SIck Kid Perks

When children have experienced a life threatening event there’s a tendency for those who care about them to become overly lenient in their expectations, and to indulge them more than they normally would. Sick kids get away with doing, or not doing, a lot of the things that would never fly prior to their down […]

Continuing Education – Peds Style

I met a very articulate young man recently who has one of those invisible life threatening medical conditions, and also happens to have Asperger’s. I was working with him because of the aforementioned medical condition, not because of the autism. Mom was going to be out of the home for a while and I had […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Blanket Therapy

Have you ever heard of a weighted blanket? Or maybe a weighted vest? If your answer is “No”, these questions may conjure up visions of ancient torture apparatus, when in truth, it is quite the opposite. Body armor in the face of a battle would probably be a more appropriate visual, if you allow for […]

There Can Be Only One

As healthcare professionals we often find ourselves discussing our patients as a collective rather than as individuals. The same thing occurs in discussions about autism, and this has been highlighted with the recent changes in the way autism is medically defined and diagnosed. According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental […]