Explaining Schedules to My Son with Autism

Back to the conversation of my son and his best friend… My son has a schedule inside his head. He knows when he has some things scheduled, like school and Teen Club, and even sporting activities. But, he also has—in his own head—expected times when he can do fun things like go to his friend’s […]

Autism and the Future of Education in the United States

Rant alert. Last week, the new government confirmed, by a historic tie-breaking vice presidential vote, the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Educators, teachers unions, parents, and especially the special needs community were fearful of this woman’s confirmation. Now, it has happened. In my opinion, this is yet another low for a new […]

The Autism Affirmation

This is what I call the Autism Affirmation: My son will state something, like “You’ll pick me up at five o’clock and then we’ll go to get a burger.” This will happen right after I’ve informed him of a plan…This sample plan is that I’m picking him up and a certain time and we’ll go […]

Autism and Gauging Time

I found this topic to be very interesting. In my case, my son is often so absorbed by his activities, that specific time (as in deadlines—ones like we have to go to school now) often alludes him. He has trouble gauging, and remembering time. He gets too distracted, most of the time. In the past, […]

Autism and High School

Well, here it is, I can’t believe this is happening, but today I helped my son apply for high school. What did we do? In our local area, our high school is very respectable. It carries high honors from academics to athletics, and is has a very good reputation. However, it is a very large […]

Back to School for a Teenager with Autism

My 8th grader loves his vacations. The longer the better. He also loves his weekends. Any studying that has to occur on a weekend is met with lots of protests. How do I get my son back into the school swing of things? One thing I do is occasionally mention to my son that school […]

The Autism Affirmation

This is what I call the Autism Affirmation: My son will state something, like “You’ll pick me up at five o’clock and then we’ll go to get a burger.” This will happen right after I’ve informed him of a plan…This sample plan is that I’m picking him up and a certain time and we’ll go […]

An Autism-Friendship-related Challenge

My son has a friend—which in itself is a big deal in the world of autism. And, it’s a big deal for our kid. My son has known a lot of kids, but has never had too many close friendships over the years. And, the “friends” he did have were mostly through social groups. He […]

A Child with Autism and School

My son is in middle school. Ever since school got to be “serious” (which means nightly homework and chapter tests that need a day or two or three to get prepared), my son has sometimes had problems with the time homework and studying takes AWAY from his home time. His home time means his allotted […]

Those Precious Moments with My Son with Autism

My son’s history teacher recently gave him an assignment where he had to write about an important moment in his life that changed him in some way, or an important moment in the life of someone close to him that changed that person in some way. What did he write about? He wasn’t sure at […]