Category Archives: Parenting

Recovery

This is not a post about recovery from autism. If that’s what you’re looking for, move along; there’s nothing to see here. Recovery is a powerful concept for me. The word itself evokes ideas of struggling against powerful forces such … Continue reading

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Same as It Ever Was

Back when MJ was a toddler, he showed an intense interest in lights and switches particularly those on cars. Lights on cars were great, and switches to turn them on and off were even better. The pervasive interest was an … Continue reading

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Things I Learned at Disney World

We finally made the trip to Disney World that we’d been planning for about a year.  Things have been rather challenging the past few months and we considered canceling up to a week before we left, but we decided to … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Look at Me – NOT

I had the privelege a few months ago to listen to a panel comprised of teens and young adults with ASDs speak to a large group about what it is like for them to be autistic. The audience consisted of … Continue reading

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