Squidalicious

I'm the BlogHer Contributing Editor on parenting children with special needs, and I'm at your service. 

I've got three kids -- one of whom is autistic -- so the current playlist has parenting on heavy rotation. I am a kick-ass writer and editor, and have been blogging fearlessly and compassionately about parenting and autism since 2003, at www.Squidalicious.com. I'm also a co-founder and senior editor at  Thinking Person's Guide to Autism.

My work as an autism parenting and iPad advocate has been profiled in The New York Times, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Wall Street Journal, Redbook, PBS Parents, SF Weekly, and SF Gate. My radio interviews on autism parenting and blogging include KQED Forum, KCUR Central Standard, and News Talk KIRO. I've edited several anthologies and contributed stories to numerous books, including the award-winning My Baby Rides the Short Bus. I frequently speak at conferences, including BlogHer and UCSF Developmental Disabilities.

I'm an unabashed geek, so my enthusiasms often outstrip my social skills. But I'm always happy to answer (and ask!) questions.

Follow Up: Radiolab's Underwhelming "Juicervose" Autism Coverage

Mali, shortly after getting into a verbalsparring match with Demetri MartinAt a 2011 Radiolab show in Berkeley.[Image description: girl with beige skin andbrown fuzzy hair pulled back, wearingwire-framed glasses, smiling, wearing a multicolored long sweater,in front of a blue screen with white words inside a black box reading: "IN THE DARKwith Thao Nguyenand Demetri MartinPILOBOLUSRADIOLAB"] One week later, I am still so sad that Radiolab bungled their Juicervose autism episode. I've been wanting and waiting for them to do a truly autism-focused episode for just about ever. I even wrote about what I'd like to see in a Radiolab autism episode, in 2011 ....more

Amplify This: "Don't Murder Your Autistic Kids"

When we hear that a mother has tried to murder her own child, most people howl in agreement that the mother deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Most would be angry if that mother successfully plea bargained her attempted murder charge down to child abuse. Most people would not "understand" mothers abusing or murdering their kids ....more

So What if God is Change; Change Is Hard.

Anything different is bad. That is Leo's mantra. It's also mine ....more

Blogust: When Your Comments Save Lives

August = Blogust. And Blogust is the wonderful time of year when the UN Foundation's Shot@Life taps members of the social media milieu and Blogosphere, to use our synergistic connectivity to save lives: "Every time you comment on or share the Blogust posts, Walgreens will help provide a life-saving vaccine for children around the world who need them most."That means that every comment -- on this post, or on one of the Blogust14 posts that will be rolling out during this month of August -- is literally a chance to save a life, to get a vaccine to a child who otherwise would not get have that chance. It couldn't be easier, so please comment comment comment and spread the word.Here's more of what Blogust is all about: Image description: tiny beige-skinned girl,age 3, holding an inflated purple latexglove in front of her face ....more

Autism, Staycations, Patience, and Decompression

Image description: a beige-skinnedboy with brown hair, seen from behind,at a distance, swimming in a poolsurrounded by a beige railing & deckwith trees and blue sky behind and above Leo and I have had a lot of together time this week. It's a bit of a staycation. The rest of our immediate family is in Canada, ziplining over 500 ft chasms and watching firework festivals ....more

I Like Smart Smut And I Cannot Lie

I do love intelligent smut. A smart smutty novel is one of my favorite ways to decompress (and mental decompressing is key right now, after the wonderful whirlwind that was BlogHer14). Unfortunately, good smut can be hard to find ....more

Self-Pity Is for Suckers: BlogHer14's 10x10 Project

Image description: Red-headed dork holding papers,wearing a dress, speaking. In front of blue & purple BG.Photo credit: Marla/@DvinMsM This is the prepared text from my BlogHer 10x10 speech. Which went well, I think ....more

BlogHer14

The BlogHer14 conference is in one week, in fabulous downtown San Jose. I am speaking there. Twice! ...more

The Poppy Seeds

California poppies. Growing in my pavers.[Image Description: Bright orange-yellow flowers punctuating a small green bush, with long greenseed pods poking out at intervals, all growing in the seam between dark gray patio paver blocks] If you're a "life's little pleasures" sort like me, then perhaps you'll get why one of my favorite early summer activities is gathering California poppy seeds....more

Join Me in Busting Vaccine-Autism Myths

In less than 24 hours, I'll be the primary discussant in a Voices for Vaccines Conference Call and Twitter Chat about vaccines and autism. We'll be busting those vaccine-autism myths of course, but will also discuss how to be a vaccine advocate without inadvertently steamrolling autistic people like my son.Parents should be afraid of deadly diseases, not autism. Autistic people have always been here (and they deserve to be vaccinated, too) ....more