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Thoughts on Prenatal Genetic Testing by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum One of the latest controversies within the community of those touched by autism is that of prenatal genetic testing. Some fear that this testing will lead to the termination ... Read on »
A Couple of Bear Updates by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Sometimes you lose, and sometimes you win. On Wednesday the Bear had another PECS session. She was doing so well at home, demonstrating that she understood which card t ... Read on »
Five Weird Things by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum As part of the meme going around the bloggosphere, Wade ‘tagged’ me to identify five weird things about myself. Narrowing down the list was hard – e.g. do the giant one-eyed ... Read on »
Autism and Minicolumns by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum As a parent of an autistic child (and potentially as an Aspie myself) a subject I find very interesting - and let’s distinguish up front between interest and comprehension o ... Read on »
The Agony of Waiting for Poo by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Yes, dear reader, this post is about poo (bowel movements in adult speak), or more accurately, the absence of same. And please note that the ‘No Sarcasm’ sign has been turne ... Read on »
Respect Meme by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Jonathan and María Luján started a ‘Respect Meme’ a couple of weeks ago, and NotMercury joined in. Their versions are here, here, and here respectively. I thought that I wou ... Read on »
Autism and the Evolution of the Brain by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum In an earlier post I approached the subject of Autism, Genetics, and Evolution from the perspective of the requirements imposed by alleles and the theory of evolution. Thi ... Read on »
The Sneaky Bear - Another Example of 'Theory of Mind'? by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum As I wrote in a previous post, I would suggest that the Bear is at least occasionally demonstrating Theory of Mind, despite some expert opinions that ToM in autistics is imp ... Read on »
The Bear Goes Trick or Treating by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This was the first Halloween for the Bear. We dressed her as a Hawaiian hula girl, complete with a lei (double wrapped) around her neck, another lei around her waist, a gras ... Read on »
Apocalyptic Advocacy by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum One of the things I’ve noticed in the discussions and debates regarding autism is the regular use of 'impending doom' (cue ominous music) by advocates to make their case. Th ... Read on »
Talking About 'Crap' and GI Issues by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum There seems to be a bit of a stir lately in the community of those linked by autism. The subject? 'Crap', AKA bowel movements. Kim Stagliano recently posted The Crappy ... Read on »
Those Funding Blues by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Recently the Ontario government (Ministry of Children and Youth Services) commissioned a survey of those families waiting for intensive behavioural intervention services. Th ... Read on »
Some Thoughts On Blogging by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Phew, a narrow escape. I was worried that if I was hit by a bus and 'lost' that the previous post would have been left on my blog forever. Not that I regret the post. The wa ... Read on »
Unmasked At Last by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I knew it couldn’t last. No matter how hard I tried to disguise myself, someone would eventually discover that I’m part of the ‘Mercury Militia’. I tried all kinds of subter ... Read on »
Minicolumns, Genius, and Autism by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum In earlier posts I wrote about Autism and Minicolumns and Autism and the Evolution of the Brain, based on research by Dr. Casanova et al. Minicolumns are the basic organizat ... Read on »
Yes, I'm Still Here by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Hi All, Just a quick post to let you know that I'm still here. I haven't stopped blogging (although it may certainly look that way, given the dearth of recent posts), b ... Read on »
A Bear Update by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I haven’t written a post about the Bear in a couple of months, so I figure that now is a good time for an update. One of the things we’re interested in for the Bear is ... Read on »
My Next Post by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Okay, after a very long hiatus I'm back. I've been working on a post that has nearly morphed into a research paper, and it is finally time to post it. First, a war ... Read on »
People Make The Difference by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This year will see some significant changes in the life of the Bear. She will be entering Junior Kindergarten in September, and June saw some activity associated with prepa ... Read on »
Another BM Post (Sorry...) by Ian P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I started this blog because my daughter is autistic, but these days autism is definitely a secondary consideration - dare I say a luxury? Life is now about bowel movements – ... Read on »