To My Fellow Travelers & Commadres in Autismland

I have added a list of blog-friends, Fellow Travelers & Commadres in Autismland, over in the right sidebar–>.  I linked to some of your blogs and sites sometimes using the actual name of your blog/site and sometimes using your name. There's not any particular rhyme or reason to it; hope what you see is all right. I've … Continue reading

We Came We Blogged We Talked (face to face)

20 years ago I took my first train ride into Manhattan. On reaching the city, as the train pulled out of the tunnel, I got a glimpse of buildings (tall, sooty brown and grime grey), a bit of sky, and the train tracks. Yesterday I saw that very same vista. 5 years ago I started … Continue reading

A Bit of Poetry

 I've been doing some blog upkeep/redesign and letting my inner geek indulge itself. I changed the banner photo from this to this and have been mucking around with the content in the right column (and even thrown in a photo of myself, since, as has been commented upon, the photos I regularly post rarely include me as … Continue reading


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

Delayed Opening Can’t Get Us Down

I wrote about the retracted Lancet study by Wakefield et al. and about restraints and seclusion over at   (though the latter post may not yet have been published when you read this the post is now up)—about two issues that have been something of long-time preoccupations with me, though not very willingly. Vaccines have usurped … Continue reading

It’s the End of the World as We Know It

This post is about the difficulties of writing about something very difficult, self-injurious behavior and, specifically, head-banging. Things which I, prior to having lived through them many things with Charlie, would have said were tantamount to the end of the world as we knew it.  Being honest about the difficult things that happen in our … Continue reading

Outgrowing His Words

 Jim always tries to stay one step ahead of Charlie's growing feet by making sure we order the next size up in black nubuck Merrells. I ordered two such pairs in size 11 back in December and I know I'm going to feel that little twinge when I order sizes 11 1/2 and 12—Jim wears … Continue reading

In the Country of Difference

 "If you've met one autistic child, you've met one autistic child."  It's a statement that's totally impossible to disagree with. I've certainly said it, or variations thereof, time and time again in advocating for accommodations in the classroom, at the swimming pool. and elsewhere for Charlie.  Much as that statement rings true, I think there's … Continue reading

Update (#616)

Long time, no post here, I know……… Now that I have finished my spring semester teaching (and I have some weeks to go before teaching summer school) I am working on “the Charlie book,” and very happily. Thanks to all who have sent me some wonderful, wonderful emails and to everyone for reading here about … Continue reading

April 19, 8pm: Autism Mom-bloggers Reading in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Reading Works is pleased to present mom-bloggers, Autism’s Edges and Autismland on April 19th at 8 p.m. at The Old Stone House at Fifth Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets. KRISTINA CHEW, a classics professor, advocate, and mother writes a blog called AUTISMLAND as well as AUTISM VOX: “Finding out your child has autism … Continue reading

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