Monthly Archives: April 2011

Perspectives on friendship and other-ability: Country Mouse and City Mouse

I have been considering the way in which my son, H the Country Mouse, relates to his friend, City Mouse. They have known each other for almost seven years… since they were both diagnosed on the Autism spectrum. They are … Continue reading

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Siblings, stress, and love: A big sister’s view of autism

I have a beautiful daughter who will be 18 next week. Nika was almost 6 when H was born. He was like having a real baby doll and she was just awesome with him. Nika was precocious and very social: … Continue reading

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Transition woes: a quote and a note and possibilities…

Today a quote: And a note: So… it is April 28 and I am almost at the end of my 30-day-blog-adventure. There have been a couple of times when I have regretted that I began 3 days early and posted … Continue reading

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Resiliency and The Big Apple

This boy of mine has big plans: he is saving to go to New York City. I am not certain why he is so driven to get there, but I suspect it is a combination of wanting to relive Home … Continue reading

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“tic tacs”: a light-hearted look at autism intervention

Today I encourage you to think about tic tac candies. Yes, I mean the teensy little mints that come in the clear plastic dispenser. As a parent of a child on the Autism spectrum, I must admit that the tiny … Continue reading

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Approximating typical: navigating the label “high functioning autism”

School can be a difficult place for children on the Autism spectrum. It can be particularly tricky for those who approximate typical, who seem almost to be like everyone else. These are the children who are sometimes referred to as … Continue reading

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The grounding and magic of tradition: Meddlers be advised

Like many children with autism/Autistic children, H is drawn toward routine – it gives him comfort. He seeks it out and uses it to help him make sense and order of his world. We have deliberately established family traditions, as … Continue reading

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Together: Vygotsky, connections and the tipping point

Connecting in a small town… It is a small town: heavy on character, light on wireless technology. I had anticipated sketchy internet access – but there is none. I hope you appreciate that I had to sacrifice and come to … Continue reading

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The benefits of dial-up and the sketchy internet connection

Today I am not going to curse the bandwidth (or lack thereof) of the internet connection at my present location. I am going to connect with Craig, H, and Finnegan the Labradoodle, hang out, go for a walk, and possibly … Continue reading

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I am so not a morning person: the time shift exigency

I am seldom up earlier than I need to be – I am not a morning person! I stay up late – way too late – because I like to have some time in my own head – and I … Continue reading

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