Tag: autism

In Honor of Autism Awareness Month: A Very Special Interview With Holland

In Honor of Autism Awareness Month: A Very Special Interview With Holland
Most special needs parents are familiar with the essay “Welcome to Holland”, which compares having a disabled child with planning a trip to Italy but landing in Holland instead. The premise is that Holland is a perfectly fine place too; not where you were planning on going, but you get used to it and even... Read more »

Christmas Form Letters That Should Have Been: 2006

Hey-O! 2006 y’all! What a festering pile of months that was, huh? Audrey finally started walking in January. Sure would have been nice if she could have pushed that up a month or six so that I would have had something to brag on in last year’s letter! Everything was cool for a couple of months,... Read more »

Christmas Form Letters That Should Have Been: 2005

Christmas Form Letters That Should Have Been: 2005
In 2005, Christmas came shortly on the heels of my grand epiphany that Audrey had autism. In my grieving, I must have been somehow even more determined to put up a face of normalcy, because I had an embarrassment of riches picture-wise. I was bound and determined to get a picture of her sitting on Santa’s... Read more »
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Christmas Form Letters That Should Have Been

Christmas Form Letters That Should Have Been
Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be taking a walk down memory lane through some of the more eventful Christmases of my life, namely those when I was pregnant, just after I’d had my daughter, and those leading up to her autism diagnosis in 2006. With the exception of the 2003 edition,... Read more »

Robots As Autism Therapists? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Robots As Autism Therapists? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Robots as autism therapists are back in the news in this recent Los Angeles Times article about my buddy Bandit.  Researchers at the University of Southern California have been working for years on developing a robot for therapeutic use with children who have autism. I don’t know how to feel about this. The theory is... Read more »

The Adventures of Large Ass and Small Child

The Adventures of Large Ass and Small Child
I never read a blog before I started writing one.  In retrospect, that may have been a mistake.  Because once I started reading them, I noticed that many bloggers use pseudonyms for themselves and/or their children.  Oops.  I freely use my real first and last name, and Audrey is my daughter’s real name.  She does... Read more »
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If Only The Telephone Book Had Photos...

If Only The Telephone Book Had Photos...
Last year, Audrey’s school put together a little yearbook with pictures of all of the students and teachers. Audrey became quite consumed by it and flipped through it constantly. There were only about 25 children in her school, so she quickly memorized everyone’s names. She wasn’t very familiar with the kids in other classrooms, and probably never... Read more »

Top 10 Halloween Pet Peeves

Top 10 Halloween Pet Peeves
OK, I know it’s only October 11, but I figure that I’ll have at least ten more by the end of the month. 10)  When the trickee-treatee holds out a basket for Audrey to choose a piece of candy.  I always forget to prime her for this option, so she stands there paralyzed with indecision... Read more »

Where All My Autism Homies Be?

Where All My Autism Homies Be?
The CDC says that 1 in 110 children have autism, and the figure for boys is 1 in 70. So where are they all? It seems like I see 110 kids in just one trip to Target. On average, like 105 of them are screaming their heads off, but not because they’re autistic. Where all our... Read more »
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A Bad Case of Swamp Ass

A Bad Case of Swamp Ass
You know those writer’s memes that give you a topic, question, or device to get your creative juices flowing?  They always seem to be things like “tell me about a fond childhood memory” or “a time that you made your parents proud” or “write a letter to your 10 year old self telling her how much... Read more »