Managing Autism with the Zero-Based Budget

What’s a zero-based budget and what does it have to do with autism??? Excellent question. The answer is more than you might think. And you can use it for so much more than making decisions about spending! It’s useful in: Budgeting (I know, obvious, right?) Scheduling. Relationship management. Managing your diet. Making decisions

Autism and Accountability: How to Know When to Hold an Autistic Child Accountable

Autism and Accountability It can be tough to determine those things for which it is okay to hold someone accountable. It can be especially difficult in relationships between autists and neuortypical folks. Parents ask whether/when, they can hold their autistic child accountable. In response to these questions, I created this post and

Compensating for Autism by Capturing Simple, Everyday Efficiencies [with Audio]

Compensating for Autism Not long ago, I read the post of a friend on Facebook. In her post, she was bemoaning the role of never-ending laundry in her life. Granted, she has a lot of kids in her home, but the laundry issue was getting to her. Now, what in the world,

Autism and the Holidays: Make This Year Joyful! [with Audio]

Autism and the Holidays So the holidays are coming, and it's a time of fun and happiness and joy. But like so many other things that don't go smoothly with autism, autism and the holidays can present unique challenges. Joy to the world, right? I bet sometimes it feels like joy

My Hypersensitivity Nightmare and How I Overcome It

Hypersensitivity and Autism We hear a lot about the hypersensitivity of people with autism, and I wanted to actually take a minute to give you an example of just one area in which I am hypersensitive and how that hypersensitivity has played out in my life. The difficulty that this

Hugs and Autism: I Want to Help U Get Better

Hugs and Autism. Just the two words together seem overwhelming. Hugging presents such a difficult topic for many families in which someone is autistic. While some researchers are starting to try to explain it, it remains a tough subject. I know that when many women envision starting a family, they

Autism and Resolutions: Resolve in August, Celebrate at the New Year!

Yeah, I know, it is September.  Not only did I miss August, but why am I talking about New Year's resolutions now? There is some irony in talking about goal setting and resolutions at a time when you missed the opportunity! HA! I developed this idea for a post a few

Taking Care of Yourself When You are Hanging by a Thread

With autism comes a lot of other stuff. It can be truly hard to find time for taking care of yourself. I've written a post on comorbidity (disorders that occur frequently with autism), and you can read that post "Comorbidity: Life with Autism and Its Closest 'Friends,'"

Short and Sweet List of Suggestions for Surviving and Thriving with Autism during the Holidays

The holidays are here! Hooray! Right? I generally get really excited about the holidays, but sometimes the approach of occasions that should be readily and happily anticipated can cause dread and anxiety. Having autism, I love living according to routines, and more than living according to routines, I love to be in control. I used

The Autist Becomes the Instructor: The DRIVING Instructor!!

Before we give our kids the keys to the car, we to teach them to drive. I can’t think of anything that “better” brought out and demonstrated my symptoms as someone with high functioning autism than teaching my kiddos to drive! As a homeschool mom, I love to serve (You can read about my love of