Jul 18 2014

RESEARCH: Video eye-tracking patterns for individuals with autism


I often watch Quentin watch television (or streaming video on his iPad) and wonder about what he’s learning from it. He likes to rewind. He often will re-watch the same part of a video clip over and over again. He also likes to flip around and see different clips, as if he’s looking for something. …

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Jul 11 2014

QBLOG: I {heart} scripting from books!

that is not my bunny

Let me be the first to say it if no one else has: I LOVE it when my son with autism “scripts” from books. My heart melts when I hear Quentin’s voice repeat a phrase he has learned to read. It’s amazing to hear something from my child who once had so few words. When …

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Jul 03 2014

QBLOG: Quentin and logo love – an annotated summary

logo love - iQj

Many of you might be encountering my blog for the very first time this week, clicking over from Ron Suskind’s Life, Animated website. (If you are a longtime reader, you might want to click over there to check it out, as one of my recent musings was re-posted as part of the Life, Animated – …

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Jun 26 2014

REVIEW: iSequences (app)

isequences boy

One day Quentin approached me with his iPad and looked at me earnestly. “App Store,” he said. “App store?” I asked. “Are you asking for the App Store on your iPad?” “Yes,” he said, handing me the iPad. Normally, I keep that app hidden from him. I have his iPad set up with password protection, …

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Jun 20 2014

Research: The various interests/ passions of ASD children

drawing trains

Both personally and professionally, I have been interested in learning more about the obsessions/ affinities/ passions of children with autism. It seems like such a common phenomenon; I know so many children with autism who have grown attached to one concept, film/ TV show, object or set of objects. For Quentin, it is corporate logos, …

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Jun 12 2014

HOW-TO: Co-view with your child who has autism

Family Watching TV

As I explained in my last post, I have been a proponent of co-viewing for quite some time; in fact, my old blog, The Co-viewing Connection, offers some tips on how to co-view with typically-developing children. However, once Quentin came into my life, I realized that the co-viewing experience is quite different with a child …

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Jun 06 2014

QBLOG: Co-viewing and autism

coviewing with F and Q

When I became pregnant with my twins, I was a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University. I was studying Cognitive Studies in Education; my dissertation was about parent-child co-viewing of Sesame Street. The premise was that if we interact with children around screen media the way we do around books, learning will be enhanced. …

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May 30 2014

REVIEW: Life, Animated (book)

life animated

I first discovered Ron Suskind’s book by reading his piece in the New York Time’s Magazine came out this past March, called, “Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney.” This piece was a taste of the book which was released a few weeks later in April. One taste, but I immediately wanted to read more. To …

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May 23 2014

QBLOG: The Happy Birthday Song – an update

cake time cropped

It’s hard to believe, but Quentin and Fiona are turning 7 years old this week. Exciting stuff! My children are not the little kids they used to be. Last weekend, we hosted Quentin’s birthday party at one of our favorite hang-outs: A non-profit sensory play gym called Extreme Kids & Crew. (This is the first …

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May 16 2014

COOL STUFF: 5 ways photos on the iPad can benefit kids with autism

ipad photos

Temple Grandin was the first person to introduce me to the idea that people with autism are visual thinkers and learners. I have realized that this is more than true for Quentin. He is attracted to looking at realistic pictures of things; he always prefers picture books with photos, for example. I’m pretty sure that …

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