A Whale of a Tablet Tail

That parasite-looking attachment on the back of my Xoom tablet is a cool new product from Octa called the ...more

Competence and Constant Vigilance

A persistent hindrance to increased independence for people like Leo is parents like me overlooking opportunities for self-care a ...more

Competence and Constant Vigilance

A persistent hindrance to increased independence for autistic kids like my son Leo is parents like me overlooking opportunities for self-care and competence ....more

Flummox and Friends: Making TV for Quirky Kids

When you were a kid, did you ever wish Schoolhouse Rock taught lessons about playground social dynamics as well as math and science? A socially awkward child like I was certainly could have used something like Flummox and Friends, the new "off-beat, live action television show designed to help kids navigate the social and emotional world." I talked with Christa Dahlstrom, Flummox and Friends creator, about why her show is so needed, why you and your kids should watch its pilot, and what her next steps will be....more
Great interview! I did a short follow-up on this too: http://www.iqjournals.com/?p=548more

Autism and Acceptance: Lisa Genova on Her Book, "Love Anthony"

I have low expectations for novels about autism, as the autistic characters in popular books like Rules, House Rules, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time are portrayed so negatively -- as inscrutable, unpredictable, unreasonable tyrants around whom fractured, exhausted, resentful families revolve. Those stories do no show my reality -- I adore my autistic son, and our family life is generally happy....more
Thank you for this fascinating interview of Lisa Genova.  I am the parent of a 21 year old son ...more

Apps & Autism: Presuming & Expressing Competence

I do my best strive to presume, cultivate, and recognize Leo's competence. To give him opportunities to access information and entertainment ....more

My Son the Punk

Tweet This boy has reached a new milestone, that of punk. When his older (new high schooler, obviously far cooler than we will ever be) sister decided to start calling me 'Mom' instead of 'Mommy,' and I protested and called in Leo for backup, asking him what my name is, did he say "Mommy"? No, he replied, "Mom!," then laughed impishly and right in my face. Punk. When, after working with him for weeks on washing his hair using ...more

Analysis of an Autism Parenting Fail

*Not* from the team ph ...more

My Son the Punk

This boy has reached a new milestone, that of punk ....more