Sep 12 2017

Jake’s Drinking Problem?

In Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, I found a wonderful definition of echolalia; “the term of art for the way autistic people sample the speech they hear around them and repurpose it for their own use.”  The book, as an aside, was amazing.  It opened my eyes to so many …

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Sep 08 2017

The Code

Do you have a code?  One that you live by?  The Boy Scouts do.  The US Military does.  The Vikings did; the Samurai did; even our church does.  It’s what they stand for.  It’s a kind of ancient mission statement with values.  I did quite a bit of reading this summer, and one of the …

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Sep 06 2017

Success!

Monday, we discussed the starting of Jake’s Sophomore year at school.  His big concern, in fact his only concern, was about Outdoor PE.  He hated the idea of having gym class outside, especially on wet or cold days.  He had asked us if he could change it, and we told him if he wanted to …

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Sep 04 2017

Jake’s Sophomore Year

Things can and must change.  This is the nature of things.  Also the nature of boys.  Jake is a newly minted Sophomore this year, and he’s already off and running.  The school has a new principal, and Jake has been talking about how much he wants to “respect Mr. Ring” for weeks.  He has promised …

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May 05 2017

Everyone Loves A Bad Boy

He’s back!  Jake’s two week ban from posting on YouTube has ended!  His first order of business?  Post the video I made in iMovie of his Special Olympics adventures.  I never did get a response from the “appeal form” I submitted requesting some level of intervention. I wanted to keep the two weeks for lesson-learning purposes, but …

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May 03 2017

Special Olympics: Penobscot Track and Field

Today was, I suspect, the first of many Special Olympic appearances for Jake.  This path started for him back in August of ’16 when he watched with wide eyes the athletes of the world compete in Rio.  He asked his mother if he, too, could do that.  As we looked at each other across the …

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May 01 2017

15th Annual ASM Walk for Autism

I realize that most of my readers are also friends from Facebook where I’ve shared some photos, but I want to do so here as well.  The Walk was a big success!  The weather was bright and cool, the crowd was big, and the money raised was $58,000+.  An excellent day.  Jake got his irises …

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May 01 2017

Autism as a Super Power?

Recently, Beth and I were giving a presentation of what sensory integration is, how to recognize dysfunction, and some strategies that may help a kid feel more comfortable and successful in school and at home.  It was an honor, and a lot of fun, too.  I always get so nervous before speaking with a group, …

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Apr 27 2017

Canaan York: A Real Class Act

I was doing some beginner spring cleaning the other day, when I found a letter Olivia had written to family friend and author, Canaan York after he had visited her class.  It’s a sweet little letter.  It reads: “Dear Cannan, I REALLY love your books!  I want to be a author when I grow up …

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Apr 24 2017

The End of Jake’s YouTube Channel?

Jake’s in trouble. He’s violated YouTube Community Guidelines, and not for the first time.  He is posting unwanted and copywritten material in a pervasive and persistent manner to the popular site.  He’s pretty freaked.  We didn’t know for a couple of reasons.  1.  Who reads the fine print?  2.  Jake doesn’t check his email  3.  …

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Feb 11 2017

What a wild week!

It’s been a wild week.  We’re at the epicenter of the Super Storm that is basketball, cheering, pep band, and show choir.   All Star Rec Basketball and Pep Band are almost over, but Competition Cheering and Show Choir are ramping up for the upcoming regionals.  It leaves precious little free time.  Mix that in …

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Feb 06 2017

Rec Away Game

The day after the Super Bowl.   Everybody was up too late last night and apparently up too early this morning.   Everybody’s tired.  Everybody’s cranky.  Everybody had a Monday.   Here we sit on the sidelines at the Patten Rec Center, 30+ miles from home with zero chance of getting to bed early.   …

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