Sep 19 2013

Helping Your Child With Autism Succeed In School

At the heart of autism is an expressive/receptive language disorder. Stereotypically, kids with autism have trouble expressing themselves, and trouble receiving the information given to them by others. This leads to kids who often feel anxious in new situations, and have trouble making friends. Here’s how you can help:

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Sep 19 2013

“Under The Black Ensign” Review and Giveaway!

With today being International Talk Like A Pirate Day, what better time to review Under The Black Ensign by L. Ron Hubbard. And, I’ve been authorized to give away two copies!  Written in the 1930s as part of Hubbard’s ‘Stories from the Golden Age’ series, Under The Black Ensign is a fantastic book about pirates, …

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Sep 18 2013

How This Autism Dad Stays Married

I read a list (blog readers love lists) of the six ways Laura Shumaker of www.laurashumaker.com claims to have stayed married to her husband for 29 years, while simultaneously being parents of a child with autism.  Her post was titled, “How This Autism Mom Stays Married.” It’s not a bad list, but it got me thinking.  My …

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Sep 17 2013

Only One Week Left Until Dr. Sleep!

I’ve written before of my love of books.  I’ve mentioned my gateway novel (Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King) into adult literature.  Being able to read King novels is what, in my mind, constituted having made it to the Big Show.  Once I had gotten through Eyes, Mom let me read anything I wanted.  …

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Sep 17 2013

Congratulations Piano Wizard!

A week ago, I put out a plea to Big Calf Guy Nation to help fund a pretty amazing app that would help kids (or anyone else, really) learn to play piano.  You really came through.  Thank you so much!  When I posted my call-to-arms, Piano Wizard was nearly $4,000 short of reaching it’s $20,000 …

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Sep 16 2013

Skinny Jeans, Really?

I don’t usually shop for myself.  When I get a few bucks, I’d rather spend it on my kids.  As a result, my meager wardrobe rotation gets pretty threadbare before I finally break down and try to replace something.  Thank God for ‘Jeans Day Fridays’ at work, because I was down to four workable pairs …

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Sep 16 2013

Mom’s Angry Letter Backfires

First, a little back story. Do you remember the letter, featured on Yahoo back on Aug 19th about the anonymous “pissed off mother” who had left the angry letter on Max Begley’s grandmother’s door?  Max has autism, and stays with his grandmother during the day in the summer. 

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Sep 15 2013

Autism Parents And Schools – On The Same Team

This may well have been titled – “Partnering With Schools.” Now that school’s back in session, many Autism Parents (the term I’ll use) are again turning their thoughts towards those semi-annual nightmares – IEPs. IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan.  This is the special doctrine or mandate that outlines in writing the expectations that parents, …

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Sep 14 2013

Gabriel Joseph

I brag a lot about how awesome my kids are, and frankly, it’s because they are.  Let me shed a little light on this guy right here.  He’s my little man.  My Gabe.

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Sep 12 2013

Liv Makes Breakfast For Dinner

My little Olivia is 9 going on 25. It wasn’t too long ago she began showing an interest in how things work around the house.  She’s always been maternal, so this seemed the natural progression.  She helps with laundry, watches over her brothers, and is the general worry-wart of the household when Beth’s off duty.  …

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Sep 12 2013

Experiment with Exposure – Silhouettes

You know, people often ask me what kind of camera I use. I try to impress on them that any camera, no matter how fancy, is just a box that collects light. It’s knowing how to use it that makes the difference. Not that we’re even on the same page artistically, but if I picked up Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, I still couldn’t play a chord. It’s not the tool, it’s the knowledge.

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Sep 11 2013

Jake Rocks Metallica!

I’m not sure I can overstate how epic this is. This is one of those things you can’t really plan, it just has to happen. Jake’s love of dinosaurs brought him to the point where he spends much of his computer-time watching videos of poorly drawn dinosaurs roar, yell, and eat each other.  He loves …

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