How To Keep Swimming When You Feel Like You’re Drowning in Medical Expenses

With the introduction of autism or other medical or mental health issues in your life, you may find that (through no fault of your own) you have more expenses than your budget can manage. Even though you most people couldn’t handle it financially, you may find yourself feeling lost, guilty, or overwhelmed. You

How to Overcome Task Avoidance and See Your Full Potential for the First Time

Photo Credit: Efetova Anna/Shutterstock.com Task Avoidance Even if you're a master at task avoidance, you can only avoid a task for so long before you bump up against necessity, a deadline, or worse, the realization that what stands between you and the achievement of your goal is this task and your

Managing Autism with the Zero-Based Budget

Photo Credit: megaflopp/Shutterstock.com 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

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: What To Do When One Person NEEDS a Hug and the Other Does NOT

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,'"