Zidlow and Eli’s Story

I had just asked my son Elijah, who is fifteen, to shut down his computer and the TV and go to sleep. The cartoons he was watching had a bunch of different voices and sound-effects that were driving us crazy, so he said, “Okay, Dad,” and then he shut them off in front of me and jumped into bed.

I closed his door and headed to my bedroom, when I heard that same racket coming from his room again. So I got really annoyed and stormed back to his room, opened his door and said, “I thought I told you to shut those stupid cartoons off!” But he was still in bed, and his computer and TV were still off. So I asked him what was going on.

“I just heard those crazy sounds again,” I told him. He sheepishly said, “Okay, okay, you caught me. It was me. ”

“What do you mean it was you?”

So he started to do four or five different voices, asking questions and answering them in full conversations, back and forth, body and facial expressions in full force. I stood in his doorway, smiling, and in awe, yet again.

I will share with you a view of a [...] continue the story

Jonathan a Different Child

Two parents cope with raising an autistic child. The film describes their struggle, their daily efforts, their doubts and also their great love for Jonathan – a beautiful child who touches one’s heart. Yossi Mar Haim and Michal Ne’eman, two acclaimed Israeli artists, whose work – he is a musician, she is a painter – was their whole life till the birth of their only son. Today, their son, Jonathan, arranges the order of their lives and they devote every single minute of each day to him. They are both in their fifties. They will not have another child. The investment in Jonathan appears to mainly be a Sisyphean act but despite this, they battle the problem with a huge investment in time and try every method of which they hear, but at the same time view the situation realistically. Yossi and Michal’s fears and inevitable feelings of guilt are boldly portrayed.

Making Lemonade

Fascinating storytelling and classic elements of poetry combine to allow the reader into the world of autism. Faced with a lifetime of “lemons,” Judy decided years ago that rather than (a) throwing them out or (b) letting them rot and then throwing them out, she would (c) make lemonade – capitalizing on her strengths and talents. Each poem in the collection invites us to focus on one of Judy’s lemons, such as sensory lemons, her school days, etc. By choosing her words simply and sparingly, the author trusts us to fill in the spaces with our own experience, encouraging us to accept our own lemons and make our own lemonade.