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kathy-briccetti's picture
Jan.19.2009
tantrum [tan-truh m]   -noun A violent demonstration of rage or frustration; a sudden burst of ill temper.  A fit of bad temper. Also called hissy fit. Welcome to the world of tantrums At the picture window, Ben waves good-bye to Pam and Thomas in the mornings, and then with the same hand...
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Jan.19.2009
Last night, after the news, I was surprised to see that CNBC had a much-advertised special on high-end prostitution. http://www.cnbc.com/id/26869953 The prices for some of the girls were impressive. $10,000 for a night. $25,000 for a weekend. Wow. And to hear them talk, there’s a steady flow of...
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Jan.03.2009
Lovey Boy The first time Ben saw a football huddle on TV, he said, “Kiss, hug.” And the first time he saw a football tackle and pile up, he laughed and said, “Whole family fall down.”   Notes to my Firstborn Liz had a holiday party for the families at her daycare, and when we arrived she showed...
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Dec.28.2008
I'm writing a memoir about working as a school psychologist with children on the autism spectrum while raising a son with Asperger’s Syndrome. Thought I'd share a few installments. Here's the first one. Beginnings When I was twenty, I stuck a bumper sticker on my bile-colored Datsun Honeybee that...
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Nov.30.2008
For those of you who saw this post on my Psychology Today blog . . . there is a new story there today. For those who did not see it, I'll repost it here: For much of my life, I've carried a burden of sadness. It started when I was three or four, with my failures to make friends with the kids around...
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Nov.12.2008
Every day, I get questions about the TMS project I’ve gotten involved in at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. What’s that? It’s the use of high power magnetic fields to induce tiny electrical currents in the brain that can change the...
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Nov.07.2008
Every day, I get questions about the TMS project I’ve gotten involved in at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. What’s that? It’s the use of high power magnetic fields to induce tiny electrical currents in the brain that can change the...
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Oct.29.2008
It seems like I'm driving to Boston every week nowadays!  If you're in town next Wednesday, come say hi!  I'll be appearing at the Barnes & Noble, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave, from noon to 1PM. This is part of the Snell Library Lunch Times Series. Call 617 373 2821 for more info...
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Sep.28.2008
It’s time to say goodbye to the west coast. It’s hard to believe I’ve been out here a whole week.I started last Sunday at Book Soup in West Hollywood, next to Los Angeles. That was a small talk, but the highlight came after when I got to have dinner with blogger Kanani Fong and her Writerly Pause...
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Sep.24.2008
There was a Mexican couple at one of my last appearances, and we talked about the way Aspergian traits seem to be inherited. Their visit got me thinking about how Aspergians fit into today’s world, and how we’re perceived by different cultures, and what that may say about Aspergians through history...