5901 Green Valley Cir Ste 320, Culver City, CA
Jennie Linthorst presents, "Guided Expressive Writing for Families Living with ADHD"
Jennie Linthorst works with families with a range of special needs encouraging them to write out their feelings, challenges, and experiences. Too often, when we share our struggle out loud, others try to either fix it, or commiserate with us. And as well meaning as this response may be, it interrupts our own investigation of the experience, effectively shutting down our internal healing process. Writing, on the other hand, allows us to stay with our own internal experience so that we can follow the thread of our thinking to a place of fuller expression, greater clarity, and healing. During our time together, Jennie will share some of her own writings from Autism Disrupted: A Mother’s Journey of Hope, her collection of poems about her experiences grappling with life after her son's diagnosis. She will also lead the group through a journal writing process to help us explore our unique experiences as a parent or an adult living with ADHD. No writing experience necessary. Jennie Linthorst, MA, CAPF is an author, and founder of LifeSPEAKS Poetry Therapy. Jennie works privately with individuals and groups exploring their personal histories through reading and writing poetry. She is on the faculty of UCLA Arts and Healing and a writing instructor in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. Jennie is the author of two books of poetry published by Cardinal House Publishing. Her newest book, Silver Girl, captures the legacy of Jennie's early loss of her mother in childhood, and the sturdy adult life built from that experience. Her first book, Autism Disrupted: A Mother’s Journey of Hope, chronicles her first years as a mother of a child with special needs. Her poetry has been featured in Edison Literary Review, Forge, Sanskrit Literary Arts Magazine, Kaleidoscope, and Bluestem magazines. Her work has been featured online at Hopeful Parents, Our Journey Through Autism, Wellsphere, The SPD Blogger Network, and WOW! Women on Writing. More information can be found on her website at www.lifespeakspoetrytherapy.com.