Working the iPad: Stories2Learn and TapSpeakButton

First, a bus update. Still waiting to hear about a bus to take Charlie home. Yes, contacting the transportation department and the special ed director are on the Wednesday to-do list. On the longer term list has been, as I've from time to time mentioned, trying Charlie on some sort of augmentative communication device. We … Continue reading

Carpe Diem Sive Pluat Sive Sit Sol

It was a rainy Sunday and we passed it quietly, around home. Still got in bike rides: Yes, different shirts; Jim and Charlie got semi-soaked on the first ride. It looked like the rain was letting up when they left, but……. it hadn't. Charlie has been a bit insistent about wearing that green shirt and … Continue reading

Preventative Measures

Before heading out to the New Jersey horse country bike path, we stopped to at a gas station to put air in in the bikes's tires. As Jim did this, I was idly looking around and noted the license plate on a woman's car: CUREFRK As in, 'cure freak'—someone who is a freak about a … Continue reading

It Changes Just When You’ve Accepted It Won’t

In a public restroom, I was waiting to wash my hands. There were two children at the sink, a boy and a girl, both dark-haired. An Indian woman was talking to the girl and waved her hand in front of the motion sensor on the paper towel dispenser, then handed the girl (whose hands were … Continue reading

Parents Get The Growing Pangs Too

Hard to read about the father of an autistic child getting punched by another customer in a Boynton Beach (FL) Olive Garden restaurant and not think, now who was displaying 'inappropriate behavior' here? Another thought comes to mind, though, which is how we now rarely eat in restaurants with Charlie. Once, we did so almost … Continue reading

Taking Care

I wrote this post on Care2.com about 20 year-old Bryan Nevins who died last Saturday after being left in a locked minivan by two caretakers at the Langhorne, PA, residential center where he had lived since he was 14 years old. Bryan and three other Woods Services residents had gone to Sesame Place, an amusement park in … Continue reading

Things Unsaid and Said

The weather here on the East Coast continued to be hot and muggy, the air so heavy that dust particles seemed to be hanging in it. I don't like to go on and on about the weather but it's something we always have to consider regarding Charlie as he likes to be outside and as … Continue reading

A Good News Post (or, we sure live near a lot of grocery stores)

 Today's post brings good news. !!!!! Although, Wednesday didn't start in such an exuberant YAY! fashion. Having written about what a great job Charlie was doing not over-stuffing the backseat of the white car with stuff what did I see when, at 7.30am on Wednesday, I peered into the backseat but five blankets, all balled up … Continue reading

Quite Accommodating

The new little routine here for the past few days has been: Charlie has woken himself up between 7 and 7.30am, just enough time to wake up fully, get himself dressed (even showered!) and into the car. (In point of fact, yesterday he waited for us slowpoke parents to get ourselves and our things together.) … Continue reading

Quite Sociable, If I Don’t Say So Myself

Yet another shocker post today. After a full Saturday of walking (x 2), bike riding (x 2), grading (Jim), hauling branches to the town recycling center (Jim), speed grocery shopping (me), we went to have dinner at a friends' house. We'd been to visit these friends back in November. We had predicted that Charlie would … Continue reading

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