Category: Food for Thought

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Food for Thought – December 7, 2015 With potential to save lives, CRISPR already sparing mice Whereas the old method, which relied on genetically engineered stem cells, could take as long as a year to produce a mouse strain, a new model can be created in just weeks at a fraction of the cost. Advent: for the ones who know longing As I learned in particular through our lost babies, one after another after another,...

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Food for Thought – November 2, 2015 Everything Doesn’t Happen for a Reason So I’m going to repeat a few words I’ve uttered countless times; words so powerful and honest they tear at the hubris of every jackass who participates in the debasing of the grieving: Some things in life cannot be fixed. They can only be carried.  I’ve grieved many times in my life. I’ve been overwhelmed with shame and self-hatred so strong it’s...

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Food for Thought – October 26., 2015   AAC: Don’t demand prerequisite skills In the last few weeks I have heard from several different teachers that they have been told by others that their student “isn’t ready for symbols”.  I am always shocked that anyone can still say this in 2015 when we moved away from a candidacy model for AAC around 20 years ago. Of Tears and Terrible Sounds (When life is too painful...

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Food for Thought – October 12, 2015 The Velveteen Wheelchair Here’s the thing about my son’s mobility device: sometimes, it feels a bit… alive. Alive like something full of memories and joy and trouble. Alive like exploration and adventures. Alive like banging into walls and wheeling into ankles and chasing your dad down the driveway. Alive like crying in front of the FedEx guy, telling him to please take care of this thing that helped my...

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Food for Thought – July 13, 2015 The Disabilitini Now, I’m all for disability pride. I like to think of myself as a bit of an advocate, not just for my son but for the rights of people with disabilities in general. I want to end the stigma. I want to change the conversation. I want to bridge the gap between them and us. But also, I want a mother flipping cocktail. 5 Ways Able-Bodied People Can...

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Food for Thought – April 6, 2015 Edition When a Little Girl at the Pool Realized My Son Had Autism “Here, get on the float, I’ll pull you,” “I’ll throw the ball, and you catch, OK?” Whoa! Was I really seeing what I was seeing? Was my son playing? Did my son finally have a friend? For about 20 minutes, until the little girl had to go, I got to watch two kids laughing and playing together, and for the first...

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Food for Thought – March 23, 2015 Edition Kerry Washington on “Othering” Monica Lewinsky on cyber bullying  Kelly McGonigal on doing life together

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Food for Thought March 9, 2014 16 of the Most Ridiculous Things Insurance Companies Have Said and Done – These are simply priceless. What’s Your Goal video His Son was Born Cursed. He Started Filiming. Now He Might Win an Oscar. (on a side note – this was one of Aidan’s first diagnoses which was eventually dismissed) For children like Leo, breathing doesn’t just happen. It is more of a conscious act. If Leo falls asleep, and...

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Food for Thought – February 23, 2015 Edition 4 Mistakes Parents Make at the Pediatrician’s Office I love being a pediatrician; there’s nothing I would rather do. But sometimes I get frustrated by things that parents do — or don’t do. I’m not talking about things like being late (hey, I run late, it would be unfair to complain), ….or stuff like that. That comes with the territory. I’m talking about stuff that makes it...