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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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Hawaii 2018

April 11, 2018, 11:32 am

To begin: don’t read this on your phone. Dear reader, kindly wait until you have time to read it on a laptop or desktop. For some reason, when I upload perfectly normal-looking photos from my MacBook’s photo files onto this blog, it flips many of them. It lets me go back and manually fix them for a desktop but not for your phone. Also, it doesn’t let me upload videos. I am running versions of everything (wordpress, Apple, etc) that
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Happy Autism Awareness Day 2018! 10 Quick Things to Be Aware Of

April 1, 2018, 10:32 pm

  What do I want my fellow open-minded, open-hearted citizens to be aware of during World Autism Awareness Day? Be aware that, as the saying goes, if you’ve met one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism. It’s a wide spectrum. Be aware that intellectual disabilities have no proven association with school violence. In these post-Parkland days, I am thrilled that America is having a larger conversation about the unacceptable levels of violence at our schools. But I’m
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What to Write?

March 28, 2018, 10:07 pm

I haven’t been able to decide what to write about Dar this week. A lot of things are happening, but I’m not sure any of them merit a full blog post. Should I talk about his great relationship with the dog we adopted five months ago? The way he giggles when he approaches and pets her? That’s a nice topic. Should I write about how much he’s raiding the fridge for ice cream lately? How we have to keep it
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Birthday Break

March 15, 2018, 2:24 pm

This autism blog took a little hiatus for my birthday (March 14). See you next week. Share this post

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