• Understanding Autism from the Inside

    “Academics came easily to me. The rest of life—not so much.”
  • This post may contain affiliate links and we may earn compensation when you click on the links at no additional cost to you.

The Indecisive Aspie

I have trouble making decisions, or rather, I seem to second guess every decision I make fearful of regretting it, or feeling like I made the wrong one.  This has only become a problem for me as I age—is it experience, or fear of failure? I am not sure, but …

Continue reading

MMR Vaccines and an Autism Connection? What to believe…

I read an interesting article today about a ruling in an Italian court that held the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine did in fact cause autism and the court awarded monetary compensation to the family. The article got me thinking about the whole subject again and my experience with this …

Continue reading

They Changed the Menu and I wanted to run!

Last week the boys decided they wanted Chinese Food for dinner. Whenever we order something from a restaurant, it is always the same restaurant, and we order the same items. If we want something different we would not go to the Food Court, we would got to another Chinese take-out …

Continue reading

More on changes to Autism Diagnositc Criteria in the DSM-V: BBC News Article

From BBC News Magazine: “The biggest changes for many in DSM-5 was the news that disorders related to autism that previously had their own category – such as Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified – will now all be classified as one diagnosis, Autism Spectrum …

Continue reading

Are there more autistic children now than in the past? Or are we just learning to recognize them now?

An except from Twirling Naked in the Streets and No-One Noticed… Introduction In 1974, 1 in 5,000 children were diagnosed with autism. When I began writing this book in 2012, that number was estimated at 1 in 88. In early 2013, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released yet another …

Continue reading

Autism and Writing; Therapy and Theory of Mind Exercises

My decision to become a writer led to my autism diagnosis.  I decided one day that I wanted to write books, and writing quickly became my new special interest. The problem was that I was dreaming of writing fiction novel, and had no clue how to write them. This lead …

Continue reading

Does Asperger’s Make It Harder to Know Yourself?

A few months ago, I made the startling discovery that I don’t really know myself all that well.  In fact, I didn’t even know what I liked to eat—not without considering everyone else around me. That even sounds weird to me. As I write this, I am thinking that I have …

Continue reading

Aspie Writer on Loving Yourself

Thanks to a wonderful commenter on my WordPress blog where I am blogging my book, Twirling Naked in the Streets—and No-One Noticed, a book about growing up with undiagnosed autism, I have found the Prolific Living website/blog. I have become engrossed in the writing and ideas that the author shares …

Continue reading

Be Careful of What You Say to ASD Children; the literal-Minded 8 year old

Our Words and our ASD Children Being mindful of the words we use when we speak to our ASD children can be exhausting, but so can the meltdown that follows misinterpretations. Understanding how their highly literal minds process the words is crucial.   It’s Sunday again and I am reminded …

Continue reading

He thought they were calling him slow; the literal-minded 8 year old

This is the sign displayed in front of my eight year old’s school I guess he hadn’t really noticed it before, but when we pulled in front of the school to head to go the book fair he jumped out of the van and stamped his foot. “Arghh!” he yelled. …

Continue reading