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Kim Zeglinski, 2015 — 1,573 Views

Five Questions with Kim Zeglinski

KimZ-No-name-suitWhat motivates you?

I am motivated by excellence and truth. If it gives me goosebumps, or my eyes well-up with tears, or I’m moved to take some kind of action, then I know I’m having an authentic experience. (Children’s choral presentations, complete with sign language, get me every time!)

What do you do for a living, and why?

I’ve been an early years teacher in a variety of capacities for about 20 years. I’m currently a 1-on-1 Reading Recovery specialist, working with students in grade one. I love meeting kids where they are at, and having this unique and increasingly rare opportunity to work with students in intense individual instruction. What a gift to get to know a child’s unique individual strengths, and intuitively stretch them to build more. I’m passionate about teaching young children; identifying and meeting their needs as early as possible. (I am pursuing a course of study in school counselling with an emphasis on Expressive Arts Therapy through a partnership between the University of Winnipeg’s Faculty of Education and W.H.E.A.T. Institute)

Which TED talk do you think everyone should watch?

Why are you excited to speak at TEDxWinnipeg?

I am both excited and terrified. I feel extremely humbled to be counted among the fine panel of speakers at the 2015 TEDxWinnipeg event. As a writer-performer and spoken word artist, I am so excited to explore my potential, challenging myself to write and present in a whole new way.

What is your idea worth spreading?

The Fourth Impression: We make snap decisions about those we encounter based upon our first few impressions. In my experience with Asperger’s Syndrome, it takes about three tries for every hard thing. The most socially challenged among us, rely on social allies to cultivate opportunities to present a ‘fourth impression’ and mine the depths of their full social potential. Autism is a spectrum, with each identifier often described as being, “under the autism umbrella”…We’ve all wrestled with umbrellas in a storm, so how reliable a tool is an umbrella, anyway? “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism,” Dr. Stephen Shore

What’s your connection to Manitoba?

Kim Zeglinski was born and raised in Winnipeg’s North End and has never really left. In fact, she met her husband through a telephone dating service, only to end up one block away from where she grew up, in the house of a childhood classmate. Her parents originated in the farming communities of Stonewall and St. Jean Baptiste. Even though she has almost always been a city kid, her blood-memory is warmed by the sight of yellow fields, blue prairie skies, Northern lights, freshwater lakes, and hay bales. She spends the bulk of her summers taking in the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and decompressing at the family cottage in Victoria Beach. She is very active in Winnipeg’s arts community.

An Idea Worth Spreading

Autism is a spectrum, with each identifier often described as being, “under the autism umbrella”…We’ve all wrestled with umbrellas in a storm, so how reliable a tool is an umbrella, anyway? “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism,” -- Dr. Stephen Shore

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