the zen guide to parenting your autistic child

While writing the previous post, about how the need to stim interferes with seated meditation, I remembered that there was another passage in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind that addressed people who have a hard time sitting, physically. When I found the chapter, The Marrow of Zen, I recalled that the second half was about what…

quiet meditation vs. quiet hands

This is a very interesting video about why it’s bad to suppress stimming behavior and make children sit still: Starting around 7:00, she forces herself to sit still and describes what she’s experiencing, becoming more and more distressed as time goes on. I can relate…almost. Since my high school senior project at a monastery, I…

fuck yeah, the count on sesame street

That shit worked for me.  They played it on AFN.  The Atlantic wants to rescue Sesame Street from Trump, and I support this effort.  Mr. Rogers is a hero, too. Strong research shows that PBS programs such as Sesame Street have proven academic benefits for young audiences — especially those from more underprivileged households. According…

at the mercy of imbeciles: comments on ABA

This was the first video I found on the YouTube channel “Fathering Autism”: At first I was just going to make a small post explaining “the squeeze,” at 3:30. Her legs might be crossed to stretch them after sitting, or just because stretching feels good. Stretching feels good. The son is completely not getting it…