The Gap

I’m writing this post from a dual perspective: as a parent and as a healthcare professional. It is inspired by a tweet from @AutismScenes that appeared in my Twitter feed several weeks ago, a tweet about “the gap” and the intense feelings that gap often evokes. The gap in question is that difference between the […]

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Echolalia

I can remember as kids my siblings and I would get into a lot of trouble when we imitated something an adult said or did. The grown-ups called it mocking or “copy-catting”. Regardless of the name, it was a no-no. From a child’s perspective, it was actually pretty funny… until we got caught. Babies tended […]

DIScountedABILITIES

I feel this post should PROBABLY come with a warning and flashing lights because it is motivated by a hearsay comment – one that was reportedly made by a psychiatrist in our area who promotes himself as the local authority on pediatric autism. According to the hearsay, this psychiatrist is of the opinion that for […]

Is She “Is” or Does She “Has”?

I know, that title makes your head spin a little – especially if you’re a grammarian. But, that’s a pretty good description of the way I felt during my early days of trying to navigate the “language of the spectrum”. During my travels, I was reminded that language is fluid and ever-changing. Words that originate […]