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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…

Travel: Other Places


Beach Music From San Juan to Santa Monica

Turkish Delight  Izmir, Turkey 


Surfing Lessons   San Juan Puerto Rico

London Blues   Travels with my sister

By the Bay, Barely   On going topless in France

5 Ways to Feel like Youre in France  When you’re franc-less

The first time I saw Paris  Paris when it drizzles

The Height of Hubris  The top of Notre Dame

Storming the Bastille   Paris in the summer of 89

Pretty French Postcards  From Paris to Bandol

The Price of Potatoes  Bandol

Sous le soleil  Bandol

The Walk   About a boy in Bandol [the beginning]

The Kiss   About a boy in Bandol [the middle]

Garlic & Gauloises   About a boy in Bandol [the end]


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