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A Washington Post Essay: ‘I Just Know’

(This essay appeared Dec. 12, 2011 in The Washington Post.) My son Ezra was 4 or 5 when he began asking people their birthdays. At first it seemed like a typical child’s question. But then months later he would encounter acquaintances — or even whole families — and reel off the birth months with perfect [...]

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Putting Ezra First (L.A. Times op-ed)

(This piece appears on the op-ed page of the Los Angeles Times, Sept. 21, 2011.) As the father of a teenage son with autism, I have coped with many challenges: finding the right school for a boy who can’t sit still and has trouble connecting with peers; managing medications to help tame his anxiety and [...]

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Boxes, Books, and Koalas

As usual, Ezra rose at dawn today to announce with excitement the arrival of a new month: “It’s September first! It’s the first day of September!” Turns out  there’s even more to celebrate in our house than a new page on the calendar. This afternoon the UPS man arrived with our first shipment of FOLLOWING [...]

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Lessons in Jumping for Joy

[Also on  Huffington Post] At first I thought it was an earthquake. I was lying in bed when I felt the house shake–thud, thud, thud–and then I heard a voice just outside the bedroom shouting something I couldn’t quite make out. Somebody was jumping up and down. It was my son Ezra. “It’s February first!” [...]

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Celebrating Time

One of my son’s obsessions is the calendar. For years, Ezra has greeted the first day of every month by rising at dawn and dashing through the house, shouting, “It’s February first!” or “It’s the first day of October!”  With pure joy, he exults in the simple passage of time, the ordinary act of turning [...]

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