CarolAnn Edscorn


Ramblings, Art, Poetry and Autism

Topics:

Autism Advocacy

Autism Supports

Workshops on Autism: Educators

Workshops on Autism: Parents, Family

Poetry

Essays with Politics

Essays with Culture

Art in Nature

Liberal Arts Education

Literature and Living

 

My name is CarolAnn Edscorn and I reside with my family in a small town in southern New Hampshire.  I have been married for 30 years, and my children are 26, 23, 21, 18, and 13 years of age. I have a wonderful service dog named Shakespeare who is mostly Dachshund with Brittney Spaniel.

My brain is different than 85% of Americans which means I live in the world of Autism, which I prefer to call a spectrum rather than a disorder. Actually, autism is more of a galaxy or universe, not a single world--and certainly not a small one!

I offer presentations and workshops about Autism, including concepts about social pragmatics, sensory issues, neuroscience, environments, academics, diet and health, and the arts.

I have a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in the performing arts--acting and directing for the theater.  I have a Master's Degree in Urban Affairs Management and Public Policy Analysis with a focus on Education and Health Issues.  I graduated with honors from the Autism Spectrum Disorder Certification Program at Antioch University in Keene, NH.

I believe that autism is a gift and that we should look for dreams, talents, and competency.

I give presentations to teachers and paraprofessionals both through the Institute on Disability (http://iod.unh.edu/), Granite State COllege, the NH Center for Learning, as well as independently. Parent/Family Workshops are also places where I offer my experience and expertise.

My fees for service range from $300 to $800 for a full 7 hour day.  Travel expenses are reimbursed by the hosting organization as well. A brochure is available.

Thus far I have offered IOD/UNH workshops on Building Social Bridges in Manchester, NH (March 2007) and in Plymouth, NH (October 2007).  I was a key note presenter along with Donna Williams, Roz Blackburn and Jamie Burke at the Autism Summer Institute at UNH in August 2007.  Since then I have presented at the Dallas event for The Autism Society of America, at TASH in Nashville, for Hudson, Pembroke, Bow, Londonderry, Derry, Farmington, for districts in MA, for the Asperger's Association of New England, MENSA, and the Doug Flutie JR Foundation.

Reach me by email: acornheart@gmail.com

Visit my Autism Blog:  www.autiecat.blogspot.com

On this Blog I have essays and critiques and ramblings about life within autism, reaching out to neurotypical persons, and family life.

My courses at Antioch University in Keene, NH, included social pragmatics, sensory integration issues, counseling and interventions, advocacy and positive behavior support and intervention.

Some of my stories can be read on the e-zine AdhocMonadnock (http://www.adhocmonadnock.org/Feb2006Edscorn.html). 


Best Friends which is also on the GLIMPSE e-zine hosted by The Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (http://www.icdl.com/documents/GLIMPSE-1308.pdf) which is the autism organization developed by Stanley Greenspan, MD.

CHECK OUT MY OTHER SHORT STORIES, ESSAYS AND POEMS AT

Writings

I believe in courage, talent, and love.  Dare to dream.