Backseat Driver

Monday morning I was trying out a new route to drive Charlie to school that, Jim reported, had taken them a mere 34 minutes on Friday.  We indeed zipped along for the first 20 minutes then, after getting onto a state highway lined with commercial establishments and chain stores of every possible kind, we sat. … 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

O New York Times

Autism: A Disease of the Rich? is the title of a New York Times Freakonomics blog post on this PLOS One study, Socioeconomic Inequality in the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence from a U.S. Cross-Sectional Study.  Oh gawd. Sure, families with more economic resources are more likely to have access to doctors, school services, … Continue reading

What’s in those DSM revisions? in ‘functioning levels’? in that big box Jim got?

I'm pleased to report that we made it through an unexpected Snow Day 2 with only: a 4.55am wake-up 1 instance of dishes-throwing, coupled with 1 instance of kitchen clean-up 1 "neurological storm" lasting all of 15 minutes 4 walks, with about a third of each walk going through a field where the snow is … Continue reading

A Myth (of the Greek kind) and a Legal Ruling (of a vaccine kind)

 Jim went to Philadelphia yesterday to give a talk to an Irish lawyers group (last week it was the Celtic Medical Society or some such he spoke at—I guess the book isn't titled On the Irish Waterfront for nothing). Charlie and I cooled our heals at home in Jersey, making our usual rounds: driving in … Continue reading

A Myth (of the Greek kind) and a Legal Ruling (of a vaccine kind)

 Jim went to Philadelphia yesterday to give a talk to an Irish lawyers group (last week it was the Celtic Medical Society or some such he spoke at—I guess the book isn't titled On the Irish Waterfront for nothing). Charlie and I cooled our heals at home in Jersey, making our usual rounds: driving in … Continue reading

Chinese American Culture and Autism

Here in the US, when people hear that autism was referred to as "childhood schizophrenia" in the first edition of the DSM (1952), they're often flabbergasted to hear autism linked to schizophrenia. Today we talk about autism as a developmental disorder/disability; as a neurodevelopmental disability. Wary of the "refrigerator mother" theory of autism, we're careful … Continue reading

The Lag and Language

 Nothing like reading a research study that actually describes something that (we think) we definitely see in Charlie, a delay in his processing of auditory stimuli and of stimuli in general. A study published yesterday in Autism Research by researchers from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia measured magnetic signals in the brains of 25 children … Continue reading

The Lag and Language

 Nothing like reading a research study that actually describes something that (we think) we definitely see in Charlie, a delay in his processing of auditory stimuli and of stimuli in general. A study published yesterday in Autism Research by researchers from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia measured magnetic signals in the brains of 25 children … Continue reading

Not Much to Report From a Neurologist’s Visit (and that’s good)

We were a half-hour late for what turned out to be a rather non-eventful neurologist appointment—something I'm taking as a sign of progress.  It was, frankly, nice to be able to report on Charlie doing well at the new school where he's been for not yet 30 days, especially after a summer of "behavior hijinks" … Continue reading

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