Monthly Archives: October 2011

Word Games Continued

In the last post (The Telephone Game), I pondered whether Nate thinks of words as vehicles for communication. Nate’s relationship with language is a tricky one, one of obsession and amusement, joy and frustration. Sometimes it’s tough for me to … Continue reading

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The Telephone Game

I caught the tail end of the 60 Minutes segment on autism last night. It was interesting to me how Lesley Stahl characterized the boy’s progress on the iPad as a “little thing.” She wasn’t being disparaging, merely pointing out … Continue reading

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Word Games

At breakfast this morning, Nate was doing his Daily Jumble and, in conversation, replaced the word “but” with “tushy.” Nate will play a little game of word substitution for his own amusement. It’s how his mind works, and part of … Continue reading

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Poster for an Imaginary Film

Did I ever tell you the story of Snow On My Feet? We were all sitting around the dinner table and, as always, Karen asked Nate to talk to us. He could ask his brothers how their day went, tell … Continue reading

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Seems Like Old Times

Precocious reading skills are the signifying trait of a hyperlexic. Nate could read anything early on; at 3 he pulled a medical encyclopedia from our bookshelves and decoded obscure terms. It seemed to us that reading was his strength. Yes and no. … Continue reading

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Unacceptable Behavior

Even when Nate couldn’t control his actions, Karen and I wouldn’t tolerate it. We knew he couldn’t help himself; that was clear. However, once he settled down we made a point to explain that what he did or said was wrong … Continue reading

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The New iPod

In “iPhone Obituary” (June 2011), I wrote about Nate’s iPod, well, his former iPod, that was a constant companion until he attempted to wash the screen clean. He refers to his iPod Touch as an iPhone, though he’s never received … Continue reading

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