This post is about a new course I’m doing. Oct 22.
But first, I have stuff to say. I recently wrote about the breakfast table effect, which explains why kids who have great science projects before college have parents who are scientists: they talk about science over breakfast because that’s what the parents like to talk about.
So what the hell was I thinking having both kids play string instruments? Because there’s a breakfast table effect with that, too, and we don’t have it. So I’ve had to learn so much about music careers and I still am way behind parents steering their kids from experience. And I’ve also had to learn about science projects. I mean, I didn’t have to learn this stuff, but it kills me to think that my kids are at a disadvantage because other kids have such knowledgeable and connected parents. I can’t stand it.
So I read scientific papers for three years, trying to figure out how to help my son. First I just learned how to apply my entrepreneurial skills to the science industry. Labs have a lot of grant money to spend. They buy lab equipment. And they buy human cells. You can even search online stores by animal parts.
I told myself to focus on learning what I need to help my kid compete with the breakfast table lottery winners. We realized that we know a lot about autism in our family. Because everyone has autism. So my son and I started reading papers about autism and we discovered a whole world of academic knowledge that is so difficult to say to the public that people don’t bother.
For example, girls who have more typically male traits—like strong interest in math and low interest in what they wear—have a high propensity toward autism. Most women who have tenure track positions in science have undiagnosed autism (because right now 96% of women are undiagnosed), so there’s huge pushback from female academics about making this research public.
(Hiding unpleasant research has precedent. We know that economically advantaged babies do not have better outcomes from breastfeeding. I mean, they might, but research is only able to show that breastfeeding improves outcomes for economically disadvantaged babies.)
At this point, my son has completed three experiments and tried many others that failed. And I’ve become addicted to reading research hidden in medical journals far away from mainstream media. Here are a few examples:
- The in-school approach to students with autism undermines the future success of those kids.
- Homeschoolers have a very high rate of autism, which helps those families to be successful.
- Adults with autism do not need typical friendships or typical hygiene to be successful.
In the meantime, I’ve coached hundreds of people with autism. It’s been fascinating to me how similar we all are to each other, and how much I learn from talking with other people about their autism experience.
I created a course about autism to tell you about everything I’ve learned from the science journals and coaching. The course is October 22-25, 9-10 pm Eastern. Each night there will be a live video (or you can watch it recorded) and there will be daily written material as well. The course is maybe more like a podcast, or a party for people who don’t like parties. But I’m calling it a course and you can read more about it here.
And you sign up here.
Those two links are actually the same. But I want to do a really good job getting you to buy this course because talking candidly with people who have autism has helped me so much, and I want you to experience that amazingness as well.
Bonus! I just realized my younger son has autism. That’s right. I saw my little son being little every day and I missed the autism every day, and I’m still telling you I’m an expert. That said, once we could both see it we were both shocked. So we sorted out our feelings and our ideas by talking together on three-minute videos. And if you buy the course in the next two days and enter the code HOMESCHOOLING I’ll send you our first two videos, unedited.