• Understanding Autism from the Inside

    “Academics came easily to me. The rest of life—not so much.”
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I am not ignoring you; I don’t recognize you

This week I am working on writing a feature article on Face-Blindness for a writing class that I am currently taking this semester.  Our assignment was to first pick our topic, which I have, and before writing research pictures to enhance our article. Easy peasy. The Unexpected – What I …

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Moving Madness: Part III—so what happened?

The conclusion…sort of How did she work without all our modern appliances? After our horrid night of moving hotels at 2 a.m., we returned to the smoking townhouse.  Two electricians, and a progress energy crew later, we learned that progress energy screwed up—badly! When the technician installed the meter they …

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Moving Madness: Part II – Let there be Light!—and Sparks, and Smoke! And Damn Super Senses!

Part Two—for those of you following along… About 8:30 p.m. we pull into our designated parking spot in front of our townhouse excited to find see the house lit up—until I saw the smoke. The AC unit in front of the house was smoking! “It’s probably just dust and dirt …

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Moving Madness: Part I – Nothing is Ever Easy; Rage; Meltdown; Shutdown

I mentioned in my Stupid Wizard post in August that I wanted to move, and am happy to announce that we finally did.  In fact, we were able to find a great deal on a townhouse, closed on October 1st, and have moved in.  Sounds all sunshine and roses doesn’t …

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A Voice in a Fake World; Asperger’s on the Inside–Social Frustration

An except from Twirling Naked in the Streets and No-One Noticed… A Voice in a Fake World; Asperger’s on the Inside A simple invite to a coffee shop can be an overwhelming experience for an Aspie, those of us with Asperger’s Syndrome. The coffee machine frothing, customers placing orders, the door …

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The Adderall Experiment: Irritation and Headaches

Is Adderall causing my irritation and headaches—or is it hunger? ADD is one of the only diagnoses that had stood after my Asperger’s Diagnosis. It was originally among the host of other “disorders” that doctor’s labeled me with before figuring out that I had autism. It only took thirty-eight years! …

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Aspies do not lack empathy; we crave it.

Asperger’s and Empathy: Why do you people believe we lack empathy? I’ve been thinking about the common misconception that those with Asperger’s Syndrome do not have empathy; that we cannot be empathetic.  It drives me crazy when I hear that those on the autism spectrum lack empathy because it simply …

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Why you should never ask an Aspie, "How are you doing today?"

I don’t know if my issue with this question is related to social expectations and my reaction to making these social blunders, or if I can’t get past my literal-mindedness and need to provide answers to questions. But–if you want to stop me dead in my tracks, just ask, “How …

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My Awesome Aspie Teen: Praising the Good Stuff

I spend so much time complaining about the annoying stuff, and discussing deficits struggles that many times I forget mention the good stuff–the things that make my wonderful Aspie child kind, thoughtful, different, and absolutely awesome.  How many 13-year-old boys worry about their moms being tired and not getting enough …

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I have Super-powers! My son’s impression of Mom

Super Powers Aspies and Alphas As I was sitting at my computer tinkering with Facebook today, I could hear my 13-year-old son cackling at something in the living room.  He laughed so hard that he fell off the sofa. Half out of breath, he comes running into the room. “Mom, …

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