When the iPad Flies (and I mean that literally)

The iPad certainly seems to have become The Hot Thing to have if there's someone on the autism spectrum in your household and, too, if you're a parent in general. Thanks to everyone for your stories and thoughts (and thanks of course to Shannon for her BlogHer article on her son Leo and the iPad). … Continue reading

History in the Biking

We got gas and went to the bank before getting an early lunch Thursday morning, and then Charlie—off from school for Rosh Hashanah (he'd indicated his awareness of this Wednesday night when he stayed up extra late; he wasn't perturbed when I wrote 'home for a holiday today' on his iPad using DoodleBuddy; I think … Continue reading

Working the Transition: Prepping Back to School with Bikes & iPad

Charlie will be back in school next Tuesday and Thursday he and I started working the transition in full force. I made a Back to School social story using Stories2Learn on Charlie’s iPad—my very nice aunts read this SFWeekly article about how the iPad has helped my friend Shannon‘s son Leo so much and decided … 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

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

Time for a Refresher Course

 We thought Friday would begin in an unremarkable way. Charlie had an early dentist appointment at the dentist he's been going to for a couple of years, and quite successfully. We've never been able to do an x-ray but Charlie usually gets through letting the dentist look in his mouth and check his teeth, the … Continue reading

Time for a Refresher Course

 We thought Friday would begin in an unremarkable way. Charlie had an early dentist appointment at the dentist he's been going to for a couple of years, and quite successfully. We've never been able to do an x-ray but Charlie usually gets through letting the dentist look in his mouth and check his teeth, the … Continue reading

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

I've been pulling out this piece of paper upon which Charlie wrote "can't find it" at intervals as we use the laptop. He's chiefly interested in going to YouTube.com or Google search to watch tv shows from his (gulp) early (Charlie will be thirteen in just about four months—oh, my, ……..) childhood, or to see … 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

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