1. Shifting gears with a slippery clutch

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    September 12, 2013 by whirlyjoy

    If this blog post is a bit disjointed, that suits the subject matter. Autism definitely puts a family and everyone in it out of joint.

  2. Summer Camp, part 2, or A Meander Through Holland

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    July 31, 2013 by whirlyjoy

    Here’s what was surreal about waiting for our turn with the nurse at summer camp check-in this year: Aida was calm and composed and quiet. Oh, a few little stimmy moves here and there –

  3. Summer Camp, part 1, or, Getting from there to here

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    July 22, 2013 by whirlyjoy

    Aida was dubious at best when we left home for something called “camp” that she had no real concept to match up with – and as we drove further from the familiar urban landscape, her anxiety grew even greater than mine.

  4. Mind the gap

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    June 6, 2013 by whirlyjoy

    Last week I had to pick Mimi up early from school for an appointment, and found myself in unwilling conversation …
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  5. Chaos du jour: Swimwear

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    May 20, 2013 by whirlyjoy

    Aida still occasionally flashes the patrons of the evening open swim at the community center pool – uncaring of modesty, I assume because of her autism, although it might just be the French half of her DNA coming out.

  6. On love and space freighters

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    March 9, 2013 by whirlyjoy

    There’s no series of behavioral or learning objectives that leads up to feeling love and being able to tell someone about it – but that ability to pluck an emotion out from the whole swirling muddle within ourselves and give it meaningful expression is one of the mysteries of being human.

  7. The courage to accept

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    January 30, 2013 by whirlyjoy

    The books are called things like Everybody is Different, Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes, I Am Utterly Unique, My Friend Has Autism… They’re about acceptance and understanding, and mostly that’s what I’m about too.