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

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

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

Some Thoughts About Autism Research

The significance of Charlie standing by our front door, raring to go on an evening walk yesterday with Jim (it was raining; Charlie pulled on his hooded sweatshirt and handed Jim his) will be revealed towards the end of this post. First. A new study published in yesterday's Nature by researchers from the Autism Genome Project … Continue reading

Camelot

 At Charlie's spring concert last Wednesday, one of the classes of high school students sang the first verse from 'Camelot,' the Lerner and Loewe musical that is sometimes (accurately or not) seen as a symbol of John F. Kennedy's presidency; of what might have been achieved. The first student who performed did most of the first … Continue reading

Grounded

 Write a post on vaccines and get lotsa comments, and perhaps especially if you take the position that vaccines and autism aren't linked; that autism (in your family's case at any rate) is most likely genetic; and that all this attention, energy, doggone fixation on the vaccine topic has been highly successful at diverting the … Continue reading

Nice Day & Newsworthy

Sunday was fireworks-less in our household. Charlie slept in a little (till 8am). We did walks (2—short and long) and rides (3—school, grocery store, Jersey City so I could retrieve some items from my office). Charlie used the computer—his typing is getting much better and a little faster, and he seems at long last to … 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

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