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Welcome to Portia's blog. This section is updated frequently, so please come back soon for new content.

Dov's rad new hairdo!    
(Posted on 07/02/2011)

Dov got a haircut from the fabulous ATILA, with his dad, Jon, on Father's day, 2011...

Independence Day? Not For Everyone...  
(Posted on 07/04/2009)

Holidays can be the most stressful times for families with an autistic member (and vacations are no vacation either). Today I noticed a father draggin...

Carly has her own web site!  
(Posted on 06/10/2009)

Many of you met Carly Fleischmann when she was featured in a story on ABC News in 2008. Carly is a teenage girl with autism who is non-verbal and type...

Communication on the go for iPhone and iPod Touch  
(Posted on 06/04/2009)

New software creates a communication device interface for the iPhone - it has great potential but may be too small for many kids. But it's a good star...

Darlene Hanson's Free Webinar May 18, 2009: Communication and Behavior : How to help children, teens, and adults who have little verbal communication skills  
(Posted on 05/17/2009)

Date: Monday, May 18, 2009 Time: 6pm-8pm Pacific Standard Time Darlene will discuss the connection between behavior and communication; how to help s...

Jon's movie 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past' premieres!  
(Posted on 05/03/2009)

'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past' premiered on April 27th and opened on May 1st! We all went to the premiere at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood - Jon, his...

Happy Birthday Dov!!!  
(Posted on 04/27/2009)

Dov will be turning 17 on Tuesday - I can hardly believe it! We had a birthday dinner for Dov on Saturday night with grandparents, aunt and cousins. D...

News from the front...  
(Posted on 04/16/2009)

Dear Friends, I hope everyone has survived the spring “break” - we went to Philadelphia for Passover and we enjoyed seeing Jon’s parents and celebrat...

Darlene Hanson's Latest Newsletter  
(Posted on 12/10/2008)

Hi Everyone, Many of you already know Darlene, either from this Forum or through workshops or as a therapist. Darlene is a speech and language therap...

Soma's manual is now available  
(Posted on 12/02/2008)

In case you haven't heard, Soma's long-awaited manual has recently been released and is available on Amazon. I just finished reading it and it's good ...

More travels...  
(Posted on 05/07/2008)

Written May 2nd Back on a plane again on my way home to LA from Nashville. The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and Autism meeting was a great succes...

Because the world is round...  
(Posted on 05/03/2008)

Written April 30th... Hello friends, I haven't posted for a while due to an incredible amount of travel that started in January. Unfortunately the...

Scientists Reconsider What They Think They Know About Autism (Wired Magazine)  
(Posted on 02/27/2008)

Here's a new article just out from Wired Magazine that I think you will find very interesting. It starts to ask the question of whether there isn't fa...

Hope you had a chance to view this!  
(Posted on 02/25/2008)

In case you haven't seen this yet...(most of you have I hope!) here is a really great video clip on ABC about a young lady named Carly who has ASD and...

Tito's new book!  
(Posted on 01/20/2008)

Dear Friends, As some member's have already announced, Tito's new book has come out! It's a wonderful book and I highly recommend it. We are so fortu...

A doorway into our spiritual community for Dov...  
(Posted on 12/26/2007)

Dear Friends, Last Sunday the Los Angeles Times published an article about the wonderful program Dov participates in that assists children with disab...

Nick News: "Dov's Story" link is working!  
(Posted on 11/27/2007)

Some of you had trouble accessing the Nick news story on Dov -- the link in my earlier post is working now - please go read the article and see the vi...

Our Community website on About.com!  
(Posted on 11/20/2007)

Hi all, Thanks to Lisa Jo Rudy at About.com for posting a wonderful blog entry about our Community website!!! This is a great way for families all ov...

"Dov's Story" and video interview now on Nick News website!!!  
(Posted on 11/20/2007)

Greetings! There is a wonderful piece on the Nick News website called “Dov’s Story” and it includes a video interview with Dov who uses his LightWrit...

The Manual!  
(Posted on 11/06/2007)

Dear friends, Well here it is – finally. The Footnotes are missing and it needs some graphical tweaking but I thought I should get it up on the site ...

'Autism in Real Life' (and at the movies...)  
(Posted on 11/03/2007)

Last Friday Jon's movie 'Dan in Real Life', starring Steve Carrel, opened in the theaters across the country. It was very exciting for our whole famil...

Fall 2007 - Autism goes on vacation (not)  
(Posted on 10/11/2007)

Dear Friends- My last post was just before we went on our family summer vacation in early August. We had a great vacation (click here). But somehow r...

About reading and nonverbal/low-communicating people with autism  
(Posted on 07/31/2007)

It seems likely that many if not most nonverbal or low-communicating children with autism can read by the time they are six or seven, sometimes earlie...

My friend Sharon's letter...  
(Posted on 07/24/2007)

Hi, I wanted to share this letter from my friend Sharon Rosenbloom - she and her son Joey recently attended the Syracuse Summer Institute and she tel...

Summer Institute 2007 – Communicating Through the Arts - hoping to hear from some of you...  
(Posted on 07/22/2007)

Hello, Last week Dov, my sister Sarah and Karen (Dov’s one-on-one aide at school) went to New York to attend the ‘Summer Institute 2007 – Communicati...

A touching blog entry from New Brunswick member...  
(Posted on 07/20/2007)

I am sure some will find this blog entry controversial but I found it very moving and the author (member Harold Doherty) kindly agreed to allow me to ...

Chicago Sun Times - Schools held autistic boy 'hostage': judges  
(Posted on 07/18/2007)

Schools held autistic boy 'hostage': judges July 15, 2007 BY TIM WALDORF Naperville Sun Two judges have said Naperville School District 203 held...

Book event at Vroman's with Jane Kaczmarek!  
(Posted on 07/09/2007)

Hello- I just wanted to share some photos from my recent book event at Vroman’s in Pasadena. It was a wonderful evening and my dear and loyal friend ...

My rant about Nick News!  
(Posted on 06/27/2007)

Some of you have asked what happened to Dov’s interview on Nick New… In early April Nick News contacted me to say they were doing a program o...

My Cold Spring Harbor autism workshop experience  
(Posted on 06/25/2007)

I pulled up in front of the house around four in the afternoon after being gone for a week in Cold Spring Harbor and I saw at once that the huge plumb...

A little story of inspiration from my trip to Houston...  
(Posted on 06/23/2007)

Hello friends, I was in Houston recently where I gave a talk, visited a school and had a book-signing event. The very best part of my trip happened a...

More catching up...  
(Posted on 06/19/2007)

Greetings from Cold Spring Harbor, New York-- I have started to post a series of “catch-up” blog entries. Please forgive me for being away from the...

Catching up...  
(Posted on 06/17/2007)

Hello Friends- Please forgive me for being away from the community for more than a month. I’ve been checking in daily but unable to keep up on my b...

The LA CAN WALK is tomorrow!  
(Posted on 04/27/2007)

I remember when we started the CAN WALK several years ago --- tomorrow there will be 10,000 people walking in Los Angeles to find a cure for autism. W...

See Dov & kids! Watch Nick News Autism Program Sunday night at 8:30PM (PST & EST)
(Posted on 04/20/2007)

This Sunday night at 8:30PM Nick News will be airing a one-hour program about autism. They interviewed siblings of autistic kids and also some of the ...

A Blackberry moment...  
(Posted on 04/20/2007)

I received a beautiful e-mail from one of our members recently and she said I could post this excerpt here: Dear Portia- Just yesterday I had a qu...

Understanding the Cure Concept
(Posted on 04/13/2007)

I had the exchange below with a new member of the community and I think it brings up an important topic which needs to be discussed more often and mor...

Where are the families with nonverbal autistic children?
(Posted on 04/10/2007)

This is an essay I wrote recently: In search of a term to find those who have given up searching Imagine you are given a list of words, words th...

Strange Son reviewed in the Toronto Globe & Mail!
(Posted on 04/09/2007)

The Toronto Globe and Mail review appeared on April 8th, covering two new books on autism: my book �Strange Son� and Roy Richard Grinkerï¿...

Families with so-called 'low-functioning' kids need a place to get together and help each other...
(Posted on 04/04/2007)

It has been 30 hours since Lisa Jo Rudy posted about the Strange Son Community on About.com and in that time 30 families have signed up to join! We ar...

Message from Portia on Passover
(Posted on 04/03/2007)

Tonight is the second night of Passover. Last night we celebrated the first night of Passover with my husband Jon’s parents Marciarose and Jerry She...

My comments related to the review of Strange Son and Born on a Blue Day on Slate.com:
(Posted on 03/30/2007)

Dear Friends, Strange Son and Born on a Blue Day were reviewed on Slate.com this past week! Click on the link below to read the article. Dov and...

Slate Review of Strange Son and Born on A Blue Day
(Posted on 03/28/2007)

Slate did this great review on Strange Son and Born on A Blue Day http://www.slate.com/id/2162836/fr/rss/ click here to read it.

New TAP magazine article about Strange Son book, Dov and more!
(Posted on 03/23/2007)

Hi, This is an article I wrote that just came out in The Autism Perspective (TAP) magazine. I love TAP magazine, it is informative and visual, helpfu...

Listen to a wonderful interview with Dov on the RADIO!  
(Posted on 03/19/2007)

Dear Friends- When journalist Allan Coukell called me up recently wanting to do a radio interview with Dov, I thought I'd misunderstood. Dov, as you ...

Nick News does a program on autism!
(Posted on 03/19/2007)

Hi, Recently the 'Nick News' crew came to our house to interview Miriam, Gabe, our friend Claire and Dov! Nick is doing a program about autism for 'A...

Strange Son reviewed in New York Times!!!
(Posted on 02/27/2007)

A review of Strange Son appeared in the Science Times section of the New York Times today! Click hereto read: (Website)

4 out of 5 families affected with autism in Philadelphia today.
(Posted on 02/26/2007)

4 out of 5 families affected with autism in Philadelphia today. This morning I had an interview at WPVI ABC, Channel 6, here in Philadelphia for t...

Watch this video!  
(Posted on 02/23/2007)

Amanda Baggs is a young woman with autism who is nonverbal and has very autistic behaviors, yet she can type 120 words per minute and communicate extr...

More about what happened...
(Posted on 02/21/2007)

I thought I'd take this opportunity to tell you a little more about myself what lead me to write my book, �Strange Son�. My husband Jon Shes...

I'm having a book-signing at Borders in Philadelphia!
(Posted on 02/21/2007)

I'll be at Borders (Center City) Thursday at 7:30PM! I am really looking forward to it! -Portia

Strange Son in USA Today!
(Posted on 02/21/2007)

I was happy to see my book included in a roundup of five autism books in USA Today! To read the article click here: (Website)

I'll be on the Jim Bohannon Show at 7PM PST (10PM EST) tonight!
(Posted on 02/19/2007)

Hi, I will be talking with host Jim Bohannon at 7PM PST, (10PM EST) tonight - Monday, Feb. 19th! There will be call-ins from listeners so please call...

Jewish Exponent article on Strange Son! (Feb. 15, 2007)
(Posted on 02/19/2007)

I was thrilled that this article appeared in The Jewish Exponent on Feb 15, 2007! It's short but very to the point and accurrate and it has a wonderfu...

Seattle Times feature article on Strange Son...
(Posted on 02/05/2007)

(Website) Friday, February 2, 2007 - 12:00 AM THE SEATTLE TIMES The mother of an autistic child finds hope and help unlocking her son's "hidd...

So, I had my first book signing....  
(Posted on 02/01/2007)

Greetings from my office on Rossmore Avenue in Hollywood, California. Contrary to popular belief, it is raining here. My book, Strange Son, was publ...

Happy New Year 2007 and welcome to the strangeson web site!
(Posted on 01/08/2007)

This site is dedicated to parents, therapists, teachers and family members who wish to develop a better connection with someone they care about who ha...


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