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Sensory Integration: How To Decode What Your Child Is Telling You

So often, children with sensory issues are treated for behavioral problems, with or without acknowledging what sensory needs might be driving the behavior. When therapists focus on addressing unwanted behaviors without digging deeper, we can miss an opportunity to help a struggling child.

Child with glasses holding a model of an atom

The Eccentric Genius: Neurodiversity and Design

Neurodiverse people have brains that differ from the majority, in the ways they organize and process information. This can include people on the autism spectrum, people with sensory sensitivities, and people with ADHD. There is a lot of overlap, and specific patterns of neurodiversity vary quite a bit.


Space, Power and Sexism

When we talk about space, we inevitably talk about power. Those who have power, control the space.This photo was taken on National Association for Women Business Owners Advocacy Day, outside the Dwight Eisenhower Building, after we visited the White House. We advocated for increased access to capital for women […]

Top row of windows on Dwight Eisenhower Office Building near the White House.

UPDATE ON PAST PROJECT

  Franny Lou’s extended the kitchen into the space formerly occupied by the children’s corner, where Practical Sanctuary created a dandelion mural four years ago. I love how they lined the shelving up with one cluster of dandelions, and placed a bottle under the ones growing from the ceiling. […]


The Obvious Thing

Long ago I had a boyfriend who was prepared for the apocalypse. He kept a bug-out bag in his trunk, containing tools with which to rebuild Western civilization. He got into fights with cops. “They’re always pointing guns at me.” He was the one who told me about Oklahoma […]

Photo of wall heavily textured in beige paint, ceiling with dozens of lighted jam jars

All About Sound

Ecstatic dance: rolling around a vibrating floor with a hundred people. It’s how I spend my Thursday evenings. Recently, a dancer with a degenerative illness shared: “It’s at the moment when I bring all my pain to the movement, that the dance becomes ecstatic.” After the dance, we lie […]


Time’s Executioner

Friends with neurodiverse brains have told me that it often feels like they are living in the eternal present. Things happen around them, but it feels like watching someone dancing in a strobe light–a series of poses that might be connected, but there’s no linear path that they can track.

four faces looking up, down, sideways, and forward.