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My son's PT told us to scatter objects on the floor to help with navigation. My home isn't messy now. I'm just teaching spatial awareness. — Chimerical Capuchin (@chmercalcapuchn) January 31, 2015 Advertisements

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Stop the hyperbole when it comes to breastfeeding

This excellent article, Stop The Hyperbole When It Comes To Breastfeeding encompasses many of my beliefs in regards to breastfeeding. My son, Alden, was born unable to suckle, even from a bottle, and I chose to supplement with formula and … Continue reading

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Stop telling worried parents that Einstein didn’t talk until 4 and start giving them practical advice.

On parenting message boards, facebook groups, and elsewhere online, I see posts by parents concerned about the development of their children and, at one time, I was making those posts. Even in groups populated by well-educated, well-informed parents, it is … Continue reading

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How to set up a play area and encourage speech in young or speech delayed children [Part 2]

Setting up the play area This is the second of a two part series on encouraging verbal communication and interaction in young or speech-delayed individuals through play. This section covers how to set up the play area to promote enriching … Continue reading

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How to set up a play area and encourage speech in young or speech delayed children [Part 1]

This is the first of a two part series on encouraging verbal communication in young or speech-delayed individuals through play. This section covers how to encourage verbal communication in general. The other one can be found here. One of the … Continue reading

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Did better mothering defeat the Neanderthals?

More and more research shows that Neanderthals were as inferior in cognition as originally thought. A five-year project out of Kochi University of Technology in Japan examines factors that contributed to the extinction of the Neanderthals, and posits that the … Continue reading

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Autism 101: Hating Your Autistic Child

Before my son was diagnosed, my view of autism was overwhelmingly negative. I saw it as something that needed to be cured. Ray Hemachandra has written a beautiful piece on why it is not OK to say that we hate … Continue reading

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Interviews with American mothers living abroad

Here is a fascinating  collection of stories about parenting in other parts of the world.

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How Blue Cross Blue Shield and a handful of Senators are blocking autism insurance reform in North Carolina.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is more common than childhood cancer, cystic fibrosis, and multiple sclerosis combined. In the US, autism affects 1 out of every 68 children, while in North Carolina, that number is 1 in 58. Although it has no … Continue reading

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It’s natural to fear a connection between vaccines and autism

When my twins were about 6 months old, we went for their 6th month checkups, and then to the immunization clinic in the same building for their shots. Shortly after that, my son, Corwin*, broke out in a high fever … Continue reading

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