Ah, the struggles. One of the many things parents of autistic children struggle with happens to be something that all parents struggle with: Getting the kids to brush their teeth properly. Going to the dentist is hard enough! (Read my previous review of a going-to-the-dentist app and another one about […]

REVIEW: Brush Up: The Toothbrushing Training Game (app)

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 […]

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

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 […]

QBLOG: Gift request

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 […]

REVIEW: Sesame Street’s Autism Initiative

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 […]

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

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, […]

QBLOG: Summer of Reading… and Tech

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 […]

QBLOG: Testing

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. […]

QBLOG: Quentin the Picasso Expert

“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 […]

QBLOG: On Memory and Autism

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 […]

INTERVIEW: Noel MacNeal, puppeteer

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. […]

QBLOG: The seven-year-old self-advocate

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 […]

QBLOG: The right kind of attention