A Lot Can Happen In a Little Bit of Time

The best way to describe Monday is through a timeline. 4am. Charlie wakes up. Showers, etc. 4.25am. Charlie asks for a walk. Jim suggests a bike ride; I point out that it is kind of early. I set this Giant Timer app on Charlie’s iPad—it is simplex elegans, a giant digital timer with neon  chartreuse … Continue reading

Rhetorical Questions, from Cicero to Charlie

The Twelve Tables, the Roman forum, and the finer points of litigation in ancient Rome are calling me tonight, plus I've got to write some sentences for a quiz on the Ablative Absolute and Indirect Statement for a Latin class. I don't think think I'm wrong to think that you might prefer to read yet another … Continue reading

Countdown Time To (Shhhh!) School

Not that you needed to know this, but this working the transition business can be taxing in all domains. Mentally. Emotionally. Physically. In previous years, the transition back to school after the longer summer vacation has often been a time of 'outbursts,' 'explosions,' 'incidents' in our household. The last week preceding the return to school … Continue reading

Next Thing You Know We’ll Be Going to the Mall

So as you may not remember, and as it's a bit hard for us not to remember while cringing, we spent a good part of the day after last Christmas (of Boxing Day, that is) in the ER after Charlie, whom we'd taken to the pediatrician's office due to an infected sore in his mouth, … Continue reading

Will this be my last vaccine post ever?

One can only hope. Here's the post over Care2.com, Vaccines Don't Cause Autism, No They Don't.  

Sensitive to Everything (2): Storminess, Medications, Change

Autistic children are slower to integrate multiple stimuli than same-age children whose development is more typical, according to a recently published study in Autism Research. Electrical activity in the brain was measured in 17 autistic children ages six to 16 and in 17 'typically developing' children while they watched a silent movie and were presented … Continue reading

No Need To Pass the Kleenex

Monday we (or at least two-thirds of our tight team o’ three) were on the water: and in the water: We are very lucky to have a friend down at the beach who is letting us leave our kayak in his yard. Our kayak is a bit on the bulky side and it’s not so … Continue reading

Hypotonic No More

Thanks to Jill, Antonio DA, Barbara, and Melanie for your comments on Monday's post, Stick With It, in regard to the curious pattern in Charlie's learning: 'An initial big effort with a concerted output of energy, followed shortly by a request to be done with it, and now, and stated adamantly.'  Jill wrote referred to this pattern … Continue reading

Nothing Like the Real Thing

Yesterday I was reminded how far outside of mainstream popular culture is the world in which we live. I was at work, attending two presentations by guest lecturers. The first was on diseases of U.S. Presidents: Did health issues ranging from throat cancer (Ulysses S. Grant) to obesity and cancer of the mouth (William H. … Continue reading

The Day After the Big Day

 While Charlie's dental surgery went quite smoothly, and while he didn't have any nausea or dizziness from the anesthesia (he ate heartily once we were home—he'd not had anything to eat after 7pm on Wednesday night—and we went out for two walks round the neighborhood), there was the inevitable 'something'; an after-effect. He couldn't go … Continue reading

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