• Understanding Autism from the Inside

    “Academics came easily to me. The rest of life—not so much.”
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Love or Obsession: When a Person Becomes an #Aspie’s Special Interest

An except from Twirling Naked in the Streets and No-One Noticed… According to the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), having an “encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity or focus” is a core symptom of AS. I’ve had many special …

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The Flying Christmas Fork

An except from Twirling Naked in the Streets and No-One Noticed… My father finally grew tired of my embarrassing behavior. Every time he took me somewhere I refused to eat unless I smelled it first, which didn’t guarantee I would eat it, and I sure was not going to try …

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School was a Minefield

An except from Twirling Naked in the Streets and No-One Noticed… “She was the last one in school, and the last one out. She made the whole class wait for her every day.” ~ Mom I was late every day because my alien leaders, the ones that dropped me off …

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The Princess, Her Socks, and Her Late Pass

An except from Twirling Naked in the Streets and No-One Noticed… “You tried on ten pairs of socks every morning before deciding which pair you would wear” ~ Mom I hate socks. I hate the way they feel on my feet, the way they bunch up in my shoes, and …

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They Missed It; They Missed Me

An except from Twirling Naked in the Streets and No-One Noticed… An Introduction: They Missed It; They Missed Me      I am a survivor; an autism survivor. I have been torn down, pulled to pieces, and have had my heart ripped from my chest slammed on the floor and stomped …

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I Get on My Own Nerves When I Cannot Express How I Feel, or Why

I had a plan. I was going to get up, get something accomplished, do some writing, work on a paper that is due this weekend, shower, dress, and head to the bookstore just to get the heck out of the house for a little while. One hour later, I am staring …

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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 …

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Tantrum Tot and Preschool

Last week the Tot started preschool/daycare on a part-time basis. I was excited and nervous. Excited for Mom to get some time to get at least a wee bit of work done, and nervous because I had no idea how he would react. I was terrified that he was going …

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It’s Official, the Tot is a runner!

I think I have finally come to the place where I can’t take the Tantrum Tot (2) out in public alone, at least not for a while.  I am getting tired very quickly with this latest pregnancy and am having trouble holding him while trying to get anything else accomplished. …

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Aspie Exhaustion from Driving?

Many times I become completed exhausted to the point that I am dizzy and nauseous after just a few “regular” errands or tasks. It does not take a long time for my get up and go to get up and leave without me leaving so tired I could put my …

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