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Month: December 2018

Book Review: Ido in Autismland

While my son’s autistic symptoms aren’t as socially crippling as those confronted by the author of this book, I can’t see many other books opening my eyes in the way this book has. At this point in time I’ve read probably 20 books about autism and only about 4 of those were actually written by autistic people. Ido Kedar, who was 15 years old at the time the book was published, is a shining example of 1) why we should be eager to hear what autistic people have to say and 2) why we need to believe in our children…

Film Review: Louis Theroux: Extreme Love – Autism

I think Louis Theroux is an amazing documentarian and once we got handed my son’s diagnosis, I couldn’t wait to watch this. This documentary focuses on a school in New Jersey built solely for educating Autistic children and that’s incredible. I was really curious to see how the parents of these children went about life, love and, in some cases, loss. As far as a documentary goes, this film, and its main man, follow all the rules and doesn’t waste time away from the main characters. It’s only an hour long and it moves quickly and naturally through the various…

Welcome to the Club!

If you are reading this then there is a strong chance that you recently found out that your domestic job title was changing from Dad to “Autism Dad” or “Special Needs Dad” or something similar. This new job will likely be more demanding than your previous role and, like it or not, comes with more responsibilities. Effective immediately. In all reality, the operating costs for this new job will be higher than your previous position and the hours will be longer. Unless you are planning to completely abandon your post (that is, your role as a parent, partner and/or provider)…