Feb 05 2016

Why I don’t have screen limits for my child with autism


My son, Quentin, is an 8-year-old who loves to spin, jump, and swing. He loves to make snow angels and take long bubble baths. He likes to run into local stores to look for his favorite logos, and ask everyone he meets their name. But his favorite thing in the world is his iPad, and …

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Dec 18 2015

QBLOG: Gift request

gift box

It’s not easy finding gifts for Quentin. He doesn’t exactly like typical playthings. He also doesn’t ever come right out and ask for any toys. Every year to prepare for the holidays, I go through catalogs and prowl lists on the internet looking for toys that I think he would like. I show him pictures, …

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Oct 23 2015

REVIEW: Sesame Street’s Autism Initiative


The internet exploded with the news this week: Sesame Street has a new muppet, and it’s a girl with autism! Well, at least my version of the internet exploded. On Facebook and Twitter, I have the habit of following people who are involved with a few different categories, but they mostly fall under the umbrellas …

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Sep 28 2015

QBLOG: A Hakuna Matata Moment (or, Quentin’s First Broadway Show)

lionking marquis

For those of you who don’t know me personally, understand this little tidbit about me: I’m a huge musical theater geek. This part of my personality solidified long before I had children. I’m the person who, as a child, used to “perform” musical theater numbers for my parents and their friends in our living room …

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Aug 28 2015

QBLOG: Summer of Reading… and Tech

F reading

It’s been a crazy summer in our home and I haven’t had the time for this blog. It’s the good kind of crazy, for the most part, in that we are all very busy doing our own things. Well, perhaps everyone else is fine and it’s just me, the mom, who is going crazy making …

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Jul 24 2015

QBLOG: Testing

standford binet

Every parent likes to think that his or her child – or children – is talented, or even extraordinary in some way. For example, when I describe Fiona to people who have never met her before, I always emphasize her creative mind and storytelling capabilities. She has this internal drive to create her own worlds …

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Jun 02 2015

QBLOG: Quentin the Picasso Expert


A few weeks ago Quentin approached me with a one-word request (as most of his requests are). “Dora,” he said, looking at me imploringly. “Dora the Explorer?” I asked. “Do you want me to turn on Nick Jr?” “No!” he replied, quick to stop me from looking for the remote. “Dora,” he said again. And …

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May 15 2015

QBLOG: On Memory and Autism


“What makes us smile from the inside is seeing something beautiful, or a memory that makes us laugh. This generally happens when there’s nobody watching us. And at night, on our own, we might burst out laughing underneath the duvet, or roar with laughter in an empty room … when we don’t need to think about other …

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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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