Sensory Triggers 101

Sensory Triggers 101

In preparation for Autism Awareness month next month, I figured I would dedicate this blog to one of the major obstacles of Autism–sensory processing. The five main senses: Smell, sight, taste, touch, and sound are also accompanied by the three

Black and White

Black and White

Black/white Good/bad Happy/sad Thinking in extremes is a form of cognitive distortion commonly referred to as “black and white” thinking. There is seemingly no middle ground between the two polar opposite states. For example, if I try a new flavor

Looking but Not Looking

Looking but Not Looking

Chances are if you have heard anything about Autism, you have heard something to do with the lack of eye contact. It is fairly common for those of us on the spectrum to have difficulty with making or keeping eye

Small Talk is a Big Problem

Small Talk is a Big Problem

Imagine trying to hold a conversation in the middle of a concert. The fans are screaming, the music is blaring, and you are pouring every last bit of effort into trying to make sense of the jumbled mess of words

Shopping with an Aspie

Shopping with an Aspie

Girls love shopping. It is an almost undeniable association. It is stereotyped in movies, on television, and often in everyday life. I think one of the first indications I had that I wasn’t like the other girls in my middle

Disorder or Disability?

Disorder or Disability?

According to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Aspies (those with Asperger’s Syndrome) are now huddled together under the umbrella term “Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Labels come and go as researchers, parents, psychologists, and psychiatrists alike all

Stimming– the Good, the Bad, and Why.

Stimming– the Good, the Bad, and Why.

Just recently I came across an article (The Dark Side of the Stim- Self-injury and Destructive Habits by a fellow WordPress author Kirstenlindsmith) which opened my eyes to some of the destructive actions I was prone to as a kid and

ASDay– Autistics Speaking Day

ASDay– Autistics Speaking Day

A Simple Desire    Breaking point, hold me tightly as I fall into too much noise, light, people touching me, stimulation, TOO MUCH EVERYTHING.   Flailing for help, I try to tell you but nothing comes out, tears, more flapping,