Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2015-05-20

An Autistic Girl at McDonalds

This is probably going to be more of a diary post than a blog post. As to what the difference is between the two, well, that’s probably negligible. I guess when I write longer blog posts, they’re meant for everyone to read; a larger audience. In this case, I don’t know, it might be just for me. Either way, I just feel a bit compelled to write about an experience.

I was just at McDonalds for lunch and there was a large group in the dining area – a couple of adults and about seven kids. Yet even before glancing over at them or giving them any sort of attention or acknowledgement, I knew that at least one of them was special needs and more than likely autistic.

It was the stimming.

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Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2015-05-03

Autistic Speech

It’s been just over four years since my son Matt was diagnosed with autism. After developing normally and learning to speak like any other little boy, one day he just sort of stopped talking all together. His emerging vocabulary dropped from around 20 words to zero basically overnight.

It was more than heartbreaking, it was devastating.

My wife and I soon learned that many children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) never speak again or in many cases have very limited speech for the remainder of their lives. Fortunately, though, we also learned there are many examples of those who fully regain their ability to talk. Read More…

Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2015-04-16

Subject to Change goes viral. Sort of.

Just about anyone who does anything on social media has at least thought about what it would be like to create a tweet, Facebook post, YouTube video, meme or any other piece of content that eventually goes ‘viral’. We’ve all seen them too: grumpy cat, cute kids, clumsy drunks, sensational to extraordinary news stories, etc. Content usually meant to be viewed by a relatively few gets viewed by the thousands (and often times millions.)

Google search results page

Look at me, ma! I’m on Google!

Personally, I’ve spent time in quite a few meetings trying to brainstorm ideas that would turn into viral content. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. For something to go viral, luck plays a bigger role than actual planning or thought. There’s no magic bullet and no matter how much time, effort or money is put into something – there’s never a guarantee that it’ll take the internet by storm.

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Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2015-03-22

Special Day for Special Kids

My son has autism and by definition that makes me a special needs parent. Although we’re a relatively small community, it’s unfortunate that we’re also a somewhat rapidly growing community. So many parents, so many children – as well as so many adults – whose lives are defined by a different sense of normalcy.

It’s important to note too, however, that despite how we might feel sometimes, we’re not a forgotten group. There are programs, advocacy groups, non-profit organizations and a slew a wonderful volunteers who just want to help, to be there and do what they can to make our lives a little less demanding.

One such group – again, among many – is the Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary.

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Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2015-02-06

Spartan Sprint, Arizona style

Five times.

Five times I’ve gone online – on Facebook, Twitter and of course this blog – and proudly proclaimed myself a “Warrior”.

First I was just a warrior. Then there was the repeat. Next I conquered the battleground in Nebraska before eventually completing the Warrior Dash in Phoenix, Arizona.

Thus becoming a five-time back-to-back, multi-state, multi-time zoned warrior.

I won’t say I ran great nor was I even remotely in what anyone might define as being in “good shape”. But I did it and am proud of the title.

Then there was the Arizona Spartan Race.

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