Just Amazing

Sometimes my job is difficult, frustrating, or annoying. Sometimes it makes me feel like the luckiest person in the world. This day was the second kind. And not just because I got to wear a bathing suit to work! *** Less than a year ago, I would arrive at his house, pile into the car… Continue reading Just Amazing

Communication is a collaboration

It takes (at least) two people to communicate. The transfer of information does not happen in a void. Lots of professional people have written professional things about this, everywhere from brain injury journals to Star Trek fan forums. Here's what it looks like (sometimes) in real life: My client takes his mother's hand, tugs. She… Continue reading Communication is a collaboration

Autism Awareness Month: Before You Light It Up Blue

It's almost April, and you know what that means. "Autism" is the word of the day. Speaking of words, many of us were told: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me." I think we all know that's not true. Words can hurt a lot, even words that aren't meant… Continue reading Autism Awareness Month: Before You Light It Up Blue

Fever Dreams and Philosophical Musings

Last night, I fell asleep with a mild fever. My life chased me into my dreams. *** In my dream, my client breaks something while I struggle to help his mother in the kitchen. His ABA team makes him stay up all night cleaning, and in the morning a troop of therapists convenes to discuss… Continue reading Fever Dreams and Philosophical Musings

Small Miracles

Here's the flip side to my last post. Here's what makes this job worthwhile. *** Yesterday, an autistic child whose average attention span is about 30 seconds curled up next to me on the couch and let me read almost 30 pages of "The Reason I Jump" out loud. Yesterday, a girl who generally insists… Continue reading Small Miracles

A Call to Action

[Keep reading. I'm not actually talking about autism] No one wants to admit this. There is a crisis in this country and across the world. An epidemic, if you will. There is a terrifying large percentage of people with a certain disorder of brain function that involves major deficits in many key areas-- including sensory… Continue reading A Call to Action

Breaking Down ABA, Again: Part 3; Some Advantages of ABA Methodology

This post continues from part 2 *** Let me note, before I start, that the advantages I'm talking about here are a matter of applying scientific and behaviorist principles to a situation. This doesn't necessarily require an ABA program-- it's just that, currently, ABA is the primary program in which these methods are used. ABA… Continue reading Breaking Down ABA, Again: Part 3; Some Advantages of ABA Methodology