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Every now and then, the news cycle has a story about screen time and children that makes me shake my head. While these stories are meant to showcase the latest research, they instead almost always feature fear-inducing headlines that make parents feel guilty for allowing their children to interact with […]

RESEARCH REVIEW: Is handheld screen time use associated with language ...


Giving Voice: Mobile Communication, Disability, and Inequality is the latest book from Dr. Meryl Alper. For those of you who are long-time readers of the iQ Journals, Alper’s name might be familiar to you; I interviewed her for this blog several years ago. In this new book, she explores the […]

REVIEW: Giving Voice: Mobile Communication, Disability, and Inequality


It was about a year and a half ago that Sesame Street launched it’s Autism Initiative and I was so excited. I wrote a review about it on this blog. Mostly, my review was positive. A main sticking point, for me, was that they created Julia, an autistic Muppet, but […]

Hopes and Fears for an Autistic Muppet



What would your life be like if words – and wordplay – were your favorite things, but you were not able to hold a conversation? This is basically where we are right now with Quentin. He is no longer nonverbal. Hooray! This alone is HUGE for us. I never thought […]

QBLOG: Word association


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  I lost Quentin one day last week. That is, he ran away and could not be found. It was just about 10 or 15 minutes, but time seemed to stop and slow down during the whole episode. It was around 6:30pm. The babysitter had left and I was playing […]

QBLOG: Elevators and Elopement


It’s always a crap shoot with school pictures – you send your kid to school in nice clothes (preferrably nothing with a chewed collar or torn at the sleeves), you pay your money to the photographer, and you hope for the best. Then sometimes, magic happens. I don’t normally share […]

QBLOG: That’s my boy!



Quentin’s newfound love, passion, and enthusiasm is the TV show Blue’s Clues. This warms my heart. I’ll explain why his new favorite thing makes me feel good, and then offer some thoughts as to why it’s so appealing to his autistic brain. First, know that Quentin’s other passions – corporate […]

QBLOG: Blue’s Clues – the new passion


Quentin is nine years old. Technically, that puts him in fourth grade. (In reality, he has no real grade; he has always been grouped with kids within 3 years of his age range. This is how it goes for many special needs kids.) For the first time since he was […]

QBLOG: Why we are done with the ABA school


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When I heard that the Sundance Channel in the U.S. would be airing the British show “The A Word,” I knew I had to watch. I have often bemoaned the fact that there is not enough representation of autistic people in popular culture. (I have even been so bold as […]

REVIEW: ‘The A Word’ (television show)



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I had the good fortune of seeing the new documentary, Life, Animated, last week in Brooklyn with Rooftop Films. And then… I saw it again at a special screening at the United Nations. I was very excited to see it; I’ve been following the film’s producers ever since it was […]

Review: Life, Animated (movie)


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We attended a family event a few weeks ago. The photographer was Marj Kleinman, and because she’s a good friend of mine, she offered to take some family photos. At first, our posing looked cute, but it lacked something special. Then we noticed that Quentin was holding his arms out […]

QBLOG: Family Photos with ASD


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Dear Universal Studios, When parents like me bring their child with autism and ADHD to big theme parks, we never quite know what to expect. So much about theme parks, in general – the crowds, the noise, the waits, and the unpredictable nature of how rides will go – make […]

QBLOG: Thank you, Universal Studios Orlando!