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Empowering with a Push

At a recent lecture by Dr. Temple Grandin in my hometown of Frederick, Maryland, a father of a local high school student with autism shared, “People with autism have the same desires as anyone else, and those can be squashed … Continue reading

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Rain Man:  Then and Now

The movie Rain Man hit movie theatres on December 16, 1988; almost 30 years ago.  Our son Jimmy was 12 at the time.  Who would have guessed a movie about an autistic savant would become a box office hit, grossing … Continue reading

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A Debt of Gratitude

Bernie Rimland , along with his wife Gloria, have a special place in my heart.  Twelve years ago this month he died.  Mr. Rimland was an ordinary parent who lived an extraordinary life.  More than sixty years ago, his son … Continue reading

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Where Are the Fathers of Autistic Children?

For the last two years, I have been immersing myself in the research on autism.  One area of interest to me is what research can tell us about the role of fathers in raising children with autism.  A few observations: … Continue reading

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Forest and DT: Bringing Out the Best in Each Other

Forest, Mississippi is a small southern town with a population around 6,000.  One researcher, using Census data and science to rank the most economically and ethnically diverse cities in the state of Mississippi, put Forest on top.  People of many … Continue reading

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Siblings and Autism:  A Key Piece of the Puzzle

Harriet’s younger brother, Archie, was diagnosed as insane at a young age.  Because of that diagnosis, Archie would spend the vast majority of his life in cold, sterile state-run institutions.  Institutional staff considered Archie untrainable.  He was housed with adults, … Continue reading

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Autism and Jimmy’s Loud Hands

Difficulty making eye contact Difficulty dealing with changes in routine Hand-flapping and other repetitive behaviors Meltdowns or tantrums According to findings from one recent study, these autistic symptoms and behaviors are primarily responsible for the social exclusion experienced by individuals … Continue reading

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Autism and “being the other”

In a poignant article about his life as an “other,” Arturo Madrid talks about growing up in a small village in New Mexico, going on to graduate school at UCLA, and then teaching at Dartmouth College.  As a Mexican-American, he … Continue reading

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Sesame Street Becomes More Diverse

Almost one-half century ago, Sesame Street began its remarkable run.  By combining education and entertainment, it appealed to parents and children alike.  At the present, it is seen in more than 140 countries.  Even though it is considered a children’s … Continue reading

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