Jan 23 2015

QBLOG: The kid can TYPE!

typing sheet

I am so proud of Quentin. Yes, we have had a really rough winter. There have been aggressive outbursts, middle-of-the-night wakings, and self-injurious behavior to deal with. Our whole family struggles with these issues right along with him; we are all along for the ride. I choose not to dwell on these issues here, on …

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Jan 08 2015

COOL STUFF: uChoose – an iPad app about social skills (a giveaway!)

app icon

Hello dearest blog readers! I know it’s been a long time since I last posted, but I have a REALLY good excuse – and it’s not about Quentin or traveling somewhere exotic or winning the lottery. I’ve actually been working really hard at my new job – which is a company called InteractAble. We finally …

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Dec 05 2014

REVIEW: Digital Youth with Disabilities (book)

Digital youth with disabilities

A new book by Meryl Alper was published last month by MIT Press, called Digital Youth with Disabilities. It’s part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Reports on Digital Media Learning series – but in many ways, it feels like it was written just for me! Full disclosure: Meryl Alper and I are …

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Nov 14 2014

COOL STUFF: Sesame Street’s Autism Initiative


I had heard rumors of something regarding autism awareness and Sesame Street a few years ago. I have worked for Sesame Workshop before, and colleagues there had told me that there was a lot of interest in creating something along those lines. So it was not entirely shocking to me this week to see social …

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Nov 07 2014

QBLOG: Halloween, aka “Mom Learns Her Lesson”

Q costume choices

Quentin is not a big fan of Halloween. He’s okay with it, but it’s not his favorite holiday. He can do without it, actually… unlike most American children I know. I can say this now, but I didn’t really know it a week ago. Sure, the kids loves candy – who doesn’t? He also likes …

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Oct 24 2014

COOL STUFF: Virtual Tours – Before and After Travel

virtual tour

Most parents, teachers and therapists who work with children who have autism know that visual schedules and social stories can be amazing tools. Pictures help those with ASD understand the plan visually, enhancing the understanding that sometimes verbal explanations miss. On this blog, I have reviewed apps like Kid in Story that help me create …

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Oct 17 2014

REVIEW: Happy Geese (app)

happy geese icon

What do I love more than a good app for children with special needs? A good app for special needs kids that allows them to interact socially with their families! Luckily, I am not the only one who thinks this way; the fine people at the Appically, a Barcelona-based app company, developed Happy Geese with …

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Oct 03 2014

COOL STUFF: Closed captioning for autism

Thomas screenshot

I have been doing a lot of consulting for WNET/ Channel 13, the PBS affiliate here in New York City. It’s really fun work to me because it involves creating materials for educators who work with kids who have autism spectrum disorders around the characters in Thomas & Friends. As you may or may not …

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Sep 19 2014

QBLOG: A Summer “Unplugged” at Smuggler’s Notch

Q on a llama trek!

We are a tech and media family; I think I’ve made that pretty clear on this blog. For one thing, all four of us love our screen time. (Really, children’s educational media and technology is my career. So basically, I think about this stuff all the time!) This summer, however, we took some time to …

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Aug 22 2014

HOW-TO: Download YouTube videos onto your iPad

youtube download

While most of the country is getting ready to go back to school, we are heading out for a week-long summer vacation. Schools start later in our part of the world and we like to take advantage of smaller crowds in vacation spots! (Also, Quentin – like many special needs students – only has a …

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