Healing Social Environments

January 23, 2024
Fossilized Nautilus Shell Spiral

Autism, Anthropomorphism, and the God in All Things

A friend recently shared a PubMed article with me that left me bemused.  We’ve got another example of the old, reductionist, Cartesian model of science coming up against the realities of quantum physics and the relationships among all matter and energy — including things like living beings, vehicles, mugs, dust […]
January 13, 2021

Autism and the Good Enough Mum

Nearly every autism parent I connect with, at conferences, at talks, and online, has this sneaking fear.  And sometimes the fear isn’t very far in the background. This niggling, nasty, voice says things like: I did something wrong I must have made some mistake(s) I am the problem because my […]
April 25, 2020

Autism, Immune Vulnerability, and COVID-19

Before you read this, I’m going to remind you of my disclaimer (there’s a link to it in the footer of every web page).  Do your own homework, and consult holistic health professionals if you want to rebuild and restore your health… don’t just take my word for ANYTHING! Given […]
March 24, 2018

Optimizing Autism for Outdoor Educators

Do You: teach outdoors and wilderness skills, and work with more and more students and children who have learning disabilities, especially autism and Asperger’s? have ideas about how to help challenged kids, but can’t back up what you’re thinking, experimenting with, or talking about with your team? keep getting told […]
October 20, 2017

Interventions: Autism Care Farms for Housing, Events, and Therapy

In Britain and the US, there are growing numbers of “Care Farms”.  These are different from farms with therapeutic animals, in that care farms provide: Housing, farm work, small business employment, and other supports for adults with disabilities which offer quality of life well beyond what’s usually available in urban supported housing. […]
September 4, 2017

Calm Autism Stress With Sensory Meditation

Walking to and from my inner-city, bully-dominated, and sensory-nightmare grade school, about ¼ of my route was shaded by magnificent trees. These trees were so tall and broad that they mostly over-arched the entire width of the street. When I walked under them, I felt like I was in the […]
January 2, 2017
photo of an abandoned storefront

Autism and RIP for Toronto’s ABC Sports Store

What on earth could mourning the many-years-ago passing of a sports store have to do with autism? Bear with me. There are a bunch of factors.  But they essentially amount to: The way we design, use, and either maintain or replace our gear has an impact on autism. The way […]
October 18, 2016

Autistic Adventures in Gut Repair, Diet Change, and Embracing Change

WARNING:  very long post Have I ever told you about some of my food exploits, the ones that brought me to what I’m now doing?  Maybe not… When I left my parent’s home for a pre-meds program, I knew that the foods I ate at that wilderness canoe camp left […]
September 7, 2016

Range of Tolerance: Why Autism Rates Double Every 10 Years

Since the first world war (WWI), autism rates for new primary school students have been roughly doubling every ten years (click here to see one of many similar graphs available online from around the world). We know from records that behaviours and attributes we now call autistic have been recognized […]