Autism and Sheldon Cooper

Autism and Sheldon Cooper Why do I have Sheldon Cooper on the brain? Sheldon Cooper is one of the main characters on the TV show The Big Bang Theory. I guess there are several reasons why I’ve had Sheldon Cooper on my brain lately. First, the regular season (Season 11) of Big Bang is back and I’ve watched two new episodes. Second, the recent discovery that my son is being bullied in one of classes. Third, I watched a few episodes of The Big Bang Theory spinoff called Young Sheldon. Fourth, I took my son to a train museum this past … [Read more...]

Autism and the Long-Awaited Bullying at School

Autism and the Long-Awaited Bullying at School Why did I create that particular title? Well, because I was convinced that something like this was going to happen to my child when he was in middle school. It didn’t. He’s now a freshman in high school. And, my son is being bullied. What is happening? This bullying has apparently been going on since October, according to my son. We didn’t find out about, however, until a week ago. Why not? Two reasons: First, our son was trying to handle this situation on his own. He told us that the … [Read more...]

Are Children with Autism Singled Out

Are Children with Autism Singled Out? – Part Two This is a follow-up to an incident that occurred at my child’s school a week ago. What was the incident? In a nutshell… My son attempted to charge his phone during a non-designed time in a math testing room. He was about to take a math test, and the co-teacher told him he could not plug in his phone. My son protested and got surly. But, then he complied. He put away his phone and began to take his math test.   In the middle of taking his test, the co-teacher interrupted him by handing him … [Read more...]

Are Children with Autism Singled Out

Are Children with Autism Singled Out?   Why do I ask this question? Because of what happened at my son’s school just this past Friday. Why is this past Friday important? Because this past Friday was only a few short days after the latest awful school tragedy, this one in Parkland, Florida. In this version a “weird” “outcast” “loner” nineteen-year-old ex-student walked into his old school and killed seventeen people. Last week, this latest school-related tragedy was on all of our minds. Including school officials and … [Read more...]

Autism and a Serious Injury

Autism and a Serious Injury   My son broke his foot two weeks ago. What happened? Well, sometimes a teenager with autism is just being a typical teenager. Our son likes to ride a Razor scooter to help regulate his body. He brings it to his grandparents’ house and on vacations. Most of the time, he rides it on our street and on our driveway. Our driveway is on a hill. Our son likes to go to the top of our driveway and ride down, fast, and then turn left into our garage (halfway down the long driveway). For several years now, we have … [Read more...]

High functioning vs. low functioning in autism

High Functioning vs. Low Functioning in Autism In my last blog, I discussed an interaction I had had with a young man on the spectrum. I briefly touched on the topic called, “high functioning.” What is high functioning? The attached article I posted does a very thorough job of explaining the terms high functioning and low functioning. Mainly: *The terms are not diagnostic terms, yet are more like “laymens” terms, used as a shorthand way to describe approximately where a person with autism lands on the autism spectrum. *They quite … [Read more...]

A Community Autism Experience

A Community Autism Experience I was at the gym the other day. I was about to get into the swimming pool when a lifeguard approached me and said, “There’s a young man who is going to share your lane with you. He has high functioning autism, but he knows how to share a pool lane.” What happened? Well, nothing really. I swam on my side and he swam on his side. I have some thoughts, however, on this pretty minor encounter with a young man on the spectrum. Was this a typical interaction? Yes. The pools often get full to the point where a … [Read more...]