Archive for the 'Autism' Category

SHERIFF BROWN MAKES MY CASE…

May 26th, 2014

On Sunday, Santa Barbara’s county sheriff, Bill Brown, blamed failures in mental-health treatment for the fact that [Elliot] Rodger’s behaviour had worried people around him and precipitated three contacts with police, most recently last month, but had not caused an intervention that might have averted the slaughter. “I think the fact of the matter is, […]

DRAWING AUTISM, EXPANDED…

May 4th, 2014

This first image, while beautiful art, is almost expected, the kind of image a lay person, asked to suggest what art by a person on the Autism spectrum would produce, might describe. Mouse-over the picture however, for equally beautiful, but unexpected art. Maria Popova writes: Autism and its related conditions remain among the least understood […]

JUNK FOOD IS KILLING ME (US)…

December 9th, 2012

When asked how I managed to shed 80 pounds in nine months my first response is always: I stop eating junk food. Watching Emily Bazelon’s presentation on girls with Autism lead me to this quote from Clifford Nass: Our research shows a link between face-to-face contact and good relationships because that’s the best way to […]

WHAT DOES HAVING AN EMPATHY DEFICIT MEAN…?

December 8th, 2012

AUTISM IS NOT CONTAGIOUS; THE DIAGNOSIS IS…

December 18th, 2011

This is what rationed health care looks like. From the Los Angeles Times: Discovering Autism. Rates of autism have exploded over the last 20 years. In exploring the phenomenon and its repercussions, Los Angeles Times staff writer Alan Zarembo interviewed dozens of clinicians, researchers, parents and educators and reviewed scores of scientific studies. Zarembo, along […]

MORE FUEL ON THE AUTISM FIRE…

December 17th, 2011

Originally, the trailer was available for embedding and the full show was avialable through the CBC and Vimeo, but those links are now broken. I work with students with Autism Sepctrum Disorder. I see and feel the frustration of parents who need answers. The comments on the CBC page are just a hint of the […]

PRETTY, BUT IS IT HELPFUL…?

June 10th, 2010

CONNECTING THE AUTISM DOTS…

October 27th, 2009

If I were a member of a young couple today and planning to start a family, I would be scared witless by the statistics regarding children born with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Only a year or so ago the figure was that one child in 150, or .67 percent, born in the United States would […]

WHEN CELEBRITIES GET STUPID… [Updated]

May 7th, 2009

[Update -- 9 May: See also: Liar, Liar: Jim Carrey and the Misinformation About Vaccines and Autism and Neuroligica Blog...] I got a tetanus shot a few weeks ago. Just a regular booster, a smart thing to do. Dying from tetanus isn’t fun. In generalized tetanus, the initial complaints may include any of the following: […]

HOW YOU ANSWER MAY SURPRISE YOU…

November 7th, 2008

Edouard Machery writes: The Free-Cup Case: Joe was feeling quite dehydrated, so he stopped by the local smoothie shop to buy the largest sized drink available. Before ordering, the cashier told him that if he bought a Mega-Sized Smoothie he would get it in a special commemorative cup. Joe replied, ‘I don’t care about a […]

A SENSORY-FRIENDLY STAR WARS UPDATE…

August 19th, 2008

Last Wednesday I posted about a sensory-friendly showing of the animated feature: Star Wars — The Clone Wars this coming Saturday. Yesterday I received this update: WHAT: AMC Entertainment and ASA have teamed up to begin testing a pilot program to bring families affected by autism a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in […]

A SENSORY FRIENDLY STAR WARS…

August 13th, 2008

When I’m wearning my educator hat, one of the tasks I perform is to work with students who have a variety forms of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Because of that role, I’m on the mailing list for The Autism Society of Greater Cleveland. This morning I got an email announcing a sensory-friendly showing of Star Wars […]

WHAT THEY SAID…

June 7th, 2008

Steven Novella wrote: The case of [facilitated communication] in general and with this specific trial show a major feature of pseudoscience – the deliberate use of bad data that can be manipulated to give a desired result. When FC is tested with proper scientific controls it is clear that that facilitator is doing all the […]

WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE ADAMS…?

June 2nd, 2008

This afternoon I went to the 3:30 showing of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I picked this weekday afternoon showing because it had a low risk of loud obnoxious kids ruining the expensive experience for me. (And I was right, I shared the theater with one other person.) I’m glad that […]

A POSTSECRET TWO-FER

August 5th, 2007

SILENTMIAOW SPEAKS…

January 26th, 2007

[Update -- 2136 -- I just got off the phone with one of my friends who is a mental health professional and educational specialist. She pointed me to the information on facilitated communication and suggested that this was likely what is going on here. I have to wonder, who is on the other side of […]

IF YOU CAN’T COMMUNICATE, IS IT LANGUAGE…?

January 26th, 2007

I’ve watched the video several times now and I’m feeling uneasy about what I’m watching. My discomfort comes from an uncertainty about the chasm between the first and second parts of the video. I’d really like to hear from the woman’s psychologist or other medical professionals who are working with her. Language exists so that […]

IN MY LANGUAGE…

January 25th, 2007

Your thoughts?

A LETTER TO THE EDITOR BLOG…

January 2nd, 2007

This evening I received the following letter in the form of a comment to a blog post that was 18 months old. It’s a long letter and it rambles quite a bit. It’s the kind of letter that a newspaper would seriously edit for length and clarity. But I don’t have a space problem and […]

THE WOMAN WHO THINKS LIKE A COW…

December 19th, 2006

Click above for the video Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to hear Dr. Temple Grandin speak in Cleveland. She gave me a number of insights into my students with Autism and helped me to better shape the strategies I use. The brain is fascinating beyond belief. Everything is in there. We just have […]

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