Jul 8 2014
Five Reasons I’m Sending My Son With Autism to Sleepaway Camp
Typical parents are rarely surprised when I tell them Benjamin goes to sleepaway camp–at least not after I clarify that it’s a camp catering specifically to children with special needs. “It’s really structured,” I’ll explain. “Lots of staff members have … Continue reading
Nov 8 2013
Friday Night: What Does “I Want Shabbat” Mean in Autism Speak?
“I want Shabbat,” my son Benjamin proclaimed on a recent Saturday afternoon as the guests we’d invited over for lunch milled about the house. I looked up from the salad I was throwing together, certain I’d misunderstood him. Shabbat is … Continue reading
May 23 2013
My Son Wants to Know About God… and Bacon Too
This post is part of our month-long series featuring different ways that parents of various religions have talked to their kids about God. “I want to try bacon,” my 7-year-old son Zack declared the other night. “Well, bacon, like, really isn’t kosher,” I said … Continue reading
Mar 14 2013
How I Prepare My Autistic Son for Passover
Every year around this time I come down with an acute form of memory loss. I call it Passover Brain. With just two weeks to go before the first Seder, the panic sets in and suddenly it’s as if I’m … Continue reading
Sep 20 2012
Nine Apologies to My Autistic Son
The upside of your autistic 9-year-old making crazy massive gains? Obvious, I hope. The downside? Realizing that one day in the not-so-distant future, when he’s made even more progress, you might get called out on all the crap you said … Continue reading
Jun 25 2012
Do All Our Kids Really Need to Feel Like Winners?
On the last day of his after-school tennis program, my 6-year-old came home with a trophy. “Wow Zack, I’m so proud of you!” I said. “Why? Everyone got one.” His blasé tone shifted immediately and somewhat manically to intense excitement. … Continue reading
Apr 6 2012
Autism, Passover, and Spring Cleaning
Raising a child with autism comes with a lot of crap. I’m not talking about the stares from strangers or the battles with insurance companies and school boards. The crap I speak of today is of the tangible, dust-collecting variety.
Mar 1 2012
I Just Got Dumped
I was recently dumped. It’s the first time in years I’ve gone through a breakup, but it turns out I’m handling it exactly the same way I would have back in the day.
Jan 27 2012
Friday Night: All Florida-Bashing Ceases on Shabbat
Luckily for those obligated to listen to me, though, there is one 25-hour period each week when I cease all Florida bashing. See, on Shabbat, I kind of love it here.
Dec 27 2011
Hanukkah, Autism, and Captain America
My son Zack was 2 when his big brother noticed him for the first time.