• Understanding Autism from the Inside

    “Academics came easily to me. The rest of life—not so much.”
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The Constant Demand, and what they DON’T SEE!

You are so organized.  You great at this.  You have gotten over your autism.  You are successful. They don’t see the tears.  They don’t see the meltdowns.  They don’t see the panic attacks.  They don’t see the bolting up in bed at night soaked in sweat, head reeling with all …

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The Baseball Obsessed Pre-Schooler

An except from Twirling Naked in the Streets and No-One Noticed… “I don’t have any narrowly focused special interests, no all-consuming obsessions—not during childhood.” I protested my diagnosis, but only for a moment. I knew all the players; I knew their numbers. I knew the line-up; I knew all the stats. …

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Sunshine and the Aspie: When the Weather Affects Our Neurology

Ohh…the happiness of Summer (As long as it is not too hot!) When I woke up this morning I still felt exhausted because I had not fallen asleep until after 2 a.m. last night. I have been having tremendous difficulty falling asleep lately (again): enter the famous Aspie insomnia. This …

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Autism Awareness is About Telling Our Stories…

“On December 26th, 1990 Marguerite Elisofon gave birth to premature twins: Samantha and Matthew. Marguerite and her husband soon noticed their daughter lagged behind her brother in ways that scared them. Samantha, they learned, was on the autistic spectrum. Most “experts” weren’t optimistic about her chances for leading a normal …

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Celebrating Autism: Navigating Romance; Samantha Elisofon in Keep the Change

Samantha Elisofon, was featured in a short film titled, Keep the Change, which shows how some people living on the Autistic Spectrum navigate romance. This is a touching short film that runs about 15 minutes.  Enjoy! Read Samantha’s story in The Picture Perfect Family, by Marguerite Elisofon, and comment below to …

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Recouping From the Holidays With Autism

So you have made it through one of the most stressful times in the year—the holidays, but it seems that your loved one with autism is taking a longer than usual time to get “back to normal.” The holidays are filled with social situations, shopping, unexpected surprises, family gatherings, and …

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The Torment of Time

There is an ever ticking clock banging inside of my skull, sitting behind me with its horrendous clicking, reminding me that I am running out of time. I struggle against the flow of time as if there was anything I could do to stop it in its tracks. Each feels …

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Navigating the Holidays with Autism: Part VI: Grocery Shopping Online

Many people and stores are now participating in the online shopping experience. Many chains even offer the ability to shop for groceries online. This can have many benefits for the person dealing with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, especially if they also have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). The ability to shop …

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Navigating the Holidays with Autism: Part V: Beyond Gift Shopping—Groceries

Family is coming over…expectations are high. This time of year places a tremendous amount of stress on everyone, and people with autism are no different. But beyond the stress of gift giving, and interacting with family that may or may not know or understand an autistic person’s struggles, is the …

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Navigating the Holidays with Autism: Part IV: Holiday Shopping Tips

You are navigating stores, people are pushing, looking for sales items, full parking lots, with a screaming ASD child in tow. Does this sound like your typical holiday shopping experience? If so, here are a few tips that may help you get through those crazy crowds and keep a small …

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