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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…

A to Z Challenge


Like many of you, I've got a checkered past. Born in England in the 50's, my parents wandering ways meant we spent a few years in Tripoli and Turkey prior to coming to North America in the early 1960's. I came of age in Canada with the British Invasion before we took a detour to Puerto Rico and finally landed in L.A. I've been  a writer, a realtor, a media buyer, a copywriter, a Universal Studios tour guide, a substitute teacher, a film & television production coordinator and more. I've worked with stars like Brad Pitt, Bill Pullman and Elizabeth McGovern and I've worked with special needs kids who made me feel like I was the real superstar. In this year's AtoZ Challenge I've shared a handful of those stories. Sharing my life's stories, just trying to get it all down before I'm too old to remember, that's the whole point of this blog.


A: A is for Apple

B: Born in Britain

C: Cruisin' It

D: Dirt, Sex and Dr. Zhivago

E: An Everlasting Love

F: F is for The Favor. It's also for Fail

G: She's a Good Girl

H: There's no H in Satisfaction

I: Izmir

J: Swooning Under the Jacaranda Trees

K: The Key of Blue

L: Let's Liven this Place UP!

M: Meltdown Moment

N: The Name Game

O: Gimme a big fat 0, I never completed this one.

P: Past Perfect Imperfect

Q: Queen Me

R: Revisionist History

S: My Sister ... don't get me started

T: The Trip

U: She's come Undone

V: Vacate the Premises

W: Walking in L.A.

X: X-hibit A

Y: Yesterday

Z: How do you say it?

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