Category Archives: November 2010

Autism Dad: Hell is other people

Editor’s Note: Also available on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/BajaBreeze#!/pages/Autism-Dad/160327080653310 *** I never took a philosophy course in college. Back then, my great philosophical inquiry was, “Who’s buying the next round?”  So it may surprise you that recently I began investigating the … Continue reading

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Is Autism Dad an Autism Warrior? (Part 1)

Earlier this week I had the privilege to interview Kim Stagliano, a prolific writer and mother of three autistic girls. In our correspondence she referred to me as an “Autism Warrior,” the highest of compliments. Apparently she assumed that, like … Continue reading

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Autism Angles: One-on-One with Kim Stagliano

Editor’s Note: Autism Dad introduces a new feature, Autism Angles, with original interviews and feature stories. Also available at:  http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Autism-Dad/160327080653310 Batting first: Kim Stagliano…Wife, writer, and mother of three girls with autism–that should be enough, yes? Not! Kim is also managing … Continue reading

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Autism Dad: Gratitude (poem)

I am grateful for: A simple smile A momentary connection A fleeting flirtation Bear hugs and bare feelings Ben laughing and Ben healing A change of seasons A spring bloom A second chance 

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Autism Dad: Building the Foundation

I had 24 hours to vacate what was once our dream home. I’d spent the day sifting through the last of my stuff, packing boxes, and transporting what I could fit into my car. Losing your home is a devastating … Continue reading

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Autism Dad: Happy Friday!

It’s 2 p.m. on a grey and overcast Friday with rain on the way. I picked up the boys this morning and ever since, they’ve been having a blast on the trampoline which–here comes the teaser–will play a leading role in … Continue reading

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Autism Dad: “Cry Daddy!”

Empathy and humor seem to be deficits in many kids with autism. However, Ben shows signs of having a capacity for both. Take his curious fascination with crying. If there’s a baby in crisis, Ben’s finely tuned radar will pick … Continue reading

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Autism Dad: Fake it ‘til you make it

A few years out of college, the only job I could find was as a door-to-door salesman. I remember it clearly. I was picked up in a van and dropped off in a suburban neighborhood with a motley crew of … Continue reading

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Autism Dad: Play Baseball! (Part 1)

Early on Ben had problems speaking. With his right arm, however, he could speak the language of baseball. As soon as I’d get home from work, we’d gather the red plastic bat with the big barrel and a Wiffle ball. … Continue reading

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Autism Dad: Play Baseball! (Part 2)

Perhaps Ben was autistic the day he was born. It could be that the symptoms, to which we are now accustomed, had lay dormant or existed in mild form. Then something, the big mysterious something, happened to accelerate things. You … Continue reading

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