Is Halloween Over?

  Halloween and Christmas are good gauges for growing up. As parents, we’re never quite ready for the changes.  They always seem to come too soon. But our kids let us know, in little, silent ways, when something, that was once important, loses its allure. The past few days, I’ve been reading a lot of…

Through My Eyes

One of the common beliefs about people with autism is that they see things differently. Temple Grandin, the world-renowned celebrity and architect of livestock facilities and contraptions, who also happens to have autism, has often said that she thinks in pictures.  Rather than having a method of sorting through thoughts verbally, with one word leading…

A Chorus for Change

Autism blogs abound. I had no idea how many there were, until I used “autism” as a search term in the Search section of my WordPress app.  Many, many, many blogs. The authors range the gamut: those who have grown up with the diagnosis those diagnosed late in life moms and dads whose children have…

Not Quite up to Snuff

Every parent of a special needs child has been there. You know the moment.  It’s when you realize that the therapy or activity you are considering, or the professional you have already hired, or the educational program you signed up for long ago, doesn’t quite live up to your expectations.  When you know it’s time…

The Grand Hotel Abyss

A considerable part of the German intelligentsia…have taken up residence in the Grand Hotel Abyss…  ”a beautiful hotel, equipped with every comfort, on the edge of an abyss, of nothingness, of absurdity.  And the daily contemplation of the abyss between excellent meals or artistic entertainments, can only heighten the enjoyment of the subtle comforts offered.”—Georg…

An Autism-Friendly City: A Sensory Garden for Parents

What is an autism-friendly city?   UPDATE:  (7/2/17) Here is a nice example of a pictorial social story type introduction to a place (the Riverwalk)in Tampa, FL, developed by University of South Florida Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.  They have plans to do a similar presentation for other local destinations.  I especially love the sensory…