Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Return of the Meltdown

Nate used to crumble often. He’s yell, pinch, hit, jump up and down. Whenever he was frustrated, he’d lash out in some way. As he’s gotten more verbal, his anxiety comes out through spoken, or shouted, language. In high school, … Continue reading

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The Struggle for Independence

Several years ago, I was sitting right here in front of my computer, talking on the phone, when Robbie came down into my office. “Dad.” I waved him off. “DAD.” “Rob, I’m on the phone.” “There’s water coming from the … Continue reading

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Reality and Lies

It was last year and we were all sitting down at the kitchen table. We almost always have dinner together as a family, a lost moment in most of America today, or so we are told, but a wonderful result … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Advocacy

One of the first, and in retrospect most important, lessons that Karen and I learned, way back when we first met Phyllis Kupperman, was “be Nate’s advocate.” We were new to the world of autism and hyperlexia, and, besides having to … Continue reading

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Low Key Nate

We spent the day in Albany today visiting family, friends, and one great record store. After a beautiful drive through leaf-changing hills, we arrived home at 6:15. Nothing special, huh? Pretty boring, right? Ah, that’s where you’re wrong. Tonight is … Continue reading

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Stream of Consciousness

The torrent of words that come out of Nate’s mouth every day, all day, is a disconnected series of cartoon history, bathroom fixtures and store openings. The last few days there’s been a healthy dose of commentary on his failed … Continue reading

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And the Results Are…

He failed with a 54. So, a little less independence as of today. We’ll be reading notes together. Let’s just say he’s not very pleased. But we move on.

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