Apr 15 2015

INTERVIEW: Noel MacNeal, puppeteer


When I got word via social media that Noel MacNeal was creating a show just for kids with autism, I have to admit, I was a little excited. Most people know Noel as the character “Bear” from a show called Bear in the Big Blue House on Disney. That character was big, but not frightening; …

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Apr 01 2015

QBLOG: The seven-year-old self-advocate


The other day, I took Quentin to the playground. It’s been a long, harsh winter, and going to the playground felt like a novelty again. Quentin was very happy to walk there, because he got to practice his new found habit/ skill/ perseverative interest: Asking people what their name is. I know what you are …

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Mar 06 2015

QBLOG: The right kind of attention

getting attention

We spend a lot of time paying attention to Quentin. We pay attention to him when he eats. (“Get back in your chair please, Quentin.”) We pay attention when gets off the bus. (“No, don’t eat the snow, Quentin. Bunny cookie snack inside!”) We pay attention when he uses the bathroom. (“Wash hands, please. Good …

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Feb 27 2015

REVIEW: YouTube Kids app – An ASD perspective

youtube kids

The highly anticipated YouTube Kids app launched this week, which generated a lot of buzz among children’s media and tech professionals. Reviews have been pouring in left and right. People have big opinions about one of the world’s most popular video sites/ apps turning to the kids’ market. Most of the reviews have been fairly …

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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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