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Far From the Tree

Autism Without Fear: How 'Best Practices' Are Vastly Overrated in Today's Educational Environment

Michael John Carley | Posted 08.20.2015 | Education
Michael John Carley

As an autism consultant employed by schools, the over-reliance I see on best practices -- even without the term's vagaries -- is vast, counter-productive given the current climate, and might be causing us to miss greater gaps in educating students on the autism spectrum, if not beyond.

Our Common Identity

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

I sometimes wonder if it makes much difference that for some of us, our Christian identity is a vertical identity shared with parents, and for others of us, it is a horizontal identity, an aspect of personality that may even put us at odds with our family of origin.

Fountain House Symposium Honors Author Andrew Solomon

Jim Luce | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Jim Luce

New York City has an annual event that educates the public on mental health that I believe is the finest in America. This symposium - and luncheon - ...

Andrew Solomon and My Daughter

Dan Kennedy | Posted 02.18.2013 | Books
Dan Kennedy

Though as a society we claim to value difference, in reality we fear it, keep it at a distance and would stamp it out if given the opportunity. And with genetic testing becoming increasingly cheap and ubiquitous, the day of opportunity is not far off.

The Book We're Talking About This Week

Posted 12.03.2012 | Books

Far From The Tree: Parents, Children, and the search for Identity by Andrew Solomon Scribner, $37.50 November 13, 2012 What is it about? This is...

What Experts Don't Understand About My Daughter

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 11.28.2012 | Parents

Written by Cristina Nehring for Slate If you’d told me five years ago that I was soon to bear a disabled child with blood cancer -- for whom I’...

Mother Of Columbine HS Shooter Prayed For Her Son's Suicide

Reuters | Posted 01.19.2013 | Denver

By Keith Coffman DENVER, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold prayed for him to commit suicide when she wa...

'Far From The Tree': Loving Children Who Are Very Different

Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.12.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

"The widespread use of the word reproduction for this activity, with its implication that two people are but braiding themselves together, is at best a euphemism to comfort prospective parents before they get in over their heads."