• Understanding Autism from the Inside

    “Academics came easily to me. The rest of life—not so much.”
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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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The #Autistic College Student and Executive Dysfunction

An except from Twirling Naked in the Streets and No-One Noticed… My first semester at John Jay College of Criminal Justice went as smoothly as I could expect. I had no problems with the academics and had straight A’s across the board—easy peasy. But what I did not have was any …

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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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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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