That Shouldn't Happen: The Just World Fallacy and Autism

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Heaviness: Euthanasia For Expediency

It's all over the internet now, the story of the twin brothers in Belgium who were deaf and going...

What's the Harm: When Reality and Wishful Thinking Clash

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Facilitated Communication: Same As It Ever Was (Same As It Ever Was)

In the past couple years, I’ve written over a dozen articles examining facilitated communication...

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Instructor of English and psychology and mother to three on the autism spectrum.

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"It's always darkest before the dawn."
No, really?
My replacement: "It's always darkest in a room with no windows and no lights on."
Useful, huh?
Kerry Cohen, author of Seeing Ezra, agreed to an interview with Kathleen Leopold and me. Kathleen's questions appear first. (This post appears at the Autism Blogs Directory)

The name "Ezra" means aid or help. Is the title of your memoir a reflection of the idea that in seeing your son for who he is-helped you to see life how it really is. In other words, happiness and happy endings aren't guaranteed-one has to make them happen.
Cowritten by Kim Wombles and Kathleen Leopold

Kathleen Leopold and I have been blogging buddies for over two years now, working on various projects together, struggling to figure out our places in the online autism community as we work in the real world to find our place there, as well, to find the best ways to help both our own children, and other children like ours.

As I stared up into the dark the other morning, up before the alarm again, and already dwelling on the coming day and the need to fit everything on my to-do list into the day, my mind turned to the idea that good teachers and good preachers have the same skill set: an ability to energize and motivate their particular congregation into action, to move them from point A to point B with as little resistance as possible and to guide them to a higher plane of existence: enlightenment.

Monotone droning doesn't do that.
Sometimes, when things are bad enough, we'll cave in and buy into concepts and products that we otherwise wouldn't have. As one example, hurt bad enough and you'll try just about anything to ease that pain. And unfortunately, common sense isn't nearly as common as it should be and we are none of us as skeptical as we could be. Except for those Missourians, of course, who live by the motto, "Show me." I'm honestly not too sure of that, though, as "showing" people works all too well or those power bracelets and other pseudoscience-based products wouldn't be so popular.
It slips from my fingers

Cliched grains of sand.