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Why are we still wearing masks?

Does anyone remember why I began writing?  Do I? I began writing to connect with people in a real and honest way, and to find those who were like myself (although I didn’t know it at the time).  First, I wrote for me.  I wrote about what I was learning …

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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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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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Celebrities With Asperger’s Syndrome

Many parents are dismayed when they receive the news—their child has an autism spectrum disorder. Take heart, many famous and successful people have navigated the world despite, or maybe successful because of their Autism. In recent years some noted celebrities have shared their own autism diagnoses with the public. Tim …

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Idioms and Autism Spectrum Disorders / Asperger’s Syndrome

Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) such as Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), continually struggle over what they perceive as utterly pointless turns of phrase. Idioms are a minefield for these very literally-minded learners. Often children with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) respond to idiomatic expressions in a way that is perceived as “sassy”; …

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The Literal-Minded ASD Child; Taking What You Say Literally

Being mindful of the words you use when speaking to your ASD child can be exhausting, but so can the meltdown that follows misinterpretations. Understanding how their highly literal minds process the words is crucial. Why Do ASD Children Misinterpret Language? The “normal”, “neuro-typical” child without an autism spectrum disorder …

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Remembering in Pictures: Visual Recall

Many of us on the autism spectrum have difficulty with short-term memory, but excellent long-term memory.  I have an extremely vivid memory of pieces of my childhood, before I could speak, before I should be able to remember. Memories of crying in my crib at night with my parents asleep …

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Do Autistic People Feel Empathy: The Literal Interpretation

Autistic people tend not to show emotions the way “normal” or “neuro-typical” people do. This leads to the idea they lack empathy, the ability to empathize, to feel empathetic, and in the extreme lack of feelings altogether. This simply is not true; they just do not tend to share their …

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Tangible Accomplishments Equal Calm

Many times when I’m on the brink of a meltdown, tangible accomplishments can restore my sense of peace. I know this, so I had a plan. What do I mean by tangible accomplishments? Something that at the end of my day, I can see with my eyes. This for me, …

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#My Writing Process Blog Hop: Autism and Writing do Mix!

This is my first blog hop! You may be thinking now, what is a blog hop, and why in the world should I continue reading…after all I visit this blog to read about your adventures with autism. A blog hop is simply a group of bloggers who get together and …

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