Pretty Okay: Few Words, Lots to Translate

Charlie woke up at 5.20am, showered, and came down the stairs exuberantly. It was ‘no’ to a walk and then he went to get his socks. Jim brought up the possibility of a bike ride; I pointed out that it was a bit early. Charlie (now besocked) returned back down the stairs and we asked … Continue reading

Bye Dad Hi Dad

A few thoughts of mine on two new studies regarding the detection of autism in infants over at Care2.com ending with some musings about how, even though it was not exactly easy to learn that our toddler boy had a severe and significant neuro-developmental-psychiatric disability, it was a lot easier to help Charlie through neurological storminess when he was … Continue reading

Language Is Just One Kind of Communication

The clunky title of this post sums up one of the greatest lessons I've learned in life with Charlie.  Charlie is 'verbal' in the sense that he can say some words and phrases to express himself. He can say those words and phrases thanks in part to years and hours of speech therapy and speech-and-articulation … Continue reading

Eyes On My Back

 It seems that I have acquired eyes on my back. Once upon a time, I used always to say that, for safety’s sake, I could never take my eyes off of Charlie, certainly when we where away from home at a store or other public place. If he wandered off, he wouldn’t realize that he … Continue reading

A Small Communication

The above photo shows Charlie's 'favorite things' as I call them. He refers to this whole set of objects as 'blue beads': Charlie often refers to a collection or a couple of things based on just one item, as if the part referred to the whole. For you literary types out there, this is a … Continue reading

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Driving home from school on Thursday afternoon, Charlie asked to go to a fastfood TexMex restaurant. We hadn't really celebrated Wednesday's performance so I did a 360 turn and to the restaurant we went. Charlie was very serious (even a little grim-looking) as we waited, then broke into a pleased smile as he carried his burrito … Continue reading

Just a Click Away

 After several months of typing the names of not-yet-forgotten PBS kid shows into the Search box of YouTube, I am pleased to announce that Charlie and I are now search the whole internet (just like how many of us for desired items, with Charlie doing the typing. Not a cosmic development, perhaps, but one that … Continue reading

Just a Click Away

 After several months of typing the names of not-yet-forgotten PBS kid shows into the Search box of YouTube, I am pleased to announce that Charlie and I are now search the whole internet (just like how many of us for desired items, with Charlie doing the typing. Not a cosmic development, perhaps, but one that … Continue reading

That Way

Charlie said "that way" the other day for the first time ever. He often says "this way" and points, more or less, in the direction that he wants to go; he also occasionally uses the phrase "this one" to indicate that he'd like some item over and not another. I'm not 100% sure that Charlie … Continue reading

That Way

Charlie said "that way" the other day for the first time ever. He often says "this way" and points, more or less, in the direction that he wants to go; he also occasionally uses the phrase "this one" to indicate that he'd like some item over and not another. I'm not 100% sure that Charlie … Continue reading

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