I was pulled out of the comfort of my life by my child so hard I had whiplash, but now, years later and happy to be exactly where I am, I get to sit back and observe a world to which I wouldn't have been privy, a world I wouldn't have even noticed
My daughter was just two years old when she had her first seizure, due to Epilepsy. I didn't see it happen. I wish I had, because for the longest m...
It is his birthday, today. My oldest boy is 12 years old. He is autistic, non-verbal, differently abled in so many strange and wonderful ways. And alone, together, we are marking this special day with our annual tradition -- a trip downtown, to the theatre to see Sesame Street Live, on stage.
Any parenting expert, any parent, will report that kids thrive on a predictable routine. Parents of children with autism know that some kids take "routine" to a whole other level.
I can't really believe I am having to address the issue of her hair. I get that some of you might not understand food aversion, or echolalia or any ...
State lawmakers now have the tools they need to improve medical cannabis programs to truly meet the needs of the patients they are meant to serve.
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton recently proposed increased early screenings and more resources for treating autism.
Humans. I'm sure I don't need to tell you; we are one fragmented and flawed race. So many complex issues for, against, and with other humans. So many small infractions upon each other and some days those small dings compound into too much. In my world, I am witness to an ongoing phenomenon called ableism.
Consider two people circumnavigating the globe at the equator from the same starting point but moving in opposite directions; the two points furthest apart converge at the end where the journey began; so too here with anti-science zealotry on left and right: They merge together in a bond of extremism. Nowhere can this circle of delusion be seen better than with the emergence of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that can cause devastating brain damage in newborns.
There is an ongoing debate in the online special needs community about over-sharing. Are we mom and dad bloggers stepping over the line when we share stories and details about our kids and their special needs? It's a heated debate, a thing, a downright brouhaha.
When Thorkil Sonne and his wife learned that their son had autism, they worried that he would face an uncertain future, where he would be constantly m...
Many autism advocates prescribe what they believe is right for ALL autistics, regardless of their true expertise and experience with the entire range of people on the spectrum. Parents like us are speaking for one autistic, the one we know best, and the one for whom we can best advocate.
"WOOOOOOOOOOOH. Woo Woo Woo Woo. I'm a policeman," my four year old screamed at his chair, spoon poised in his hand, half eaten macaroni and cheese ...
Mike Burry, the hedge fund manager featured in the movie The Big Short, anticipated the housing crash by reading loan documents. Similarly, those in the food and agriculture arena predict a massive shift in farming practices by studying the inimical effects of the widely used weedkiller, RoundUp®.
As a father, my concern is not that list of accolades and diagnoses, but those tiny choices that make up a day. And not my kids' choices -- but mine. No matter how different their choices and experiences, my job remains exactly the same
In a perfect world, parents could leave their deathbeds not terrified of what their beloved child's final years will be like. In a perfect world, of course, there would be no severe autism in the first place.