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    How I Win (& Lose) for My Son With Autism

      Since Nick was diagnosed with autism in 1999, various education caseworkers have been assigned to him. There was a gentle man with a white goatee who retired to Yorkshire. Then we had a disheveled, overworked woman who was genuinely kind-hearted but always on the…

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    Neurodiversity & Early Intervention

        All human brains are similar in structure and function; it is the microscopic variation in how they connect internally, synapse to synapse, that defines our individuality and what we consider to be our “self.” What we hold in our imaginations, what thoughts are triggered by…

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    Alfred Hitchcock And How To Teach Autistic Children

        Alfred Hitchcock has something to tell us about educating children—I know that is hard to believe.  I learned that during the film-making process he worked off two scripts. He had the normal script, what he called the “blue script”, which included all the…

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    Why You Shouldn’t Wait For An Autism Diagnosis

      My son was diagnosed with autism early here in the United Kingdom, where the current wait for an assessment for autism is over two years. In fact, Network Autism recently published an article indicating parents “tended to wait around 3½ years before receiving an autism diagnosis…

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    A Broken Piano

    My favourite piece of music is Keith Jarrett’s Köln Concert, an hour-long piece improvised, as all of Jarrett’s concerts are, on a solo piano in front of a live audience. You know the story, right?   For the concert, he’d requested a particular piano, a…

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    Vaccines and the Spectrum of Illness

      Last night, yet another person told me I was deluded to imagine any adverse effects on my kids after their childhood vaccinations. I hadn’t gotten two sentences into expressing my concerns before he stopped me. As though I was a tiresome burden to his superior intellect, he said, “Marti,…

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    The Insider’s Guide to My Celebration of Ganna

      Five years ago, I took my son, who was then aged fourteen, to a Greek Orthodox Church, dropping him off at 11:15am and then hiding among closed Sunday shops in Reading until half an hour before the service was due to end at 1pm.…