Tag Archives: autism

Sometimes It's Not the Legos

My son and I built our first Lego kit together. We’ve got tons of Lego bricks around the house. At one point, I even bought them off of eBay by the pound. My daughter and I assemble them together all the time, but adding my son to the activity was more accommodation than it was true participation. Until now. Read More

Don’t Touch His “Ducks” — An Autistic Boy’s Fight to Keep his Pets

Hey! City of DeBary, Florida…Don’t touch J.J Hart’s ducks! The “ducks” in question are actually chickens that J.J’s family purchased to help supply his diet with fresh eggs. Over time, a wonderful thing happened. J.J developed a connection with the chickens and now affectionately calls them his “ducks”. You see, two-year old J.J has autism spectrum disorder; a complex disorder of the brain that causes a some children to have difficulty with communication, behavior and social interaction. The chickens are therapeutic for J.J and are helping him overcome some of his autistic traits including some of his communication hurdles. Read More

Next Stop, the Moving Memoir of an Autistic Adult

If only all the memoirs I find could be as well written as Next Stop by Glen Finland. This is the first book I’ve ever read that dealt with what happens when an autistic child grows up, and tries to enter the world of grownups. What happens when he desires the things adults get to do, but doesn’t necessarily have the ability to strike out on his own? Read More

Support Neurodiversity at ThinkGeek

April is Autism Awareness Month, but if you’re like our house, autism awareness happens every month. That’s one of the reasons I love this shirt on ThinkGeek. Neurodiversity is a movement centered around the philosophy that autism isn’t a disease. It’s a difference in development. Sure, it’s also a disability, but that doesn’t mean we… Read More

501st Legion and Me

Some people dreamed of growing up to be a storm trooper and some of us actually made it there. Since February 2011, I have been a proud and active member in the 501st Legion also known as Vader’s Fist. The 501st legion is a worldwide professional costuming club that specializes in the “bad guys” of… Read More

Autism Vaccine Link Study Denounced As Fraud

Back in October we had a lively discussion here on GeekMom on the subject of vaccinations, so it seemed like a good idea to post an important update to that topic: The controversial study that linked increased occurrences of autism to childhood vaccinations has been declared a fraud by the British Medical Journal.  (The study’s… Read More