Autism Awareness Month: I Am Not a Puzzle Piece

We're closing in on April, so that means it's almost time for Autism Awareness Month. In the past, Autism Awareness Month found itself surrounded by controversy about whether it should be “Autism Awareness Month” or “Autism Acceptance Month.” This year I notice that people are suggesting it should be “Autism Action Month” (which I

The Most Important Similarity between Accommodations and Competitive Advantage

In the world of issues like autism, ADD/ADHD, mental illness, physical illness/disability, terms like “504 plan,” “IEP,” and “accommodations” are commonplace. As a multi-outcome-single-tasker, however, I want to suggest that along that same vein should come the term “personal competitive advantage.” Why? Because the underlying skills needed to achieve both accommodations and a personal

“Twas the Night Before Christmas” Through the Eyes of an Autist

Growing up, I had no idea I was an autist. But there were certain things I loved or that stood out for me and the story "Twas the Night Before Christmas" was one of them. (A reprint of the story can be found below just in case you haven’t read it in a while!)

Autism and Socialization: When Socialization is a Conscious Process

The Sociology Guide defines the process of socialization as “predominately an unconscious process by which a newborn learns the values, beliefs, rules and regulations of society, or internalizes the culture in which it is born.” I believed this notion when I learned it in college in Sociology 101; I have since developed doubts.

Life with Autism: Celebrate What You Are Actually Doing!

Have you ever felt just totally defeated when you were in a time of crisis, or maybe every day felt like a crisis? Or maybe you have found yourself telling a friend or family member you just could not keep going the way you were going. You were tired, stressed, done. I have totally

Lessons on Autism Acceptance from “The Princess and the Pea” (for Old and Young Alike!)

Autism Acceptance For the autism community, autism acceptance appears to be a distant goal. Because of my experiences and those shared with me by others, autism acceptance has become an important issue for me. Having only learned of my diagnosis 2 years ago at the time of this

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

9 Essentials for Creating a Life You Love with Her Autism

You are so important to me. You are why I created Her Autism. Because I care about YOU! Your struggles matter to me. That maybe I could help you avoid going through all of the things I have gone through gives me hope that maybe I went through those things for a reason. The

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