s questions.

I have been so pleased at the enthusiastic reception we have received from all of these very knowledgable people. Makes me fee like we’re on the right track, and reaffirms what I have always suspected: if you create the program that respects individuals, and supports people on their way to becoming their authentic selves, people will greet you with open arms. So, I send you a blessing: May your life be filled with hard working, caring lawyers and advocates like the people I have met here!

Gil talks about Shrub Oak International School on “Affect Autism.”

15 Feb

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I love the blog and website, Affect Autism! I sat down with my good friend, and fierce developmental advocate, Daria Brown, while I was in Toronto at Oakwood Academy a couple of weeks ago, to do a podcast and interview for her influential blog. We talked about Shrub Oak International School, the school I am helping to found in Westchester County, New York. We ranged over a number of topics, but we focused in on how I plan to use what I have learned over many years of starting, running and consulting to schools to make Shrub Oak extraordinary. Specifically, we talked about how the fantastic 127 acre campus of Shrub Oak supports the sensory processing challenges of students, and avoids the problems that occur when classrooms are overcrowded and schools are loud and confusing.

Take a couple of minutes to listen to the interview, visit the Shrub Oak website, and then do a deep dive on Daria’s site, “Affect Autism.” I think you will find it worth the time you invest!

Foundation Academics: First Things First

26 Sep

Foundation Academics: What is it?

Foundation Academics: What is it?

Here is a podcast I did with Affect Autism, and it’s host, Daria Brown. She is a real leader here in North America, headquartered in Toronto, on the issue of respectful, appropriate, developmental support for people with autism spectrum challenges. I loved talking with her about a concept I came up with about 10 years ago, Foundation Academics. It is my attempt to explain to parents why we need to focus on early developmental levels before we get to reading, writing and arithmetic. It helps to explain that you need to do first things FIRST, and THEN we will get to those more traditional, “secondary academics.” I think this is my first publicly available full explanation of the idea of Foundation Academics, one of the cornerstones of my educational philosophy for folks with developmental challenges like autism spectrum challenges. Enjoy!

Featured on HBO Vice this Friday

3 Aug

This Friday’s episode of Vice on HBO features the staff and students, and maybe some parents, of the Rebecca School.  The correspondent GiannaToboni, spent the day with us about 6 months ago, and she was really great. We have no control over how they decided to cut the material they shot, but we are very proud of our staff, our kids and our families. The promo above shows that they understood our model of respectful, developmental support, so I am optimistic, and looking forward to seeing it this Friday night!

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