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How’s the Book Doing? How’s the Boy Doing?

This week marks the first anniversary of Following Ezra’s publication. One of the questions people have been asking a lot lately is, “How’s the book doing?” They inquire in the way you might ask, “How’s your grandmother doing?” or, say, “How’s your wife?”—as if the book has a life of its own, heading out on [...]

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What a Barber Taught Me about Raising My Son

Autism Asperger’s Digest asked three fathers to reflect on the experience of raising a child with autism. Here’s my piece — adapted from Following Ezra — about some lessons I learned in an unlikely place:   People often ask me which of the many professionals my wife and I have consulted about our son Ezra [...]

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“Learning to Be the Right Parent For This Child”: a Q & A

In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, Priscilla Gillman, an author I admire,  gave me the opportunity to answer some questions about Ezra. Priscilla’s book The Anti-Romantic Child (out in paperback this week), is a wonderful and uplifting read blending of memoir and poetry. Priscilla posted in on her blog. I’m reposting here. Many thanks [...]

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A “HuffPost Parents” Essay: His Father’s Friendship: A Teen Son With Autism Finds His Way

I was delighted when Lisa Belkin of HuffPost Parents asked me to write a post to be included among this week’s pieces marking National Autism Awareness Month. A few thoughts about friendship: When my son Ezra was in preschool, teachers told us that he would routinely bump into other children in the classroom. It wasn’t [...]

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Every Appointment an Adventure

Raising a child with autism can turn ordinary experiences into adventures. Ezra has been taking a medication (unrelated to autism) that requires regular monitoring of his blood chemistry. As it happens, he’s also one of those people whose physiology makes drawing blood a challenge. Once a month, I accompany him to a doctor’s office, where [...]

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