Your BFF has come to you, distraught: “They say he’s on the autism spectrum.”
She’s speaking of her son or daughter, whose behavior has been puzzling and challenging for a while. Now she…has a diagnosis, and in spite of the widespread media coverage of autism in recent years she may be confused and scared. What do you say? I have been there and done this—from both sides. My son was born in 1989, before the term “autism spectrum” was even in use. The first label my husband… >> Read More
Why on earth would a 10-year-old boy get arrested? Why should any 10-year-old get arrested? To me, there doesn't seem to be a good reason, like, at all. But this is sadly what happened to John…Benjamin Haygood, a 10-year-old boy from Florida. John, who has autism, was arrested while at his school, Okeechobee Achievement Academy in Florida, by a school officer, according to The Washington Post. The incident was recorded on video by the boy's mother, showing John saying, “I don’t want to be touched. I don’t like to be touched.”… >> Read More
When my son Jack was small, he hated Passover. He had a real dread of the Seder that I couldn’t understand and he couldn’t articulate. You see, he’s on the autism spectrum; language is…challenging for him on a good day. And the more anxious something makes him, the less access he has to the language he needs to express why. The clue to his issue with the holiday came when he was in fourth grade, the year he first studied Greek Mythology in school. In the weeks leading up… >> Read More
It’s been a hell of a year for me and my kids.
My oldest was recently given a diagnosis on the Autism spectrum—not a surprise, but a confirmation of something we’d long suspected. We skated…by without the official stamp for as long as we could, because my son is also gifted and was coasting academically. But third grade came at him like a car with no brakes; his peers had recalibrated socially overnight, and he was suddenly required to use organizational skills he’d never mastered. Frustrated, he’s been sitting… >> Read More
There's now in airport in Europe that is making passengers with autism and special need more comfortable. Shannon Airport in Ireland is now officially the first airport in Europe to open a…sensory room for people with autism. It's kind of crazy how this hasn't happened already--but at least it's starting to happen more and more. The new room is near the the airport’s departure lounge--which was designed by education and therapy company Adam & Friends, includes hats and wristbands for the passengers to use so they can… >> Read More