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A + for The A-Word: The most authentic look at Autism on screen.

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I worked for several years with a succession of autistic children—which mostly means boys—kids who were mainstreamed in regular education classrooms, with a classroom aide assigned to shadow them. That was me, the shadow. 

We also lived next door to a family who had an autistic son who became one of our son’s closest playmates, until we moved away at the end of elementary school. Chris, with his funny idiosyncrasies is the source of some very sweet memories, as well as moments of high drama. That’s what you get with autism, children who can be deeply involved when their needs and passions are directed and shared but who can sometimes find it frustrating when those needs are brushed aside. 

It’s typical for an autistic child to want to talk about dinosaurs—or whatever the passion is—and be frustrated while the rest of the kids have moved on to another topic. The autistic child is focused on that stegasaurus and exactly how cool it is, just not quite getting that the others don't shar…

L: Let's liven this place up


Due to my insane decision to take part in the AtoZChallenge, I've been hanging out here a lot more than usual of late, as well as taking time to visit many of you. One thing kept hitting me in the face again and again as I stopped by some of your very beautifully designed pages—I wish I'd gone with WordPress! So many sharp-looking blogs out there to covet. The look of my own blog was boring me to tears so I decided to liven things up a bit around here. Looking for a sleeker, cleaner feel I've freshened up just a tiny bit. It's not a complete face lift, more like a change of dress and a couple of small Botox injections. I can already see it needs a dash of color but I'm not sure what to do about that. I guess I'll live with it for a bit, see how it wears but you know how young girls get weary wearing the same old dress? That goes for web page designs too. I am sad the new layout means I have to lose one of my favorite pictures, this shot of my brother and me when we were little kids, at what must be Bekonscot Model Village and Railways in England. I'm not losing it completely, it's still there over on the right, but now you have to click the tab to see it. I'll miss seeing our two little happy faces, beaming like beneficent giants. Maybe I can figure out a way to keep it visible. Anyone know?

It's still the AtoZChallenge, and the Letter is L.

Liven: verb (used with object)
1.
to put life into; rouse; enliven; cheer (often followed by up):
What can we do to liven up the party?
verb (used without object)
2.
to become more lively; brighten (usually followed by up):
If this party doesn't liven up soon, let's leave.

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  1. ONG! Those earthlings have mutated into giants!

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Cohost
    Twitter: @StephenTremp

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