Autism and Writing: Writing in a Network

Autism and Writing: My Struggle “I am a terrible writer.” That was my message to myself and was it any wonder because that was the message of others to me. So while I cruised through my math classes, I held on for dear life in my English courses. Okay, in fairness, I was an

Dear Autistics: Society’s Message Is Wrong & What You Can Do About It

"With the right help and resources, people with autism can be successful." What???? Society’s Message to Autistics At our very core, our very essence, lie the messages we accept for ourselves, all too often as dictated by society. The power of right, encouraging, empowering messages cannot be overstated. By the same token, neither

Compensating for Autism: Different Ways to Amazing Days

Have you ever tried something and thought you just couldn't pull it off? That in spite of your best efforts, you just weren't progressing? Yeah, me too! And it is crazy frustrating. Enter my blog, Her Autism. Though I enjoy writing, it really challenges me. When I first started blogging, I

Autism and Puberty: Get Your Daughter Ready!

Autism and Puberty Navigating autism and puberty with young girls doesn't have to be terrifying. Of course there are challenges. For those with girls overwhelmed by sight of blood, the feel of pads, or the emotional flood of PMS, it can be a tough road. But, it's doable. I know because I have walked

Your Autism Diagnosis: Privacy Versus Secrecy and Why It Matters

In my last few posts, I wrote about when and why you may want to disclose your autism to others. I feel like I want to clarify what I mean when I say that an autism diagnosis is your private information. So here's the deal: In my opinion, there is a tremendous

Managing the Invisible Costs of Autism and Mental Health Care

While there is no treatment for autism, those of you who follow along know that I have a definite strategy for managing it. You can check that out in my post, “My Strategy for the ‘Treatment’ of Autism.” In this strategy is the idea that you should treat everything else and

6 Factors In Deciding Whether To Disclose Your Autism Diagnosis

So you may be thinking about seeking an autism diagnosis, or maybe you have just been diagnosed. This diagnosis maybe came as a "holy-cow-how-did-this-happen?" kind of shock. (I kept wondering how in the world I was just being diagnosed at the age of 44!) Maybe in addition to being a

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

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

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

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