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Monthly Archives: September 2019

Greta the Great

September 26, 2019, 10:38 am

Perhaps you’ve heard of Greta Thunberg. I was a little surprised to hear that her most popular tweet of the last thirty days went like this: “When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning! I have Aspergers and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And – given the right circumstances- being different is a superpower. #aspiepower” That tweet earned 772,000+ likes! That’s more […]

Timeate Change

September 19, 2019, 4:41 pm

Dar is Dar. I spent this week fighting for his future in a different way…arranging to plant trees and arranging to attend the climate strike tomorrow. I’ll try to return to something more like the blog next week. Thanks for checking this space!

The bad kind of SIBs

September 12, 2019, 7:36 am

Dar’s latest bruise is on my brain. If you’re not a parent, or if your kid(s) is/are neuro-typical, you may not be familiar with the term “self-injurious behavior,” a term common enough in my community to be regularly acronym-ized. We’ll see forms that say “SIBs?” or “Amount of SIBs ____” or the like. The SIB I saw this week left me scared…for Dar and for us. I don’t know exactly what prompted it. No doubt our ABA therapist (who Dar […]

One letter off

September 6, 2019, 10:49 am

Have you ever noticed that Big Sur is almost Big Surf? And even though that seems appropriate – Big Sur has big surf – etymologically, they’re not related? Also, Carmel is one letter away from caramel and camel. Carmel has good caramels but not good camels. Darwin is one letter away from some neuro-typical kid named Darin or Darwina. When I was his current age, I would sit around thinking about things like this. He can’t. Or at least, all evidence […]