• Understanding Autism from the Inside

    “Academics came easily to me. The rest of life—not so much.”

Jeannie Davide-Rivera

Jeannie is an award-winning author, the Answers.com Autism Category Expert , contributes to Autism Parenting Magazine, and the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She lives in New York with her husband and four sons, three of which are on the autism spectrum.

Through My Eyes Only; Asperger’s in the First Person

“Having Asperger’s is like writing in the First Person—I only see what I can see through my own eyes, and I have no knowledge what is in other people’s heads.” ~ Aspie Writer I am told that writing from the first person point of view (POV) is challenging—that many writers …

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How do you handle the dentist? Dental Assault—the Two Hour Filling

A couple of weeks ago I made a trip to the dentist.  I hate the dentist. I have notoriously bad teeth and always have. When I was a child the dentist always said I had soft teeth with weak enamel. Lately I have been reading accounts of dentist telling other …

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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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