A Sad Story in our Autism Community I’m purposely going to keep this blog short, because this is not one that makes me feel warm and fuzzy. If anything, it makes me sad, and a little terrified. I’m blogging about suicide. One that affected our local autism community. What happened? In the spring, a seventeen-year-old with high functioning autism committed suicide on April 2, Autism Awareness Day by jumping from a parking structure at a Glendale, California mall. We didn’t know this young man, but friends of ours did. I remember hearing … [Read more...]

From One Autism Parent to Another I remembered an incident that happened not too long ago. It involved two autism parents and went like this… First, I was one of the autism parents. I was taking my son to an event at a small facility. The event was being run by another autism parent and also involved her own child. (Our kids had met when they both participated in a sport.) What happened at the event? The event itself was something that typically takes place with 20-30-year-olds, so both our kids were involved at a young-ish age. Nothing … [Read more...]

Repeat Performance on Autism Live It was around this time last year that I first appeared on Shannon Penrod’s show, Autism Live. Shannon and I discussed how my husband and I first discovered our son’s autism, my short film, “Autism and Cake,” and how I advocate for my son. This second time, Shannon graciously discussed my book, “Remembering Monty Hall,” which was just published in April (written with the late Ken Rotcop). We discussed how we met and, again, my two other autism-related books and my short film. I had a blast the first time, … [Read more...]

Kimberly Kaplan and 300 Autism-Related Blogs I guess you can call this a toot-your-own-horn posting because this is my 300th blog! I have not only written 300 blogs for my own website but those same 300 blogs have also appeared on ModernMom.com. How did I start on ModernMom.com? Well…through a recreational softball team, of course. Huh? My husband ran a recreational softball team years ago in Santa Monica. At some point, he picked up a player who happened to live near the field. This player spent a week or two walking down to this field … [Read more...]

Autism Imagination and a Preferred Topic, Plus Pizza This blog is about a project my son did for his English class. What did he do? First, his English teacher assigned a book reading project for the semester. His students had to read a teacher-approved, substantial book over the course of the semester. My son chose a book about trains. It’s a non-fictional book, but the teacher approved it. He read it over the last three months and took notes that had to go into a notebook check that happened once a year (for a separate grade). Even … [Read more...]

Autism and a Trip to Europe   I recently took a two week trip to Scotland. I had never been to Europe before. It was a really special trip, fun, relaxing, and great sights. I had been away without my child with autism before, but never for longer than a week. And, never in a country that’s eight hours ahead of us. A few times he had been quite young, but now that he’s older, he’s pretty self-sufficient in a lot of ways. He got himself to and home from school, took care of most of his schoolwork by himself (dad helped a little), and … [Read more...]

A New Book Shameless promotion warning… Especially guilty since this book is not autism-related. Yet, I have a book coming out this week! “Remembering Monty -- Monty Hall: Emcee, Song and Dance Man, Humanitarian, and the Face of Let’s Make a Deal” There’s a story to the story. Which is? Turns out, Monty Hall was an inspiring person. He came from a poor, working-class family in Canada. He was naturally talented, yet worked extremely hard to become—what is really—a legend in Hollywood. Anyone who has ever heard of the show, “Let’s Make a … [Read more...]

A Difficult Autism Experience I recently spoke with an AutMom who had this experience… Her nine-year-old son with autism attends a local elementary school. For about a year or two, her son was having difficulty with an obsession—a peer. A girl peer. Her son was convinced that this girl was his girlfriend. He was in this girl’s class for a year, and the next year the school separated them. The school felt it had to make this change because it appeared (to them) that the woman’s son was stalking the girl. The boy’s behavior did not improve … [Read more...]

A Special Birthday for My Son with Autism   My son recently turned sixteen! A milestone birthday. I wanted this birthday to feel special to my son. It was a milestone after all. How did we celebrate this milestone birthday with our son? First, in lieu of having a big party, we had three close friends over to the house. My son played games with these friends and we all ate pizza and chips. This was done on a Friday, late afternoon to evening. Second, the next day (a Saturday), we had a family gathering at the home of my … [Read more...]

Returning to the Diamond for an Autistic Teenager The last time my son played baseball was in 2017. What team does he play on? It’s a special needs VIP Little League team. He’s played on this team for several years now. When he last played, he was really enjoying it. He has always liked to hit, but his last full season (in 2017), he tried pitching. He practiced pitching and had some success. Unfortunately, he couldn’t add onto his 2017 success in 2018. Why not? He broke his foot in January, 2018. When it happened, we had just signed up … [Read more...]