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Dar Hits the Summer Solstice

June 21, 2018, 9:25 am

Dar’s summer has officially begun. What’s it mean? We had his IEP during the last week of the school year. You know, where they talk about his progress on goals, and then we make new goals. My goal is to present both sides of that – uh, in the next few weeks. Thanks for checking, loyal readers! His annual IEP used to be scheduled around his birthday in October. Regular readers know that it was usually a disaster. They would
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Berkeleyside Shines a Light on My Kid

June 14, 2018, 11:29 am

These are such important articles. They really micro-explain the situation my kid is in. I think they stand by themselves as good enough for your autism reading for this week. I’ll comment later. 🙂 Here they are: Part I Part II   Share this post

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“Reluctant Keepers of a Brother With Autism”

June 7, 2018, 2:40 am

First, please read this. Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if the link fails to work. In that spirit, I’ll actually just cut and paste it here. This content belongs to its author, Elizabeth Choi, and the New York Times, not me. I reproduce it here…for reasons that I hope will become obvious. Grace will get the pearls passed down from my grandmother. Her twin brother, Nick, will get the woodworking tools my husband, Dan, inherited from his grandfather. They will
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Break Week

May 31, 2018, 2:55 pm

Thanks for checking this space! Between wife’s birthday and our anniversary and the series finale of The Americans and my ongoing book deadlines, this entry got away from me. More next week! – Daniel Share this post

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A Monterey Moment

May 23, 2018, 3:51 pm

On Sunday, I had a moment of revelation. To set this up, know ye that Monterey has a major recreational space called Dennis the Menace Playground. Check it out online! It’s as awesome as it looks. When wife and kids and I sojourn to Monterey, we gravitate to this playground, because Dar’s brother loves it. Dar, meh. He can take it or leave it. He prefers water. Lots of flowing water. The family had some free time in Monterey on
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Suffering Succotash

May 17, 2018, 10:10 am

This week is the first week that one of my kids fell in love with Sylvester and Tweety cartoons. I was never a huge fan of that cat and bird; previously, we had been sticking to Bugs Bunny. But now that Dar’s brother loves Sylvester and Tweety as much as Bugs, I suppose I can be proud that I have passed on the fandom of (generalized) classic Warner Bros. cartoons to the next generation. That, or maybe, since Dar’s brother
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Checking back in with Dar’s journal

May 9, 2018, 10:58 pm

Dar’s aide at school is required to write in a journal so that we have a sense of his daily activities, what he’s doing, how close he’s coming to meeting the requirements of his IEP. We truly worry about the hitting, but the school doesn’t. Here’s May so far, as of today:   5/1 8:10 Morning snack 8:35 Bathroom Break 8:45 Reading 9:00 Identifying letters and numbers 9:15 Sitting on carpet with peers 9:40 Recess on play around bouncing ball
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There’s Something About That Class

May 2, 2018, 11:42 am

“There’s something about that class.” The teachers, aides, and parents have all confided this to me, during moments when the kids can’t hear us. The first time I heard it, I got confused. I asked, “You mean there’s something about that teacher’s classroom?” “No,” the sympathetic adult said. “There’s something about second grade.” “Oh, you mean when kids get to this age, they act up?” “No,” the still-sympathetic adult replied. “There’s something about that group of second-graders, in all three
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Letter From Dar From 2028

April 25, 2018, 11:17 am

If I’m very very lucky – and let’s be very clear, I do not expect to be this lucky – maybe someday I’ll read something from Dar that might go a little something like this. I am an 18-year-old who suffers from autism. I have never spoken. I would like to, but I also suffer from severe apraxia and severe dysarthria, which means that making my mouth make words is, for me, as difficult as you would find putting your
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Dar @ Zoo April 2018

April 19, 2018, 10:19 am

Last weekend Dar went to the zoo. If you’re a smart, perspicacious parent of a neuro-typical child, you look at something like a zoo outing and you think: here is something educational and fun that has been set up for my child, how nice, I will take my child here for as many years as s/he is interested, and then someday s/he will no longer be interested, and then on a more distant day we will fondly share our zoo
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