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One-minute perspective from Bryce: “If you want something extraordinary to  happen, you have to ask yourself, how am I going to make something extraordinary with what’s surrounding me? Fantasy is fun, but reality is what’s surrounding us, so if that’s what you have, that’s what you use to make something happen. Another word for reality [...]

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Ever get that prickle that comes when you know you’re supposed to perceive something as well-intentioned, but instead you’re filled with a foreboding sense that it’s not? Me, yesterday, upon receiving a poster that reads, “I love someone with autism!” Maybe it was frantic bold type and the exclamation point that rang of trying too [...]

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Last week on Facebook I skewered the platitude “Time heals all wounds.”* Here’s another bromide in need of reality check: “No one is in control of your happiness but you.” Let’s not try this out on people living in or fleeing Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic, or any other place where the bodies and lives [...]

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A parent asks: I need some help. I’ve been fighting schools for ten years now and as my son is just beginning high school, they’ve informed me he’s cured and no longer needs his IEP. Is it possible to be “cured?” I’ve spent years working with him; he’s improved immensely. I’d love your thoughts on [...]

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Fisherman: Hey, kid! There ain’t no room in this town for a dragon, and there ain’t no room in this town for jinxes like you, neither! Nora: Well, if there’s enough room for a chowderhead like you, there’s more than enough room for a dragon. This memorable scene from the movie Pete’s Dragon leads into [...]

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Who are they calling a lost cause?

Published on April 30, 2014 by in News

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“The greatest tragedy that can befall a child with autism is to be surrounded by adults who think it’s a tragedy.” That’s my most widely quoted affirmation, and while it draws overwhelming agreement, it also brings out the 1% naysayers. “Well, it’s no blessing,” comes the retort, to which I reply that not everything in [...]

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“I judge people based on how they treat me. Is there any other way?” I don’t know the person who tweeted this; it came to me as a retweet. It’s the kind of sentiment with which many people would instinctively agree, particularly the first sentence. But it was the second sentence that gave me pause. [...]

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A parent asks:  Our son is four and has autism. He taught himself computer skills, including how to use the internet. He is also a little escape artist and can get into or out of any locked door, cabinet, box, you name it, anywhere. We don’t think he’ll be safe or happy in a general [...]

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A parent asks: I have a four-year-old son with high-functioning autism. He has speech delay but is very bright and tests academically above his age. We live in a large city and are seeking all the help we can, including ABA. I have read your books about autism and your amazing journey. I’m glad to [...]

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