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

My Life is a Hollywood Movie…Sorta

My Life is a Hollywood Movie…Sorta

Have you ever watched a movie that used special effects to make the scenes believable and more fantastical? They often will include bloopers or behind the scenes footage of the film making process. The final product captures a world of

Social Anxiety or Autism?

Social Anxiety or Autism?

Someone asked me recently how I knew I was autistic and not just suffering from Social Anxiety. In retrospect, the question coming from someone with a degree in the mental health field seemed a bit like the interrogative form of