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News Roundup: How Disney Helped One Boy With Autism Find His Voice

 All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.



-There was an incredibly moving story in The New York Times this week about a young boy with autism who hadn’t communicated with his family in years. The boy’s father was able to reach the boy through Disney characters and coax him out of his shell. This is a must-read. (The New York Times)

-Spoiled brat or honor role student who was unfairly cast out by her parents? Rachel Canning accused her parents of kicking her out of the house when she turned 18 and now she is suing them for support and college funds which were set aside for her. (Associated Press)

-The “Women of the Wall” upped their ante this week, by setting up a table at the shuk in Tel Aviv and asking passing women if they would like to wear a tallit or put on tefillin. As expected, this drew some confrontation from religious men. (JTA)

-In a chilling account, Peter Lanza, whose son Adam Lanza killed his own mother and 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, describes how his son went from being a “just a normal little weird kid” to a withdrawn teen with homicidal tendencies. (The New Yorker)




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