Art, autism and vision: Raymond’s artwork Friday, Jul 13 2012 


I know I posted a while back about our search for an art teacher. Well, we found one and she rocks! We go to The Creative Side in downtown Fredericksburg and work with Miss Kathleen. Raymond really enjoys it, and he seems to have a real talent for it. I’ve posted some of his art below.

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Happy birthday to me! Reflections on the last year. Monday, Jul 2 2012 


I know most folks reflect on the past year in January, but I always get wistful and maudlin around my birthday. I tend to take stock and make changes this time of year because its easier for me. Let’s see how we were doing last year at this time.

First off, I was in Disney World last year at this time, so I can’t say this birthday is better per se. However, I don’t miss the blistering heat or the insane amount of walking we did, so I’m going to say this birthday is just as good only different.

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Autism Parenting Tips: Get rid of the cute words Wednesday, Jun 27 2012 


I’m posting this for parents of autistic kids, but it really applies to everyone. Just so you know why I’m posting this, I spent the morning at our local Child Advocacy Center. I am on my county social services advisory board, so I’m seeing stuff that is a little off the beaten path but very necessary for the folks that need it. A Child Advocacy Center is a place where abused children can be interviewed once instead of submitting to multiple interviews for the school, the police, the court, etc, and reliving the horrible event each time. It is a safe,comforting place, and they have the interview taped and all the team questions asked at one time with a great deal of collaboration between agencies.

What struck me most about the tour was the discussion about how many different and odd names people use to describe their private parts. While I’m not going to go into detail, I’m sure everyone reading can reflect on at least 4 euphemisms that bring a chuckle and a couple that cause alarm. We are guilty of doing the same thing in our household, although I’m not sure why. It seems to be a part of human nature that we can’t call our genitalia by their clinical names.

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Happy Belated Fathers Day 2012! Monday, Jun 18 2012 


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Fathers Day 2012, a photo by mithraeus on Flickr.
Hello all my Autism Dads! I meant to write this post yesterday, but I was too busy enjoying myself to approach a computer! At any rate, here are my top of mind tips to help your next Father’s Day be as awesome as it should be.1. Autism doesn’t stop because its Father’s Day (more…)

I was on the radio! My Rivers of Faith with Donna Tyson interview. Thursday, May 31 2012 


Hey everyone. Just a quick blurb. I was on the Rivers of Faith radio show with Donna Tyson. She also interviewed another parent, Cheri Goodwin Britton.  It was fun, and pretty informative. You can check it out on their website. Its also available on Itunes. Thanks for having me, Donna!

The new incidence rate for autism is 1 in 88 children. Wednesday, May 9 2012 


New incidence numbers came out last month, and the CDC announced that the rate of autism is 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys.  Those are epidemic level numbers. However, I waited to post about this until almost everyone else had their say.  My reason is pretty simple. This incidence rate doesn’t change anything for me personally.

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April 2012: Autism Acceptance Month Friday, Apr 20 2012 


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I normally write these posts on World Autism Awareness Day, but this year I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to write until now. Also, I have a lot to say and wanted to let my thoughts coalesce into a more solid form prior to posting my annual self assessment. I like to take stock of where my family has been and where we are now, and I finally feel ready to do that.

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2012 Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly: Autism Action Items Tuesday, Jan 10 2012 


Okay, the Commonwealth of 2012 Virginia General Assembly starts today and those of us in the Virginia autism community should roll up our sleeves. This year is a long session and we have a lot to do.I’m focusing my efforts on a few things, and recommend everyone out there do the same.

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Tips for folks who don’t know better: Autism does not equal insanity Tuesday, Dec 13 2011 


Autism presents very differently from person to person. Its tough to look at someone and say “oh, that’s autism.” It is significantly more challenging to define and, consequently, much more difficult to pigeonhole. Because of that, many people assume that autistics have classic “insanity.” For the record, they are not the same thing.

Normally I would use reductio ad absurdum to show that the concept of insanity is outdated and based on a mental health model better left in the 1800s. I do not, however, have time to cover 100+ years of mental health so I’m going to say simply that the new crazy is much more well defined than the old crazy. The DSM-IV breaks out a number of conditions that were once lumped together. Autistic disorder is just one of those with an expanded definition.

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Is it medical or educational? Wednesday, Dec 7 2011 


I recently watched a local news story that upset me. You can watch it yourself at the WUSA Channel 9 site. It is about a 6 year old boy who came home wearing a weighted belt, which is an OT support used to help kids regulate themselves. The mother was quite upset and is calling it a case of restraint.

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