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

I’ve Fallen, and I Can’t Get Up

I’ve Fallen, and I Can’t Get Up

A week ago, I tripped and fell on my arm which broke the head of my radial bone near by elbow. I wasn’t sure at first that anything good would come from experiencing a fractured bone besides earning another point

ASD and Aggression

ASD and Aggression

A fellow Autism blogger, Emily, posted a blog recently about aggressiveness in people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. She brought up concern that until 5 year years ago there hadn’t been studies done to identify why there was increased aggression

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Have you ever found yourself on a journey you didn’t plan to take? Maybe you saw something you had to get a closer look at. Maybe the overwhelming urge to run your fingers through the cold, clear water of a

Understanding Autism Awareness Month

Understanding Autism Awareness Month

The month of April is Autism Awareness month, and April 2nd is the big day to “light it up blue.” A year ago when I was first learning about Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome I was eager to participate and proudly

Autism Rocks!

Autism Rocks!

“My special interest is rocks.” That phrase to the untrained ear is simple. “Oh, that’s nice,” someone might say. However, this phrase is anything but simple. It is a key which unlocks a door to infinite untapped potential in the

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