Tag: siblings


The Pied Piper of autism

Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. We are in the garage. I am sitting in the driver’s seat, trying to read a book to my four-year-old daughter in the backseat while my seven-year-old son with autism screams outside the window. It is a snow day and there is no school, and he doesRead More

Her brother’s keeper?

ven though the best outcomes for autism come as a result of early treatment, I’ll always be grateful that our son wasn’t diagnosed until he was four and a half. If alarm bells had gone off sooner — some say symptoms are observable at 18 months — we wouldn’t haveRead More

Autism, a word, please

ear autism: We’re going to kick your ass.* I thought I could be gracious enough to at least let you know. That’s a graciousness, I might add, that you failed to offer when you slithered into our lives almost two years ago. You like to think you hold all theRead More