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  • Autism risk is 'mostly genetic,' according to statistical analysis

    Autism News From Medical News Today
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The largest ever study into the heritability of autism finds that nearly 60% of autism risk is genetic. Also, these genes are mostly common among the general population.
  • First diagnostic criteria for Christianson syndrome

    Autism News From Medical News Today
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    A new study provides the most definitive characterization of the autism-like intellectual disability disorder Christianson syndrome and provides the first diagnostic criteria to help doctors and...
  • Peer-led intervention helps mothers of children with autism

    Autism News From Medical News Today
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Peer-led interventions that target parental well-being can significantly reduce stress, depression and anxiety in mothers of children with disabilities, according to new findings released in the...
  • Dr. Andy Wakefield - You Had Me at Microbiome

    Age of Autism
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:46 am
    By Teresa Conrick I have been reading and writing about the microbiome quite a lot so it was inspiring to be able to hear Dr. Andrew Wakefield discuss vaccine safety issues, autism and the microbiome here in Chicago earlier this...
  • Diagnostic criteria for Christianson Syndrome

    Autism News -- ScienceDaily
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    A new study provides the most definitive characterization of the autism-like intellectual disability disorder Christianson Syndrome and provides the first diagnostic criteria to help doctors and families identify and understand the condition. Initial evidence suggests CS could affect tens of thousands of boys worldwide.
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    Autism News -- ScienceDaily

  • Diagnostic criteria for Christianson Syndrome

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    A new study provides the most definitive characterization of the autism-like intellectual disability disorder Christianson Syndrome and provides the first diagnostic criteria to help doctors and families identify and understand the condition. Initial evidence suggests CS could affect tens of thousands of boys worldwide.
  • Genetic risk for autism stems mostly from common genes

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Using new statistical tools, scientists have discovered that most of the genetic risk for autism comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous glitches.
  • New clues to brain's wiring found by scientists

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    New research provides an intriguing glimpse into the processes that establish connections between nerve cells in the brain. These connections, or synapses, allow nerve cells to transmit and process information involved in thinking and moving the body. Researchers have identified a group of proteins that program a common type of brain nerve cell to connect with another type of nerve cell in the brain.
  • Personalized approach enhances communication skills in children with autism

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The communication skills of minimally verbal children with autism can be greatly improved through personalized interventions that are combined with the use of computer tablets, researchers report. The three-year study examined different approaches to improving communication abilities among children with autism spectrum disorder and minimal verbal skills. Approximately 30 percent of children with ASD overall remain minimally verbal even after years of intervention.
  • How the brain stabilizes connections in order to learn better

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Throughout our lives, our brains adapt to what we learn and memorize. The brain is indeed made up of complex networks of neurons and synapses that are constantly re-configured. However, in order for learning to leave a trace, connections must be stabilized. A team researchers has now discovered a new cellular mechanism to help understand this.
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  • Can you see the gaps?

    Mel Baggs
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:44 am
    In the voids inside my mind There’s an ocean, deep and dark At the bottom of the ocean There’s reflections of the stars If you can see the stars At the bottom, in the deep If you can see the rainbows That even the sun can’t reach If you can see me dancing Unaware of being watched If you can see the world Before a mind, before a thought If you see distant reflections Of reflections, of reflections And if you can see the deep, the dark The silence between worlds If you can see the void That stands in front of me If you can see how full it is And how empty it can be If you see what it’s…
  • What came before.

    Mel Baggs
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:46 pm
    If I could reach through the computer screen… I want to hand you a lapis lazuli ball So you can lose yourself in the deep blue And be dazzled by the gold specks. I want you to roll it over and over in your hand Gently nose it to feel its texture And weigh it in your hand. I want to hand you my black tourmaline egg So you can feel that unique texture I want you to hold it while you sleep And wake up to it, warm and slick in your hand I want to hand you my amber ring So you can watch the sunlight turn it into fire And watch the sun set inside it glittering red, orange, and yellow I want…
  • This is how I feel when I read a lot of posts about the Judge Rotenberg Center.

    Mel Baggs
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:18 am
    Close the Judge Rotenberg Center.  For the love of everything holy, close the Judge Rotenberg Center.  Stomp it into the ground and dance on its fucking ashes. But. You won’t be done. You’ll just have eliminated the most obvious of a huge number of places that torture and abuse their patients in the name of treatment. Skin shock is showy and scary and it makes a good story and it makes it easy to see what is hurting people. But people can be hurt just as bad or worse without it. People can be hurt just as bad or worse by places that don’t brag about the torture they…
  • Your politics have a problem when they contradict the real-life experiences of the people they’re supposed to be about.

    Mel Baggs
    30 May 2014 | 4:34 am
    Your politics have an even bigger problem when the people they’re supposed to be about, become afraid to describe our real-life experiences, for fear of angering the echo chamber.  And when we become afraid to describe our real-life experiences, that reinforces your idea that or real-life experiences don’t actually exist.  Which reinforces the idea that you’re right.  Which makes you feel even more justified in attacking anyone who happens to contradict you for any reason at all. I hate this. I hate it because I am afraid to say certain things about my life. Because I…
  • The real scarf.

    Mel Baggs
    27 May 2014 | 9:41 am
    This is a scarf my mother bought me during the holidays last year: Pinned to it was a note saying “to wrap around your heart”. I cried. Because it was a reference to this comic I wrote, about my experiences with delirium.  The scarf in the comic comes to symbolize a connection to the deepest parts of reality, the only thing I had to hang onto when I was severely delirious and disoriented.  And in real life, I use this scarf the same way.  I wear it when my mind isn’t working quite right and I want to maintain my hold on reality.  Things like this are really useful.  And…
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    Reports from a Resident Alien

  • Fear of disability

    Lisa D.
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:34 pm
    The fear of disability is an old fear, older than humanity itself.If you are a wild animal, being close by to another animal that is ill or acting oddly can be dangerous. You might catch the illness, or the animal's confusion could attract a predator that might hurt you both.So it is a natural instinct to stay away from those who are ill. It can be seen in humans most significantly in the disgust reaction. If you saw an infected wound, or a sore, or a person with a runny nose and red eyes, you would instinctively back away. That is a survival instinct and it's been around since we had…
  • Bittersweet News

    Lisa D.
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    I spend some time each day monitoring the news and maintaining the Autism Memorial site, and lately, things have been unusually quiet. This year so far, 2014, I've added only seven new people, mostly children. That there should be any is bad, but that the new cases are a trickle instead of a flood is somewhat hopeful.Recently, the killers of two autistic teenagers, guardians who were supposed to protect and teach them, were brought to justice.Brandon White, age 15, was killed by his mother's boyfriend, who tied him up and suffocated him. Brandon's killer was sentenced to 90 years,…
  • I am not a Killer

    Lisa D.
    24 May 2014 | 9:46 am
    You know that study, the one that's been in the news lately, about how lots of serial killers are autistic?This one?That study... Yeah, it's bad science, or bad journalism, depending on whether it's the researcher or the reporter who made the leap from "people say you have autism" to "you actually have autism".What they did was look at news articles about serial killers and mass murderers. Then they checked to see which ones the press had speculated about having ASD traits. About a quarter had had a newspaper reporter make that assumption about them. Only one,…
  • Autism allies

    Lisa D.
    1 May 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Allies are not the people who assume that they know what is best for us, and try to speak for us.They are the people who, when we speak for ourselves, will hold up a megaphone so that the world can hear us.Whether we speak by writing essays, by handing someone a picture card, or by biting a hated therapist, we need to be heard. Allies are the people who make sure that happens.
  • My Splinter Skill

    Lisa D.
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Among the uninformed, autism is often associated with savant syndrome. You know--Rain Man, counting cards. Or calendar calculation, or memorizing books, or drawing something with photographic accuracy after having seen it once. It's always flashy and exotic-seeming, like savant syndrome is so hugely outside everyday experience that autistic people may as well be performing animals instead of people.So here's the reality: Only about 10% of autistics have a savant skill, and it's a lot less flashy than Rain Man. It's just a skill that you're so naturally good at that you…
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    Whitterer on Autism

  • Post trumps Male

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Talking of family matters, one of my stories is included in the Not Your Mother’s Book on Family.   NYMB available on Amazon and other independent booksellers such as Powell’s which also has my other contribution in Not Your Mother’s Book on Being a Mom. Which had a great review in The Northern Star.
  • Cultural and Societal Acceptance

    13 Jul 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Talking of family matters, one of my stories is included in the Not Your Mother’s Book on Family.   NYMB available on Amazon and other independent booksellers such as Powell’s which also has my other contribution in Not Your Mother’s Book on Being a Mom. Which had a great review in The Northern Star.
  • Ground dwellers

    6 Jul 2014 | 11:02 pm
  • Diction

    29 Jun 2014 | 11:29 pm
  • Role Play

    22 Jun 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Talking of family matters, one of my stories is included in the Not Your Mother’s Book on Family.   NYMB available on Amazon and other independent booksellers such as Powell’s which also has my other contribution in Not Your Mother’s Book on Being a Mom.
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    Left Brain Right Brain

  • NYC’s Korean Community Launches Autism Hotline

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Ask someone about autism and Korea and, if you get any answer at all, you will likely hear about the whole population prevalence study that showed 2.64%. What about autism in Korean communities outside Korea? The U.S. has large Korean populations, especially in Los Angeles and New York. And these communities are terribly underserved. Autism Speaks, George Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania have teamed up with the Korean Community Services (KCS) of Metropolitan New York to create a hotline for autism information. Two people I respect greatly are involved with this: David…
  • Press Release: Common gene variants account for most genetic risk for autism

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    This press release is from NIH: Common gene variants account for most genetic risk for autism Common gene variants account for most genetic risk for autism Roles of heritability, mutations, environment estimated – NIH-funded study Most of the genetic risk for autism comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous glitches, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have found. Heritability also outweighed other risk factors in this largest study of its kind to date. About 52 percent of the risk for autism was traced…
  • New Study: Most genetic risk for autism resides with common variation

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new large study on autism genetics just came out: Most genetic risk for autism resides with common variation. The study is in Nature Genetics, one of the top journals. The study is the latest in the evolved view of autism genetics. Contrary to political statements made by some groups, autism genetics is not about searching for a single “autism gene”. Here’s a quote from the CNN Blog that makes this clear: Chris Gunter, an autism researcher at the Marcus Autism Center and professor at the Emory University School of Medicine, says the findings of this study are similar to…
  • Is Boyd Haley resurrecting OSR#1 as a chelator?

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Boyd Haley was a professor of chemistry who was very active in the failed thimerosal-causes-autism movement. He earned extra notoriety for trying to coin the phrase “mad child disease” (yes, a variation of mad cow disease) for autistic children. He also found notoriety for marketing a synthetic chemical as a “nutritional supplement”, calling it OSR#1. Prof. Haley is certainly persistent. He’s working on a clinical trial. How did this come to pass? Well, one of the professors in Prof. Haley’s department found that a certain compound could effectively treat…
  • Robert Kennedy, where did you go wrong? And I’m not talking about thimerosal.

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Robert Kennedy is one of the Kennedy’s. He also is known within the autism communities for his irresponsible and flawed “Deadly Immunity” article which appeared in Rolling Stone and and which fueled much of the conspiracy theory mindset in a generation of autism parents. That was almost 10 years ago. A year or so back, Mr. Kennedy appeared at the AutismOne parent convention talking about thimerosal again. It’s hard to find a more receptive audience for his message. AutismOne is a staunch supporter of failed ideas like thimerosal and MMR cause autism.
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    Susan's Blog

  • Loving Nat

    Susan Senator
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Loving Nat — The Jewish Advocate, July 11, 2014 My day suddenly became very dark when I got the call: “Nat’s had an incident.” This happened when he was at his most anxious, and we did not know why. He was biting himself. Yelling, stomping. He’d punched a wall, apparently. He had to leave the store he was in. No, Nat, no! I moaned in my head. Not after all your hard work. Nat is 24 and has autism, alleged developmental delay, possible sensory issues, suspected processing disorders, really a whole smorgasbord of challenges and disabilities. He also has a keen eye for detail, an…
  • Are We Sure We Should Close All Sheltered Workshops?

    Susan Senator
    12 Jun 2014 | 2:40 pm
    How to balance the will of the majority with the needs of the few? In the case of the Inclusion movement, balance may prove elusive. Like so many movements, the cause of disability rights is saddled with a heavy history that advocates now want to be sure to avoid. In the past we had institutions. The documented abuse that inmates suffered is the stuff of horror films. Now the trend is to close all sheltered workshops. Vermont and Massachusetts are among the first to take measures towards that goal. Of course; these are two of the most progressive states in the country, and sheltered workshops…
  • Great Father’s Day Book

    Susan Senator
    10 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    PERFECT FOR FATHER’S DAY! I just found out that my New York Times “Lives” column from 2010 is being published in a small NYT anthology of Lives columns, “Moms and Dads” From the Lives Column.   Available at the following places: Featured TBook this month, available for free (?) to Times subscribers, iTunes,  Amazon, B&N And elsewhere.
  • No Wholesale Blame; Instead, Reframe

    Susan Senator
    28 May 2014 | 9:33 am
    The Washington Post, which ran a story last week about how a new study is attempting to tie autism to serial killing. The Post published the article even though researchers involved were quick to point out that their work was nowhere near complete. And for those who had the patience to read through to the end, it also became clear that the study was based on some very spurious techniques (such as looking at certain historic killers and speculating about their lack of eye contact, their inability to empathize). To its credit, the Post quoted The Autism Society of America, a longtime advocacy…
  • One Size Does Not Fit All

    Susan Senator
    23 May 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The institutions are closing. The sheltered workshops are closing. Group homes must be small or else they come under suspicious scrutiny. We don’t want people being clumped together by disability. We don’t want people isolated anymore. Damn right. We want inclusion. Ah, Inclusion. That beacon on a darkened sea, that oasis in the dessert. The siren song that lures the autism parent onto the rocks. Hey, I’m all for it. Really. How could I not be? Inclusion is about fairness. Inclusion beckons the outlier into the warmth of the crowd. Soon after Inclusion, there is no more…
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    Life With Joey

  • Who Knows Best

    30 Jun 2014 | 5:10 pm
    "Hey Mom!" Andy shouts from the door, "can I go with M to the pool?" He already has his swim stuff on. They are headed to the big public pool. Having a friend around the corner is big excitement for Andy, and he is totally enjoying it. We are fabulously lucky. They are awesome people, and they love Joey, too. M's little sister T is particularly fond of Joey, because they seem to talk at the same wavelength, even though she is younger."Do you want to go to Big Pool with Andy and M?" I ask Joey, calculating how long it will take me to get into a suit myself, and what would need to be packed to…
  • Positive Reinforcement

    11 Jun 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Joey has discovered Facebook. No, he doesn't have his own account, he isn't old enough for one. I haven't let him start a side page from my account, either. However, he has figured out that Facebook communicates with people. It's kinda awesome.It started with photos. I started asking him if it was OK to put photos of him on Facebook. Although the response was almost without exception the "yeah" he gives that makes me wonder if he actually processed what I said, or just gave a vague answer because he knew I had asked a question and expected one, I now suspect he was paying more attention that…
  • Cracked

    10 Jun 2014 | 6:49 pm
    I have advice for every sane person on the planet: never read the comments on news sites. Comment sections have becomes fuming bastions of ignorance, hate, and widespread evil, stewing in tempting little bites of illogical nonsense that make one want to scream at the computer at 2 am.Heaven forbid that article bring up the issue of special needs services or mental health services. Or both.The general consensus out there appears to be that people who need help for their kids should go out there and get it. What's wrong with those parents, anyway? Lazy, selfish beasts raising brats to run wild,…
  • Please stand by

    29 May 2014 | 6:42 am
    I look over the charts, the data, the evals and explanations and IEPs, my son's life in black and white and red all over. I ponder how much of this information is accurate, how much is not, and how much gets steamed out by pressing all these numbers onto a piece of a paper in a printer.It's a big IEP day for us. With all the depression, the anger, the helplessness, the sound, and the fury.I may not even get to tell you today what is happening, or why.I just wanted to send a thank you out to my readers for being here with us today. For caring about us. For reading along as we clack up the hill…
  • Living Joyously and Laughing Freely

    24 May 2014 | 7:30 am
    Happy anniversary to my love and my joy, Allan.Seventeen years in the blink of an eye. Love growing with you! The world has been more limitless than we imagined. So glad to have you as my partner in exploration.
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    Adventures in Autism

  • Invisible Threat: Ugh.

    Ginger Taylor
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    I've been gone for a long time doing Health Choice and media work... please forgive... blah blah blah...So tonight I was down in Portland for some business meetings, and after the first Scott and I walked two blocks to Starbucks for a coffee.  I was at the table when he brought my drink and dropped a piece of paper in front of me.  "Look what I found on their bulletin board."It was a flier for the new "hit" vaccine propaganda piece, "Invisible Threat."  (Since when to people who are in a film, review the film? Oh wait... HHS owns patents on the vaccines it licenses and…
  • I Refuse To Be Enlisted Into The "Mommy Wars"

    Ginger Taylor
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    So the attack on vaccine resistant parents in the media this "autism awareness month" has been nothing like any of us has ever seen before.  Even Paul Offit has taken a departure from his oh so laid back and wise doctor act to get nasty on us.  Pharma needs not only for parents to be ok with the current recommended schedule, but to be open to the open ended vaccine schedule that will include the 200 or so vaccines they have in their development pipeline.  They do not want to come to terms with the fact that their market has reached it saturation point and it is all downhill…
  • Annual Birthday Fundraiser

    Ginger Taylor
    30 Jan 2014 | 8:20 pm
    As today is my 29th... I mean 34th birthday, I will celebrate me by focusing on me. If my work has been of service to you this past year, I hope you will consider putting a little birthday gift in the tip jar.Thank you for being my community and my support.  
  • New Years To Do: Opt Out of Your State Vaccine Database

    Ginger Taylor
    29 Dec 2013 | 8:30 pm
    Today the Washington Post printed a story entitled, "2013 is the year that proved your ‘paranoid’ friend right."  So now that we are all on the same page that the US government is completely run amok, is all up in in everyone's business, and that those of us who trusted that it would look out for our own good (rather than the corporate $$$ interests of their donors or their own profit and power) were naive babies... and that none of the three branches give a crap that you don't like what they are doing... let's look forward to how to avoid the next thing that they are gonna do to…
  • Vaccine Trials Course at Johns Hopkins University, Institute of Higher Brain Washing. I Mean... Learning.

    Ginger Taylor
    11 Aug 2013 | 1:47 pm
    So biomed mom Shannon Strayhorn took a class on from my alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, on vaccine trials.  She offers us a little insight into the brain washing that is taking place inside the halls of "higher learning."So I took a class this summer from Johns Hopkins on VAX trials.  The class was "Vaccine Trials: Methods and Best Practice".  I started taking as many vaccine/health/eviro health classes as possible because I think we need to approach the subject from every imaginable way. Knowing what is being taught and what kind of conversations are bring had is…
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    Kim Stagliano

  • Blueberries!

    Kim Rossi Stagliano
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
  • Momjas

    Kim Rossi Stagliano
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    Training every week with Lisa and Maria at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts is a joy. Maria and I tested last month. Lisa tests soon for her next black belt kyu. Osu!
  • Karate Girl Street Fight: Why Women Should Train

    Kim Rossi Stagliano
    15 Jun 2014 | 10:47 am
    This video shows actual technique we learn in the dojo in traditional Karate - in "bunkai" or application. It's choreographed, of course, but conveys the message that Karate is about self-defense and having an arsenal of ideas to fall back on in case of emergency.  Few of us will ever be in a street fight with 5 or more attackers. But any of us can face an attack coming out of the grocery store, the mall or even in our own homes. Get your daughters into a dojo. Join yourself. I was 47 when I first put on a gi.  You don't have to be fit or thin to start - you just have to have a…
  • Matayoshi Okinawan Weapons at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts

    Kim Rossi Stagliano
    31 May 2014 | 1:51 pm
    So fortunate to have had a weeklong seminar with Kyoshi Andrea Guarelli at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts in Trumbull, CT. We trained 5 and 6 hours a day and tested. Maria snd i are running away to Verona, Italy to train every day! Kyoshi Torri (owns Hanko Ryu), Lisa V., Jeremy A., Kyoshi Guarelli, James A., moi, Maria B.Bo staff kata. Sai kata.Watching. Absorbing.Kama kata. Tonkuwa kata.
  • Bakery On Main Granola Sandwich Cookies

    Kim Rossi Stagliano
    18 May 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Target had this great brand Bakery On Main  on sale so I snatched up every bag.  I made a chocolate chip cookie base (gluten free) and a peanut butter fudge protein cream filling. A new lunch for the girls this week. Recipe? Hmmm, I wing it but here is a try.1 cup Spectrum butter flavor shortening1/2 cup sugar1/2 Brown sugarMix until smoothAdd 2 eggs mixAdd 1 tsp vanillaCombine 1 1/2 cup Pamela's Artisan GF baking mix, 1 cup GF granola, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt in bowlAdd to wet ingredientsAdd walnuts, raisins, chips as desiredBake 350 10-12 min based on sizeI use…
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  • I'm BlogHer14 Bound. Are You?

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:58 pm
    The BlogHer14 conference is in one week, in fabulous downtown San Jose. I am speaking there. Twice! As you might have guessed by all those banners to the left. Are you coming to the conference? If not, here is the agenda and how to register*. Please come. Because I am freaking out a bit. Old-timey camaraderie at BlogHer '06: SJ & Laura & my natural hair color.I am not freaking about speaking, not so much. I speak all over the place all the time (plus I spoke at BlogHer '08, BlogHer '10, & BlogHer '11). Speaking is monologuing and that is easy; small talk, & conversations with…
  • The Poppy Seeds

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    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. Our poppies reseed themselves all over our yard (and between our pavers) without our help, of course, but it's tremendous, satisfying fun to pluck the just-ready, slightly dried pods and have them pop…
  • Join Me in Busting Vaccine-Autism Myths

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Update 7/12: Here is the full transcript of my talk, with links to the Storify Twitter Chat and an audio recording of the entire event.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). But because of…
  • The Bloody Shirt

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Routine FTW [Image Description:Close up of young man with beige skin& curly short brown hair, looking pensive.]We just returned from a San Diego vacation -- essentially Camp Grandma. These visits are generally golden times, especially during the summer when we spend large parts of our days as ocean-dwelling dolphins. My mother kindly lets our crew invade her close-enough-to-the-beach-to-walk home several times each year, so we've established routines like daily morning walks to the three round trip miles Best Coffee in San Diego, where Leo's parents can get caffeinated and Leo himself can…
  • One Healthier Autistic Dude

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:46 am
    Last year at this time, Leo met with an endocrinologist to assess his health. Partially due to the medication he takes to help him manage his anxiety, he had elevated blood sugar and triglycerides. The first put him at risk for diabetes, the second for pancreatitis. Both of those conditions, in case there are any doubts, are best avoided if possible. The endocrinologist recommended eliminating sugar from his diet, increasing exercise,Leo walking the new Devil's Slide trail.[Description: teenage boy with a blue & orange jacket and gray shorts, seen frombehind, walking the dashed yellow…
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  • I Cut My Hair Off

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Yeah, so I made a major change at the beginning of this month: the day before Independence Day; how appropriate. I didn't post a dramatic, teasing, heading-to-the-salon "before" photo in real-time, or snap a pic of a mountainous pile of hair or anything like that. I posted a quick "before/after" comparison thing (with photos I took mere hours apart) just for fun on Instagram (at left) and then changed my profile pic on social media without any commentary, just to see what people would say. I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Yin and Yang

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    My family spent five days at a beach house last week. It was an amazing time: sitting in a beautiful house overlooking the beach, exploring tidepools, dodging waves, walking on pretty trails, biking around the quiet neighborhood, eating bread from a delicious local bakery, and playing various sports in the yard. I wasn't 100% "off duty" on work. I never am. But, doing work while overlooking the ocean is vastly different than the usual. I had a wonderful time with my family; and my family had... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lonely

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
    There are some days when I really wish I had a sister. Or a daughter. But, I have neither. There are some days I really wish I was not a woman. To admit that makes me weak. Just the thing that I hate about being female. But I don't want to be a guy, either. I'm in a house full of men. That's not the point. I want a safe space to just be myself. I want someone to understand. Not to judge. #YesAllWomen really hit me hard Because it is true. And somehow the guys were... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Meta

    30 Jun 2014 | 4:23 pm
    If something funny, sad, inspirational, or odd happens, it used to be that I'd think, "Ah, better make it a blog post!" These days, the short stuff goes on Twitter, some of the medium stuff goes on Facebook, and photos of course go on Instagram. I miss writing. I miss talking about things that matter to me. I still have thoughts that I want to develop, but whether they are worthy of public posting is another matter. It is funny, but the value I place on my own opinions extends to others'... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Boat in Argentina

    15 Jun 2014 | 12:28 pm
    With the season of graduation, I'm definitely having a big case of nostalgia and shock, although not as strong as what will happen next year when both my boys will be promoted from their current schools into the next great academic adventure. I'm not happy about how the numbers the kids have left at home are dwindling, and yet I'm amazingly proud of the young men that they have become, and are becoming. They are still "young," I know. But for both of them, they've spent more time at home... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Noise Dysregulation and Running Regulation

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:04 pm
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  • Mile Zero, Smile Eight Million

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:13 pm
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  • Time Keeps on Slippin’

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:34 pm
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  • Coming Home and the Presentation of Souvenirs

    29 Jun 2014 | 7:45 pm
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  • This Is Likely to End With the Adoption of 800 New Stimey Cats

    21 Jun 2014 | 8:28 pm
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    Facing Autism in New Brunswick

  • It's Still "Gotta Be Genetic" as Autism Genetic Research Re-Invents Itself Yet Again

    H L Doherty
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
      National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences:  Gene-Environment Interaction: Nearly all diseases result from a complex interaction between an individual’s genetic make-up and the environmental agents that he or she is exposed to.Genetic research has maintained a near monopoly over autism causation research dollars for many years and with that financial monopoly the belief that autism disorders are necessarily genetically caused or triggered. If holes appear in existing gene theories of autism causation the autism research world regroups and sends up a new…
  • Why ABA for Autism? Because Children with Autism Disorders Deserve Evidence-Based Intervention and ABA Meets That Standard

    H L Doherty
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Autism Canada Foundation, a Canadian autism charity,  promotes itself as "The PREMIER Resource for Information on Autism Spectrum Disorders" but  typically downplays the importance of evidence support for ABA as the Premier autism intervention while promoting interventions with less substantial  evidence bases as determined by study and  credible authorities.  Why criticize Autism Canada Foundation an autism charity? Why ABA for Autism? Why Evidence Based Intervention?  Because, as stated by Couper and Sampson in the Medical Journal of Australia 11 years…
  • Dear Canada Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance: Important Autism News for Your Members

    H L Doherty
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
      The fight for a REAL National Autism Strategy including Medicare coverage of ABA for autism began more than 15 years ago in courts in BC and in  the offices of Fredericton MP Andy Scott, joined by Nova Scotia MP Peter Stoffer, former PEI MP Shawn Murphy,  and  Ontario MP Glenn Thibeault and has  continued under the leadership of the Medicare for Autism NOW! organizaton.Members of CASDA, the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance, might be interested in the strong federal NDP  statementof commitment to a REAL National Autism…
  • Election 2014: Will Severely Autistic Adults Continue to Suffer Under An Alward Government As They Have Since 2010?

    H L Doherty
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    New Brunswick has made progress in early intervention and student autism services but adult autistic needs, particularly severely autistic adults, have been ignored, completely ignored during the last 4 years.  The article below originally appeared during the last provincial election period posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2010.   Zero progress, absolutely zero progress has been seen in adult autism care under the Alward government. Everyone has their priorities but for David Alward adults with severe autism disorders are not even on his list. Today we still banish…
  • NDP Continues Strong Leadership for A Real National Autism Strategy

    H L Doherty
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
     Tom Mulcair, Leader of Canada's Official Opposition NDP &  Glenn Thibeaullt,  Sudbury NDP MP Further to my question to NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau about their parties' support for a real National Autism Strategy I have received the following reply from NDP Leader Mulcair:Dear Mr. Doherty,Thank you for writing. We appreciate hearing of your advocacy work on behalf of your son and all individuals living with autism spectrum disorders.Please be assured that New Democrats are determined to help put the needs of Autistic children on the…
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    ASF Blog

  • 24-Hour Livestream Gaming Event Raises over $16,000 for ASF

    15 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    On July 2, 2014, Rikki Cabler of Sullivan, Indiana hosted the second annual RJC Memorial Charity 24-Hour Livestream. This 24-hour online-gaming event united gamers, or rather “Mechwarriors”, from around the world to show their support for autism. Surpassing its goal of $10,000, this event raised over $16,000 for the Autism Science Foundation. Approximately one thousand gamers entered the No Guts, No Galaxy online community to participate in the RJC Memorial Charity event. Rikki and colleagues encouraged gamers to participate by reminding them, “Nearly every Mechwarrior knows someone…
  • Should We Believe the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Estimates?

    12 Jun 2014 | 6:44 am
    Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice has published an important and interesting new editorial by Dr. David Mandell and Dr. Luc Lecavalier that challenges the methods the CDC uses to collect and publish autism prevalence data, now at 1 in 68. While acknowledging that tracking ASD is no easy task, the authors question whether the CDC’s surveillance studies should be used as a basis for estimates of prevalence. Read the full article here. Filed under: autism
  • Costs of Autism Spectrum Disorders in the United Kingdom and the United States

    9 Jun 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Having an accurate estimate of the economic cost of autism has many implications for service and system planning. The most recent estimates are almost a decade old and had to rely on many estimates for which there were no good data. Today in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers, including ASF Scientific Advisory Board member Dr. David Mandell, updated older estimates and further expanded our understanding of costs by estimating them for two countries: the United States and the United Kingdom. They also estimated costs separately for children and adults, and for individuals with autism with and…
  • IMFAR 2014: A Refreshing Refocusing

    29 May 2014 | 9:02 am
    By Rachel Zamzow The International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in Atlanta, GA brought together 1,800 scientists, clinicians, sponsors and stakeholders for the purpose of exchanging ideas, fostering collaborations and ultimately examining the current state of autism research. The meeting also represented a refocusing within the field, as keynote speakers and presenters called the scientific community to adjust how major questions in autism research are approached. One call for change involved embracing and addressing the inherent heterogeneity of autism. The notion that hundreds,…
  • Thoughts on World Autism Awareness Day

    2 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    By Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. Founding Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair in Tropical Pediatrics   Today is the seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day, a day when organizations committed to autism research, advocacy, or policy promote awareness through events and public discussions. As both a scientist and a father of four – one of whom is an adult child with autism (as well as other mental and physical disabilities) and a second who is actually doing her Ph.D. on the developmental psychology of autism – I am often asked to speak…
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    Autism Blogs Directory

  • Summer Reading: From the Light to the Trancendent

    K Wombles
    12 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    For me, the summer leaves me feeling scatterbrained. Too much noise, too much going on. Chicken Soup for the Soul books provide a quick break, a breather, and a chance to focus.The best part of Chicken Soup's books is the diversity of topics. You can find any topic that interests you, and then get dozens and dozens of different author's stories. And because the stories are short, it's okay if you only have five minutes to spare.Above I've placed six of Chicken Soup for the Soul's newest books, books I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.
  • A Review of Eric Fischer's Collected Works of Poetry

    K Wombles
    30 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    "a greatness beyond all possibility of calculation, measurement or imitation"Purchases of this book go to support Eric's care of his son Segev.Preferred purchase link is the book is available on Amazon as well.I've been following Eric Fischer's blog about his beautiful and profoundly disabled son Segev for several years. Segev has a condition known as Ohtahara Syndrome, which is a progressive disease involving seizures that often don't respond very well to medication. Eric has spent the last sixteen years taking care of his son, who…
  • No Consensus to be had: Recognizing Compassion is not Condoning

    K Wombles
    28 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    In September last year, we were horrified when a member of our community tried to kill her daughter and herself. Friendships were ended over the divide in how to handle the situation. I lost a person I considered a close friend over what I still believe was a miscommunication rather than a real difference of opinion.This last week a Canadian single mother of a severely autistic teenage son killed her son and herself and once again the community erupted and people find themselves on opposing sides.Part of this is truly a difference of opinion. There are those of us who are horrified at how the…
  • Inclusion means everyone-or when special isn't open letter to Special Olympics Maine

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Cross posted from autismherd. Please share! contact info is Phil Geelhoed   To whom it may concern-or Hey Person who picked the venue for today's state swim meet! I sat at the special Olympics today. It should have been wonderful.  It is not often that people with disabilities (either physical or developmental) are able to get together without judgement to participate in sporting events.But it wasn't wonderful. I sat there and quietly seethed because I knew of at least one individual who worked equally as hard-but was unable to participate. This…
  • 15, autistic and wary of awareness...

    29 Mar 2014 | 8:48 am
     ~"These are the things that require neither signs nor       labels. Churches, coffins, and urinals all proclaim,This is what I am.No questions asked."~ Andrew Smith~Grasshopper Jungle(cross posted from   Autism awareness month is about to rear it's weird head..and I have been wondering (after five plus years of blogging)- what more I could say about it. By this point everyone is aware-so, now what? Really? What does awareness mean or do anyway?  This past week-I have learned what it means to my Sam.(I didn't even know that…
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    Different Roads to Learning Blog

  • Simplifying the Science: Are You Giving Your Student Enough Freedom?

    Different Roads to Learning
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    One of my favorite research papers was published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis in 1990 by Diane J. Bannerman, Jan B. Sheldon, James A. Sherman, and Alan E. Harchik. The title is Balancing the Right to Habilitation with the Right to Personal Liberties: The Rights of People with Developmental Disabilities to Eat Too Many Doughnuts and Take a Nap. It’s an in-depth look at the level of control practitioners can exert over the individuals they serve, and the implications of that control. It’s important to consider the ethical implications of requiring the individuals we…
  • Pick of the Week: Following Auditory Directions—Improve Auditory Processing of Visual & Spatial Information

    Different Roads to Learning
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    Improve auditory attention, processing, and memory of visual and spatial information with Following Auditory Directions by SLP Jean Gilliam DeGaetano, and save 15%* on it when you apply our promo code FAD15 at checkout! With 33 different cartoon illustrations and accompanying instructor directions, this unit will help your students stay engaged and attentive, as they listen carefully and translate auditory directions onto their picture pages. Each instructor’s page also has directions so that parents may review lessons at home as needed. Example directions include: Circle the picture…
  • Tip of the Week: Use Technology to Promote Social Interactions Between You and Your Child

    Sam Blanco
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Last month I had the privilege to speak in New Jersey at the 2014 Statewide Conference for Fathers of Children with Special Needs. I love the opportunity to speak with parents, and this conference allowed for lots of small group discussion that centered on the individual needs of each of the families represented there. My focus was on utilizing technology, and one of the fathers said, “You know, I see what you’re saying about how I can use the iPad to increase social interaction, but my son won’t do that with me. When I try to work with him on the iPad, he just wants to go to Temple…
  • Pick of the Week: I Can Do That! – Learn prepositions and self-awareness with a Dr. Seuss classic!

    Different Roads to Learning
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    Practice motor skills, learn prepositions, and develop self-confidence with the award-winning Cat in the Hat I Can Do That! Game. This week only, save 15%* on your order of the I Can Do That! Game by entering or mentioning promo code CATHAT4 at check-out! This wacky, fun-filled game will have young players moving all about as the Cat in the Hat comes to play. Flip over three cards to create a new challenge. Can you slide under the Trick-a-ma-stick with the toy boat on your head, or jump up and down with the cake between your elbows? Players will have a blast as they practice early reading…
  • Tip of the Week: Teaching Language—Focus on the Stage, Not the Age

    Different Roads to Learning
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    Teaching language skills is one of the most frequent needs for children with autism, but also one of the most misunderstood skillsets amongst both parents and practitioners. The desire to hear your learner speak in full sentences can be overwhelming, making it especially difficult to take a step back and consider what it means to communicate and how communication skills develop in neurotypical children. Many times we get hung up on what a child should be capable of communicating at a certain age, rather than focusing on what they are capable of communicating at this stage of development.
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    Asperger's Diary

  • Barriers to Effective Medical Care for Autistic Adults

    Lynne Soraya
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:33 pm
    A recent visit to the hospital underlined for me the challenges of getting medical care when you're on the autism spectrum. read more
  • Discussing Evil: The Problem of “Us” and “Them”

    Lynne Soraya
    9 Jun 2014 | 7:46 pm
    "There's a pattern that has existed in my life for as long as I can remember. Not only do I do it, many other people that I know do it as well. I learn about some type of problem—a robbery, a shooting, a murder...I close my eyes for a moment, and then I brace myself as I await more information. And all the while one thought/prayer/chant/fear is running through my head..."read more
  • When You Can’t Remember & When You Can’t Forget

    Lynne Soraya
    5 May 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Recently, a segment of the news program 60 Minutes profiled individuals (such as actress Marilu Henner) who have HSAM, highly superior autobiographical memory. What I found most interesting in the story was their descriptions of how their condition affected them emotionally and socially. Some of it felt very familiar. read more
  • Using Structure To Help Autistic Kids Build Flexibility

    Lynne Soraya
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:42 am
    A few weeks ago, during a weekly Twitter chat that I host about autism, a mother of an adult on the spectrum mentioned how, when her daughter was a child, structure had been crucial in helping her to learn flexibility. It sounds like an oxymoron, but I found it to be absolutely true in my life as more
  • Autism and Exercise

    Lynne Soraya
    9 Mar 2014 | 5:14 pm
    I’ve spent years now trying to deconstruct why certain experiences and environments growing up affected me the way they did, pro and con. Activity came up again and again in those analyses, but I could never pinpoint exactly why. A recent blog post shed some light on why that is. read more
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    From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

  • Big Sister

    Devon Alley
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    On the morning of June 20th, 2014, my amazing daughter A. became a big sister as we welcomed my new daughter, K., into the world. The past two weeks have been a pretty incredible journey, and I've been very proud of how well A. has handled all of the...(read more)
  • Conversations While Swimming

    Devon Alley
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:15 am
    I know I've blogged about it before, but it's amazing how much my daughter will come out of her shell and be willing to connect with people when she's immersed in water. It's not even that she's simply receptive to interaction while submerged -- she actually...(read more)
  • Friends on the Other Side of the World

    Devon Alley
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:24 am
    Rhe past couple of weeks, my daughter has been spending her evenings chatting with a boy who lives in California. They know each other from their respective artwork and shared interests, and they use headsets and microphones to watch YouTube videos together,...(read more)
  • Wrapping Up Middle School

    Devon Alley
    30 May 2014 | 7:22 am
    As I mentioned in my last entry, I really can't imagine a better ending to A.'s Middle School career than her stellar performance in the annual talent show. It was like the frosting on a delicious if sometimes frustrating cake. A. finished the year with...(read more)
  • Talent Show Performances

    Devon Alley
    27 May 2014 | 11:47 am
    For the past three years, A. has desperately been trying to get a part in the annual year-end talent show. She was not able to do so in her 6th and 7th grade years, which made it pretty obvious that it must be a very difficult gig to land at her middle...(read more)
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    The Autism News

  • Valentin Autiste ASPERGER – Reportage 20H France 2

    The Autism News
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Antoine autismevendee (YouTube) Un petit reportage expliquant l’Autime avec le syndrome d’ASPERGER Une jolie découverte de la vie expliquée par Valentin, Violoniste passionné et émérite qui combat ce syndrome d’ASPERGER tous les jours Read the full articleRead the full article on a new tab Source:
  • Autisme (2/3). Y a-t-il un impérialisme du soin dans les services?

    The Autism News
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    By Moïse Assouline | MediaPart Deuxième volet de cette série de trois articles autour du rôle de la psychiatrie aujourd’hui dans l’accompagnement de l’autisme et des troubles envahissants du développement (TED). Il y a une grande variété dans les soins : ceux qui sont somatiques, corporels ou sensoriels, et tous impliquent des compétences très variées. Résumé : La psychiatrie et la psychanalyse ont occupé une place dominante dans les institutions sanitaires et medico-sociales depuis les années soixante même quand elles n’étaient pas physiquement dans les services.
  • Du soutien pour les jeunes autistes

    The Autism News
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    By Anny Champoux | Point de Vue Grâce au camp estival de la Société de l’autisme des Laurentides, une douzaine de jeunes autistes du secteur de Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts vivent des expériences d’épanouissement avec des services spécialisés. « Le but, durant le camp, c’est de faire des activités qui amènent les jeunes à socialiser et à développer la motricité. On va à la plage, on fait des jeux de société, on joue au ballon. C’est comme un camp normal et en plus, on se concentre sur le développement de chaque enfant », souligne l’animateur Diego Bermudez qui…
  • NIña de 12 años que padece de Ceguera y Autismo canta y encanta con los temas de Corazon Serrano

    The Autism News
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    By jairostone1 (YouTube) Niña de 12 años que padece de Ceguera y Autismo canta y encanta con los temas de Corazón Serrano. Stephany Mucha Arias encanta y canta con mucho sentimiento los temas de Corazón Serrano pese a que padece de Ceguera y Autismo la niña de 12 años es fans numero 1 de este fenomeno cumbiambero llamado Corazón Serrano y sueña con algun día formar parte de esta prestigiosa agrupación… Read the full articleRead the full article on a new tab Source:
  • Estudiantes con autismo sin atención personalizada

    The Autism News
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:14 am
    By Hermelinda Bolaños | La Prensa Grafica El MINED dijo que realizará un congreso para dar respuesta concreta a las necesidades de los autistas. Dennis Tercero, jefe de Educación Inclusiva del Ministerio de Educación (MINED), dijo ayer que el sistema educativo salvadoreño no tiene la capacidad de brindar atención personalizada a los estudiantes que sufren de autismo. Dentro del sistema educativo del país se reportan 453 alumnos con autismo, 271 de los cuales son atendidos en centros escolares del sector público y otros 182 en el ámbito privado, según informó Tercero. Además, dijo…
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    We Go With Him

  • Charlie in Napa

    Kristina Chew
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    It just occurred to me that in the six months plus that we've now been in California, we haven't once been to the ER, which...
  • What Virgil's Sibyl Said

    Kristina Chew
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Charlie's first week back in summer school after three weeks of 'school camp' was tough so --it's time to quote Virgil. facilis descensus Averno: noctes...
  • 'No Ferris Wheel'

    Kristina Chew
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    After a fine bike ride down the Peninsula on Sunday, we dropped off the bikes at home and drove back across the bay to the...
  • What We're Doing On the 4th, 5th and 6th

    Kristina Chew
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Loading the bikes on the rack on the silver car. Driving over the Bay Bridge through San Francisco to a ball park just south of...
  • The Wrong Bike and the Food Truck Burrito

    Kristina Chew
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:37 am
    Most of our days follow the same routines. Weekends, that means Charlie wakes up and we load up the bikes and drive over, per his...
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    my Cartesian Theatre

  • Aspergers & Me

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    Welcome to my Cartesian Theatre. It’s just a blog where I can talk with relative anonymity about my perspective on life. I have Aspergers and I realized it would be nice to have a place to talk about my life, let off steam and just give my two cents on what being a person with […] The post Aspergers & Me appeared first on my Cartesian Theatre.
  • Aspergers: Where I am on the ASD Spectrum

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    Below is a list of symptoms from the Mayo Clinic website that describe certain traits and behaviours observed in people on the ASD spectrum. I’ve decided to go through the list and see what elements I can relate with and to comment on in what way. I’m aware it’s not a definitive list of symptoms […] The post Aspergers: Where I am on the ASD Spectrum appeared first on my Cartesian Theatre.
  • Work

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    As a Sys Admin I tend to get sucked into my work. I find it’s easy to focus on my work because it’s purely technical. Every problem has a logical cause and every solution ends at a logical conclusion. I’ve worked in many different areas of IT in the last 8 years. I’ve found working […] The post Work appeared first on my Cartesian Theatre.
  • Communication

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Communication in theory is a simple concept. Mutually acknowledged gestures, symbols and sounds allow the transfer of information between people. Spoken communication is often best for relaying factual information or opinions and this allows discussion and conversation. This is given a personal context through the use of non-verbal communication. Facial expressions, gestures, posture, gait among […] The post Communication appeared first on my Cartesian Theatre.
  • Happy

    7 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Being truly happy, it eludes me.  Every time I find something that makes me happy, I lose it. You might be thinking, “Appreciate what you have and stop looking for greener fields”. At least, I often think this when I find myself wondering where my life is going. The problem is that I’m not sure […] The post Happy appeared first on my Cartesian Theatre.
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