Being an autistic parent is tough. Just like being any kind of parent. But it’s also the best thing in the world - as any parent, not just autistic ones, will tell you. Source: Unsplash/吴 迪 @brawny One of the things I find hardest about parenting with autism is the discrepancy in the way that I “play” versus the way my children play. Especially as they get older and their imaginations get wilder, I am constantly finding myself lost and tired and overwhelmed after only 5 or 10 minutes of dedicated play time. Throw in the fact that the kids are with us nearly 24/7 now due to the ongoing pandemic, and you have a recipe for epic burnout ! I have often thought to myself, what’s wrong with me? Play time is supposed to be fun, right? Why do I find it so draining? Well there’s nothing wrong with me. I am autistic, so I “play” differently, and that’s okay. Now, my son is also autistic, but as any autie will tell you, “if you have met one autistic person, you … [Read more...] about Autistic Parents: Is Playtime with the Kids Wearing You Out?
We are in challenging times in our country. There is a tremendous polarization. Many issues have bubbled up to the surface, revealing the deep divide that exists between us as to how we each frame the world. We strongly disagree about economics, religion, politics , racial, ethnic, and gender issues. We seem to have lost our ability to put ourselves in the other person’s shoes. There is a prevailing sentiment of, “There is only my way and your way. My way is right. Your way is wrong.” Coming from this stance, it is very difficult to find common ground. I believe the current crisis is a call to use authentic dialogue to resolve the issues facing us. As an existential- humanistic therapist, I believe there are values within the existential-humanistic (EH) perspective that can help us create this dialogue. Among other values, the EH perspective stands for creating relationships based upon honesty, openness , and mutuality. If we hold the intention of creating relationships … [Read more...] about Using Authentic Dialogue to Create a More Caring World
Our planet is changing rapidly, although society and nature have undergone alterations throughout human history. During these shifts, migration has always been one societal response, driving human expansion and continuing as typical human behaviour today. Waste management problems and coastal engineering in Malé, Maldives. Source: Ilan Kelman Islanders are now experiencing and must address significant changes. In particular, low- lying islands such as Maldives are often suggested as going through catastrophic environmental changes, from local to global, which threaten their existence. In these situations, how prominent should migration be as an option? Historically, long ocean voyages led to island discovery and settlement. Today, diasporas return remittances and temporary migration supports seasonal work, adventure, education , and fun. Meanwhile, many local activities drive interest in migration, from poor waste management increasing pollution to political … [Read more...] about Islander Migration and Local-to-Global Change
One of the strangest aspects of the current pandemic has been the denial practiced by so many of its victims — not to mention the extent to which this denial has often contributed to the victimization itself. Stranger yet is that this denial apparently includes not only people who haven’t contracted the virus or know anyone who has, but even some who actually test positive. Even more astounding is the degree to which said denial seems to have permeated the attitudes of some who refuse to accept the reality of their situation even as they are dying of it. This denial is not “merely” a refusal to acknowledge their own impending death (not in itself uncommon), but an insistence that the cause isn’t COVID because that isn’t a genuine, life-threatening disease but rather, a hoax dreamed up by political liberals seeking to undermine the presidency of Donald Trump. Strange indeed. Or maybe not. As quoted in The Washington Post of November 16, Judy Doering — an emergency room nurse … [Read more...] about The Pied Piper of the Pandemic
University College Oxford Source: PICRYL Cassie became a lawyer because, in the ‘80s; everyone became a lawyer. It was important to save the world. She’d been a Ph.D. student in English at a very classy institution but, whenever she walked past the law school, she got this frisson – that’s where the real glamour was. Those people would be on the ramparts. They’d redraw the lines of force that governed mundane reality. They were a new kind of physicist, spinning things out in new directions. It was all heady stuff. Moreover, as if she needed more inspiration, she met a guy who was graduating from the law school, and she read his books. “I can do that,” she thought. “It’s just figuring out a text, and I do that already.” By the following autumn, she had enrolled. It was a funny three years, Cassie told me. She read all her textbooks, passed her exams, and had crushes on a few professors. “They seemed so in charge,” she said. She even liked some of the courses, … [Read more...] about Pursuing Love and Excitement in the Quest for a Career