Just published another post on Forming Horizons. If you are a member of the autism spectrum community — which includes not only people on the spectrum but also family members, professional supports, etc. — I warmly invite you to read the post and share your thoughts (even if you disagree with me; I welcome all perspectives).
Once again, if you like this post or would like to comment, I respectfully ask that you do so on Forming Horizons rather than here. It would help me tremendously.
Check it out: The Worst Way to Approach Autism.
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For part one, click here
NOTE: Video included ONLY for aesthetic purposes (couldn’t find a “Hank the octopus” movie still I could use)
The developing relationship between Dory and Hank (Ed O’Neill) is especially interesting.
Hank, for undisclosed reasons, wants more than anything to avoid going back to the open ocean. So he promises to help Dory locate her parents on the condition that she give him her quarantine tag, which will put him on a truck bound for a Cleveland aquarium. There he can live out the rest of his days in a glass tank.
What intrigues me is the importance of memory in this relationship. Continue Reading »
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Thought I’d share my most recent post for my other blog, Forming Horizons — which is meant to serve as an online community and resource for people on the autism spectrum and their families, teachers, employers, and others.
Just FYI: Forming Horizons will feature a new post every Wednesday, unless otherwise noted.
What is this week’s topic, you ask? Let me “borrow” from myself real quick to give you a taste:
I occasionally do a little freelance journalism. Yes, that means one of my many hats is that of a reporter…perish the thought!
But there are some useful skills to be learned from this practice, not least of which is the classic “outline” for a story or situation: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How.
Goodness knows, parents – and teachers; and therapists; and siblings; and anyone else involved – of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have their fair share of detective work to perform.
So this seems a perfect opportunity to put my amateur journalist’s experience to good use.
For the rest, here’s the link: Six Key Words For ‘Investigating’ Your Child’s Behaviors.
(I would just politely ask that if you choose to “Like” this article, please do so on Forming Horizons rather than here)
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Well Disney-Pixar managed a modern-day classic with 2003’s Finding Nemo. Normally I would say: “Quit while you’re ahead” (that’s why I’m apprehensive, to say the least, about the proposed sequel to Frozen).
But co-writer/director Andrew Stanton appears to have put the last 13 years to good use in further honing his talent. Finding Dory retains much of Nemo‘s charm, while taking the story in some humorous and surprising new directions. Continue Reading »
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Not long ago, I mentioned that I was working on a website related to autism spectrum disorders.
Well, it’s ready. I am very excited about it, and I hope you will join me in this new adventure!
The website, Forming Horizons, is intended for people on the autism spectrum (of all ages) and their families, teachers (as well as other professionals), and employers, as well as any other interested parties.
Disclosure: I have Asperger Syndrome myself. Between sharing my own experiences and dialoguing with the various parties affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), I hope to play a small part in the bigger conversation being sparked by the increasing prevalence of ASD diagnoses.
I would encourage you to visit the “About” page first to get a more in-depth explanation of what Forming Horizons is all about. For recent posts, you can go straight to the homepage.
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For part one, click here (you don’t need to read any of the other posts referenced in that one, but you should read part one before continuing here)
The Mirror and the Advocate
Marty and Rust are on parallel journeys throughout True Detective, season one. I’ll get deeper into what these involve in subsequent posts. For now, suffice it to say that by the end, after having traveled a dark road together for so long: Continue Reading »
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NOTE: This is the third in a series of commentaries on HBO’s True Detective, season one; for the other two, click here.
You may skip the first post if you wish. I would, however, read the second (the one focused on Marty Hart), only because I am following a pattern set by the series itself: Marty (Woody Harrelson) is the initial primary focus, and next it will shift to his partner, Rustin “Rust” Cohle (Matthew McConaughey); this current post will function as a transition of sorts.
So here goes… Continue Reading »
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