ABOUT AUTISM

You have real challenges, we have real solutions.

You have real challenges, we have real solutions. In today’s world, when it comes to autism-related care, questions abound.  Recently, I took about 30 minutes or so to go through all the different autism and autism-related support groups that I’m a part of on Facebook. And wow! You wouldn’t believe the number of questions that […]

The technological world we live in

The technological world we live in The pro’s and cons I was born in 1953 and like so many others defined as senior citizens, I can easily be defined as technologically inept.   For instance, every time something goes wrong with my iPhone, I rely upon my 26-year-old daughter to fix the problem which she […]

Current State of Neurodivergent Employment

Some startling statistics In a recent webinar on competitive employment landscapes, some startling and all too revealing statistics were given regarding the disabled/neurodiverse population in America.  Only 33.8% of adults with any disability are working (or 66.2% are unemployed) 31.2% of adults with a mental health related disability are working (of 68.8% are unemployed) Only […]

Autism Acceptance Month

Autism Acceptance Month April has been traditionally identified as Autism Awareness Month.  However, thanks to organizations like the Autism Society of America, this year, most of us have redefined the month to be Autism Acceptance Month. Today, most of us likely know someone impacted by autism. It might be a family member, school mate, neighbor, […]

Weathering the New Norm

Adjusting to our new norm: Each morning, I wake up to see if I can make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. I am 67 and have heart related issues, but all I find when I try to book an appointment online is that appointments aren’t available.   While I wonder when appointments for a vaccine […]

Dear Parents, take care of yourselves.

Heading into a new year The other day, I read a Facebook post that said, “I am returning 2021 since I had a seven day grace period to return it without any questions asked.” I laughed when I read that, but it also got me thinking about how much daily stress people experience; and how […]

Addressing your child’s processing funnel

The processing funnel Oftentimes, as parents, our knee jerk reaction may be to address processing related “symptoms” instead of the root issue. When it comes to processing deficits, it can be important to take a step back and address sensory the issues your child is experiencing and learning to work through. Understanding sensory sensitivity: When […]

Helping your child tell their story

A story’s value Id like to start with a quote: All of these stories make me who I am. But to insist on only the negative stories is to flatten my experience and to overlook the many other stories that formed me. The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that […]

Engaging in early intervention

Early Intervention For many parents, realizing that your child may receive an autism diagnosis can be difficult and or surprising, but it doesn’t have to be. Substantial efforts have been made to frame a roadmap for parents as they begin to navigate the possibility that their child may be Neurodiverse. What to look out for […]

Conversations with a friend

Discussing the autism diagnosis with others I recall having a conversation with a friend of mine about how he felt when or if we discussed his autism. For some reason, this was the first time we had such an open conversation about his diagnosis. My friend let me know about some personal experiences he had […]