Monday, July 27, 2009

An app for that

1st Generation iPod TouchImage via Wikipedia

Remember my fond wish for an iPod app that would guide Diver in social situations?:

My 13-year-old fact-quoting Asperger's egghead has found an app called Cool Facts.Which is just that: an unending collecting of cool facts.Its the last things he needs. He is already a storehouse of arcane trivia, a Jeopardy champ in the making.With the iPod Touch in his hand, he never shuts up.What he needs - what all kids with Asperger's need - is as an app to guide them through reciprocal conversation.Is there an app for that?There's certainly a market.Anonymom, AnonymomBlog, Jun 2009

And now there is an app.

It's as if the fairy godmother had heard my plea. Right here in my hometown, smart minds at Fraser have developed an ap for Aspies.

Now I'll have to click my heels together three times and get my hands on it. Fairy godmother, are you listening?
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

mama on the edge of autism: Life on the treadmill

mama on the edge of autism: Life on the treadmill

Diver loves Mama on the edge. We read it aloud and laugh. Though Diver is at camp, we can still read it aloud. And laugh.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Fill in the blank

Have you heard from Diver?

Yes and no.  

As I blogged previously, I've been mailing Diver pre-written letters.  All he has to do is select one of my witty multiple-choice answers.

And he has been mailing them back to me.

Folding them, putting them in envelopes, sealing the envelopes, and sending them off.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Everybody's happy

Like many kids with ASD's, writing is difficult for Diver.  

So I expect little in the way written communication from camp.
To make his life easier, I send pre-written letters with multiple choice statements.  

Yet, miracle of miracles, today I got a postcard from Diver himself.  His message is clear as day.



Thursday, July 2, 2009

Very Single Auti-Mom

For all the demands parenting Diver places on me, it does give my life meaning. And structure.

In his absence, my singleness feels profound.

Yes, Diver is intense and complicated and loud. But he fills time and space.
Now that he's at camp, it's empty.
So I took advantage of a four-day free-trial of a dating service, quickly posting my info, and just as quickly receiving some queries.

Until I added: I'm a plus one. With me, you get my 13-year-old with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is funny, smart, complex and requires patience and understanding way beyond the ordinary. Caring for him has left me way-out-of-practice in socializing with adults. He's worth it. So am I.

It got very quiet.
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