In Memoriam Clara Claiborne Park

There's a little memorial to a mother of a child on the autism spectrum, Clara Claiborne Park, over at Care2.com by me. Park's 2002 book, Exiting Nirvana: A Daughter's Life with Autism is one of my favorites; her first book, The Siege: The First Eight Years of an Autistic Child, was published in 1967, one … Continue reading

A bit about motherhood

I told Charlie I'd post a photo of my every day on my blog and am afraid I haven't done that due to technology/internet-access issues (some of the hotels we're at have only one computer with internet for everyone). Here I am standing beneath the Lion Gate in Mykines, which we visited on Saturday, March … Continue reading

Goings On: New DSQ on neurodiversity and a few more words from Charlie

Variations of the above scene—Charlie in fine run/walk form round our neighborhood—occurred morning (6am), afternoon (3.30pm), and night (8pm) on Monday, with Jim bringing up the rear.  6am walk following a 5am wake-up (an early, but manageable, start, relatively speaking). 3.30pm after a good day at school. 8pm as a little night sortie seems much to … Continue reading

Gravity

It's here! Gravity Pulls You In: Perspectives on Parenting Children on the Autism Spectrum, edited by Kyra Anderson and Vicki Forman, just published by Woodbine Press. And containing the writing of many parents, some of whom I've had the good fortune actually to meet and share a meal with (Vicki herself, Bruce Mills—we've met his … Continue reading

Of Books and Letters

One of my cousins had a little girl over a year ago. He sends me photos and updates about her regularly and I am (finally, at long last, and way overdue) packaging up some books to send her. They are old books of Charlie's, story books, nursery rhymes, one with geometric shapes and patterns. All … Continue reading

Another Curious Incident With Dogs

No, I could not resist that title—-read Mark Haddon's novel some five years ago, and still remember it down to its details. Dogs figure significantly for Christopher, the protagonist of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: The "curious incident" of the title is adolescent Christopher's discovery of his neighbor's black dog Wellington stabbed … Continue reading

Once Upon A Very Unwild, Rainy, & Happy Saturday

Jim and I thought taking Charlie to see Where the Wild Things Are would be a good thing to do on a very, very rainy Saturday. We all slept in after a somewhat sleepless Thursday night. Charlie took awhile to wake up (and to transition out of sleeping mode), then got out the bikes while … Continue reading

Once Upon A Very Unwild, Rainy, & Happy Saturday

Jim and I thought taking Charlie to see Where the Wild Things Are would be a good thing to do on a very, very rainy Saturday. We all slept in after a somewhat sleepless Thursday night. Charlie took awhile to wake up (and to transition out of sleeping mode), then got out the bikes while … Continue reading

Thinking Outside the ABA Box

Another night, another book talk for Jim (at Words bookstore in Maplewood), another event for Charlie to attend. Charlie and I had dinner in a nearby diner while Jim meditated on what he would read and say. We'd planned for Charlie to stay with me while Jim went ahead to the bookstore. But while I … Continue reading

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