Author Archives: Shawn

Jersey Boys

If someone had told me that I would write two posts in a row about Bruce Springsteen, on a blog about parenting children on the autism spectrum, I’d have thought they were crazy.  Maybe I’m the crazy one, because here … Continue reading

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For My Wife

I’m not sure what I hate more: 1) big consumer industries telling me that on the 14th of February I need to show how much I love my wife by spending money on overpriced flowers, cards, candy, and jewelry or … Continue reading

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SJ’s First Post

This week, 9 year old SJ said that he wanted to write a comment about autism on my blog. I told him that if he had something to write, he could write a post. Here it is, unedited: I am … Continue reading

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Hope, Despair, and Everything in Between

My last post criticized the publishers of Parade magazine for inferring that there is no hope for Autism.  Much of my writing on this blog is intended to be hopeful, but it is unrealistic to expect us to be hopeful … Continue reading

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Is There Hope?!!!

The cover of today’s issue of Parade magazine found in many Sunday U.S. Newspapers has a cover story on Autism. The cover headline asks “Is There Hope for Autism?” Sorry for the language but, it pisses me off that, by … Continue reading

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Rants and Ramblings

A sudden surge in the demands of both parenting and work have kept me from writing lately. Here’s a few of the things I’ve been thinking about during my down time from writing. Rant: Jenny McCarthy. I admit that I … Continue reading

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Wrong Question Number 2

As I wrote a few weeks ago, MJ has been participating on a panel of adolescents, teens, and young adults speaking in public about their experiences on the autism spectrum. MJ spoke as part of another panel last week. As … Continue reading

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People That Understand You – Priceless

A few months ago, I wrote about people in Connecticut that were making a difference for individuals on the spectrum. MJ participates in a program called the FOCUS Alternative Learning Center that is run by one of the people I … Continue reading

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Mainstream Neurodiversity

While doing some casual surfing this evening, I found link to an article titled Top 5 Things Every Extrovert Should Know About Introverts. It’s on a blog about self improvement written by Brian Kim. The themes in Mr. Kim’s post … Continue reading

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Observations on Empathy

A recent experience has me rethinking and challenging some commonly held beliefs regarding autism and empathy. Continue reading

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