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  •  Actually, this is the Kanga Studio model I (6+ / 0-)

    just love.  It's a fully functioning apartment, they display it here in Austin outside a local flea-market.

    Kanga Studio

    I blog about my daughter with autism at her website

    by coquiero on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:17:03 PM PDT

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    •  that's an awesome one. (5+ / 0-)

      my daughter is 14, also. So, we also have time. We started talking about tiny houses last year. She's very into it.

      She has always loved tucking herself into small spaces. When she got to into a tiny house, she was just thrilled. So, I think it will suit her well.

      Your co-op idea sound genius! Leads me to wonder if a grouping of tiny houses would be suitable. I think my daughter might be okay with a couple of other people nearby, but they each have their own space.

      We have two housemates, now and she doesn't seem to have any issues with that, though. I think as long as people accept her for who she is, she's fine. I worry, because I've seen a lot of it, that she'll wind up around people who will push her to be different or tell her there is something wrong with her. She was in school for 6 years and came out of that with PTSD from being bullied by kids and from teachers telling her there was something wrong with her because they couldn't get her to follow their plans. Oddly, they would comment on how well she picked up subjects. On how they had never seen such a young student be able to apply lesson learned in one discipline to another discipline. But then they would complain that she doodled on the math worksheet and say that something was wrong with her. It's called boredom. They never once reported that she was disruptive or did anything destructive to anyone else or any property. They just didn't like that she was different. And they were constantly pressuring her to change. Before she went to school, she was quirky, but full of self-assurance. After years in school, she started hiding behind me all the time. Still, when we walk down a street, I have to encourage her to walk up next to me. It breaks my heart.

      She also learned that parents will take her friends away because she's different. Even friends who were clearly very happy to be with us. Most kids loved our house. Between me living with chronic illness and her quirky personality, most parents ended up removing their children from her life. Now, that she's 14 she's actually reaching out to a few of them and happily reconnecting on the sly via online communication. She doesn't forget people. Once someone is in her life and she has adopted them, she forever cares. It's just in her own little remote way.

      Anyway ..... a parent can blather on ....

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      by UnaSpenser on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:28:33 PM PDT

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