So once again the homework battle has reared its ugly head and is threatening to engulf the entire family like the hydra that never dies. I really don’t know what it is about homework that upsets Highschoolboy so much. It’s not like he doesn’t understand that he is supposed to do his work. That work does come before play and that play is part of life not life itself....more
The following blog was written the old fashioned way, by longhand, during the snowicane of 2010. As I sat in front of the fire and my head was spinning with what I would write about this adventure it dawned on me to use a writing implement and paper much like mankind had done for thousands of years before the advent of the computer. It was truly a revelation, one of several that would occur over these few days. So here is my musing about the events of the last four days, written as they occurred, in real time.
Almost on a daily basis we read in the paper or hear on the television about a child with autism who has been abused or even killed when restraints have been applied. Then in the alternative you read or hear about an autistic child who fights back from being restrained (would you allow someone to sit on you or hold you down or put you in a straight jacket willingly, so why should any autistic child?) and has been arrested by the local police....more
According to Bob Marshall of Virginia, kids like my son are a punishment for women who chose to abort previous pregnancies (something I actually chose NOT to do, ooh irony). From Newsleader.com:
We were sitting on the plane on our way to Paris and Louis was grinning from ear to ear when he was presented with a kid’s meal when dinner was served. I’m not sure why I even ordered it for him, I guess because I could. Many typical 12 year olds wouldn’t be that excited for the silly toy and applesauce. But Louis was....more
My son has autism. He's also quite lucky: he goes to a great school for students who need behavioral accommodations, is instructed by a teacher who both likes and understands him, and is supported by an extended team of curriculum supervisors, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and 1:1 aides. He has an iron-clad IEP (Leo cheat sheet and detailed Individualized Educational Plan), which everyone on his team constantly refers and defers to.
I have decided to put my two-cents in on an issue that has arisen in the autism community. Now you know that I generally do not talk about controversial issues. I did discuss healthcare, and have mentioned the holocaust on occasion, once in reaction to some anti-Semitic tweets I received on twitter. But in general I stay clear of vaccine, biomed, alternative treatments (like hyperbaric), DAN, Jenny McCarthy or anything that is considered a hot topic....more
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