February 21, 2005

new Hidden Laughter entry

Woke up this morning to find (thanks to a comment on my blog and then a look at my referrer logs) that the Today Show's all-week coverage of all things autism-related had a direct effect on me, that their very helpful online list of resources included my very own Hidden Laughter journal, the story of Damian's development from before diagnosis to now. Better than coffee (don't drink coffee) (and whoa, don't need it now).

But, um. What was the last entry up there? Some irritable rant about using a child's autism, falsely equating it with musical supergenius? Probably not what people who need a resource are looking for, huh? And I've been meaning to update on Damian and how he's doing at school for a while now. Been busy. Yeah, I know. Some excuse. If I don't write it down, it's gone. Amazing what a little external boost will do. New entry now up. All about how he's doing at school. Well, and at home. Because it's all linked, isn't it?

Posted by Tamar at February 21, 2005 12:24 PM | TrackBack

Your entry today on "Gaps And Strengths" did take me back to my childhood. I was "normal" (whatever that is/was) but an only child and had much to learn in too short a time it seems to me now.
In what you wrote, many of the things Damian is coping with are things I had to struggle to come to terms with.
He is, and ever shall be my friend.

Posted by: Denver doug at February 21, 2005 01:20 PM

Well, it's always nice to get that recognition, isn't it? And to know that you are a resource to help others.

Posted by: Donna at February 21, 2005 03:57 PM

What a lovely, self-challenging yet serene post. And I'll bet those refferrer logs were pumping!

Posted by: Chris at February 21, 2005 04:16 PM

So nice to meet you. I have just began my journey into the ASD world. Kyler was recently diagnosed as having PDD-NOS, but it is very high-functioning. I watch these shows about ASD and they show alot of low-functioning ASD kids. When I mention my son is PDD-NOS they look at me as if I gre to heads, because Kyler is very normal functioning. High intelligence, but very quirky and easily taken advantage of. I will link you to my blog if that's alright.

Posted by: Linda at February 22, 2005 09:37 AM

Wow. Wow. Wow. So cool! Totally deserved.

Posted by: Tiny Coconut at February 22, 2005 09:55 AM

From one mother with a child with autism to another... I found your site by looking up info on a book called The Boy Who Loved Windows. I just wanted to Suggest a book for you called "Theres a boy in here: a mother and son tell the story of his emergence from autism" By Judy and Sean Barron. I read this book about a month ago and finally understood..well to a point anyway, what goes on inside my sons head at times. The book is written by the mother and son, who has autism. But the son learned through many many years how to control it. There are passages from the mohter about her feelings and reactions on certain days and then the sons reactiona nd feeling to what was going on that same day. Its a good book if you haven't already read it.

Posted by: Amber Lindsay at February 23, 2005 06:18 PM
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