Following Ezra by Tom Fields-Meyer

I have to say that each time I read another book on autism, I come away learning something. I wanted to say I come away with something new but really this one isn’t that at all. In many ways, it’s taking me back through a part of the journey in which I’ve already been on.

This time however, it’s like going through it again but getting a chance to see it from a different perspective. Sort of giving me closure or maybe justification for some of the feelings I had and letting me know that I’m not the only dad that felt that way. That it’s okay.

If you took the subtitle of his book What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism and Love from His Extraordinary Son and simply replaced Gumby with Thomas the Tank Engine and Otters with NASCAR, you would have my son.

Thank you Tom!

 

Autism Librarian

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New possibilities

Yesterday when I was over at the Science Daily website  doing some research, I came across a couple of articles on autism and some possible future treatments.

The first article is entitled “Single Spray of Oxytocin Improves Brain Function in Children with Autism, Study Suggests” by the Science Daily staff. Of the two, this one would appear to be sooner as the study was conducted on children.

The second article however, “Probiotic Therapy Alleviates Autism-Like Behaviors in Mice” is much earlier in the process. When I see all of the research that is going on in the field of autism, it’s hard to believe how far we’ve come in the last ten or twenty years.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

What are the odds?

As studies continue to search for clues in regard to how autism develops, some research has begun to show which populations are more susceptible and according to a recent study conducted by  the University of Minnesota, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the research and advocacy group Autism Speaks, one of those groups are Somalians.

The recent article entitled “Study Links Autism and Somalis in Minneapolis” by Donald G. McNeil, Jr. at the New York Times talks about the findings of this study. One of the interesting things about this study is that it was not designed to answer this question.

The search continues!

 

Autism Librarian

Living with autism

When I read this article last year, I knew exactly what Hal Walters was talking about. It’s the old “been there, done that“.  Anyway, while I’m another year down the road from when I read this, I still understand.

The article is entitled “Living with Autism” by Hal Walters over at the High Country News.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

Advice from a caregiver

I read this article a while ago over on the Autism Speaks website and I think for the first time last weekend, when my son went to a friends house by himself for the first time, it began to make sense. The article is entitled “A Caregiver’s Advice to Families: Open the Door” by Mark Ellis.  As he said at the end of the article and to me it’s so true, it takes a village to raise a child.

Good Night!

 

Autism Librarian

Today’s generation

As someone who technically belongs at the tail end of the baby boomers, I have grown up over the years hearing the labels placed on future generations such as generation X, the Millennials or generation Y and now we have the silent generation or generation Z.

My question is, what do we call the generation of those with autism as they move from children to adults? In a few years, my son will be an adult yet I don’t necessarily know what his future holds.

This article, when I read it, hit really close to home. Who will take care of them? The article is entitled “Autism’s Lost Generation” by Joanne Chen at Parade Magazine. I can tell you that most days, that same question is on my mind.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

Reverse inclusion, what a concept!

I have to say that it was tough when we had to pull my son back a bit the first quarter of the school year. He had done so well with his peers in some of his classes at middle school but at the High School it was just too much. I am hopeful however, that sometime down the road, we can try again.

It was just that the anxiety was just too much for him. He now even had some medication but again, I have hope. Which brings to this article that I found back earlier this year. This is something that I hope spreads across this country.

The article is entitled “Kenston Teacher’s ‘reverse inclusion’ club brings typical students into special needs classes” by Andy Attina at the Sun News. It’s an amazing idea.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

The eyes have it

As I was cleaning out some of the reading in my backpack the other night, I came across this article from the New York Times entitled “Baby’s Gaze May Signal Autism, a Study Finds” by Belluck, it gave me reason to pause back to the time my son was first diagnosed with autism.

I know that many in the autism community believe that the earlier you have the diagnosis, the better the outcome because the sooner you can find support for them. For my son, his first diagnosis was epilepsy (at the age of 11 months) but in a way that was a blessing because he began to find support.

Today, for the first time (and at the age of 14), he went to a friends house. I think it’s that reason alone that I feel like it was a great day.

Have a Blessed day!

 

Autism Librarian