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Let me get in one more plug for my autism website, Forming Horizons — which, still being a young blog, could use this extra boost.

My first official post deals with — you guessed it — my personal experience.  Here it is:

 

My Story — Part 1/4

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Whew!  Remember me?  It’s been way too long.

Believe me, I would like to have been blogging a lot more in the last several months (it suddenly occurs to me that I have posted nothing on Into the Dance in 2017 up to this point).

But when you (more…)

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DisgustJust 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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sad childThought 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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Young red-haired boy facing away from camera, stacking a seventh can atop a column of six food cans on the kitchen floor. An open pantry contains many more cans.

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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…because I’m going to explain myself (or at least make the effort).

It’s been a whole 19 days since my last post.  As you might guess, I did not plan on this.  But I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I am working on building a for-profit blog, and you’d be surprised how much time, care, and work this requires.

Add to this the typical laundry list items like work, sleep, chores, interpersonal commitments, and small leisures (believe it or not, these are necessary in small doses to maintain one’s sanity), and you can understand why I haven’t been cranking out posts the way I used to.

But I do have a small number of regular readers whose disappointment I’d like to avoid.  So I’m going to make a small commitment that I think will be both manageable for me and reasonable to my readership.

Until otherwise noted, I will commit to a minimum of one post per month.  It’s not a lot, but enough to keep me active and you from drifting away.  Of course, I do like to post the occasional video or meme.  These will be “bonuses;” hence, you will want to keep your eye out even if I have already posted for a given month (not to mention that I always could put something else out there).

My next post — whenever it appears — will be a commentary on the Woody Harrelson character on season one of HBO’s True Detective.  So stay tuned for that — and if you’re not familiar with True Detective, maybe tell a friend? (Not that I’m begging or anything…)

In the meantime, I’ve missed several “Film Clip Fridays,” so on this Saturday evening I’ll leave you with a disturbing but engaging scene from Whiplash:

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Okay — the long and short of it is that I owe my faithful readers an apology.  You may remember that a couple months ago I published a post titled “A Preview of Coming Attractions,” in which I said I was going to be writing on the following topics:

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The HBO series True Detective (more…)

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