Category Archives: CLARITY

To make progress in understanding on another
– Clear communication that tells what you expect.
– Clear communication shows what you expect.
– Clear communication avoids being abstract in what you dislike.

Family values can be unstated or stated – what are yours? Children and especially teens need clear direction and understanding of what family values parents and caregivers agree to. Family values when they are in the open and known by all members become a valuable tool to build cooperation and a family team. What is […]

Positive language provides children with clarity Children (especially tweens and teens) pay attention to positive language quicker than they listen (or even hear) negativity. Negative breeds negative and children can more easily understand words they can picture in their head (visualize). The day I tried to remove the word “not” when I talked to the […]

Live Abilities Strategy – This is our path. We believe in taking the ‘DIS’ out of ability. We value challenges and we face them with integrity. We learn to understand our differences and not let them hold us back. We cannot change the reality of our challenges. Knowing is our beginning! We nurture our spirits […]

Have you ever dared to listen to yourself when you’re talking and reflected of how many times you use the word no? How many times do you tell your kid what not to do instead of what you want them to do?

by Michael Ballard The I Can part of the language of resilience is about owning the issue and working towards completion or accomplishment. This language is spoken in present and or future tense about something to be done. We take the can’t out! I Can language includes: I Can Use my problem solving and creativity skills […]

by Michael Ballard The Language of Resilience – I Am assists the child (and ourselves) to reflect and assess how we are seen by ourselves and others. With patience and practice the language of resilience can apply to anyone including children and adults with special needs and challenges. The goal of the words “I AM” […]

The language we use, word choice, body language, tone of voice, rate of speech and the emphasis on each word and syllables has a profound impact on the children in our care and in our lives. How others hear us may be very different from how we hear ourselves. Researchers have found that above average […]

“Let’s change how people think. Let’s figure out why jobs are so hard to keep. Let’s figure out how to train employees. Let’s go for a grant,” he said. “Let’s make LiveAbilities, happen.” Five sentences later, I agreed. As with most grants they take time to write. I made sure the pilot would be a success […]

My father captured my energy by creating my “be still” spot and that began the harnessing of my delightfully chaotic energy. My preschool years landed me on an island with an armload of friends living in the rest home next door. They had happy face wrinkles and white hair. On the other side lived my […]

How a wild dog taught me how to guide persons to learn new skills with experiential learning. Makone arrived as an 80 lb, 11 month old, kenneled standard poodle filled with boundless energy and brains that had waited months to be turned on. In a blitz he was out of sight, down the road, around […]