BIC Wants To Save Handwriting - Is It Worth It?

 Dear BIC, Look, I know you mean well. You're trying to save a dying art - the art of handwriting....more

The Weight of a Word: Autism

When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. ...more

How to Talk With (and About) Autistic Human Beings

I’m currently in physical therapy to rehabilitate a surgically-repaired knee. The kind, competent therapists tend to make small talk, which invariably means fielding tentative, well-meaning questions about my autistic son. Which gives me the opportunity to model the way I'd like people talk and think about people like my Leo. ...more
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10 Myths About Learning Disabilities (and Why They’re False)

You’ve Been Duped!...more

Predicting happiness of couples raising an autistic child

What makes some couples who are raising a child with autism get divorced, while others thrive? Researchers at the University of Miami did some analysis of couples to find out.The scientists looked at things like:1. the impact of optimism (as an individual trait)2. social support3. spousal support4. coping styles5. benefit finding ("the bright side"?)They found that:1. Mothers had more social and instrumental support (vs. fathers)2. Moms and dads didn't differ in terms of partner support, optimism or relationship satisfaction...more

Independence Day Anxiety

This year  Independence Day felt just like any other day!We didn’t do anything special. We didn’t have a barbecue, have any visitors, or eat any special holiday foods.It was chilly a 62 degrees and cloudy. It was just a ho hum, hum drum, ordinary and kind of depressing day.But we were looking forward to taking Bethany to see the fireworks!...more
Vic_kies Sylvia Phillips That's too bad. I know the anxiety that causes you. I hope somehow we ...more

Sniff test may be an early detector of autism

Researchers in Israel have figured out that children with autism can't make adjustments to restrict airflow to their nose when inhaling something that smell bad. They sniff the same way whether something smells good or bad.Why? Sniffing is an internal action model (IAM), something that people with autism have that impairs sensory and motor coordination....more

To My Beautiful Lumen on Father's Day

When my ex-husband Keith and I decided to divorce, I thought my chances of having a second child at my age were no more.  When I reminded myself that there are other ways to conceive a child besides the conventional way, within a marriage, with a husband, I thought about my life and how I hadn't taken many traditional routes, hadn't done things in orthodox ways, and didn't altogether comprehend the lure of the mainstream....more

Suck it up--A realistic guide to parenting kids with Autism

I recently read several blogs talking about the anguish and tragedy involved in having a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Been there, done that, survived it—three times. You read that right--three. All three of our children (2 girls, 1 boy) had diagnoses on that magical spectrum before each one had turned four. FINALLY I was the overachiever my parents always wanted me to be!!!...more
My first visit to the Autistic room my son would be attending, I spoke to the teacher. He said ...more

Autism symptoms may be influenced by GI content

A new study using mice has found that dietary glycemic index could play a major role on autism symptoms.In the study, researchers found that mice (specially bred to have autism) following a high-GI diet exhibited the expected symptoms of autism, including repetitive actions and impaired social interactions.The mice also had less doublecortin in their brains; especially the region associated with memory. This is a protein indicator of newly developing neurons. ...more