6 Key Words That Will Help You Understand Your Child’s Behavior

I occasionally do a little freelance journalism.  Yes, that means one of my many hats is that of a reporter…perish the thought!

But there are some useful skills to be learned from this practice, not least of which is the classic “outline” for a story or situation: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How.

Goodness knows, parents – and teachers; and therapists; and siblings; and fill-in-the-blanks – of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have their fair share of detective work. Continue reading “6 Key Words That Will Help You Understand Your Child’s Behavior”

3 Ways Autistic Mindsets Can Help Your Business (If You Let Them)

With autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) on the rise, it’s safe to say the coming years will see greater numbers of the ASD population pouring into the workplace.

The idea of employing people on the spectrum is a cause of no small concern to some of their would-be bosses.  And members of the ASD community who are lucky enough to get hired are often let go.

I could spout off various ways employers can and should work with the professional difficulties of an autism spectrum diagnosis.  But any employer reading this post may well ask: “Why is it worth my while to do so?” Continue reading “3 Ways Autistic Mindsets Can Help Your Business (If You Let Them)”

What the impudent preschooler was really thinking…

“Is she talking to me?” the child asks himself.

“I am getting eye contact,” he continues.  “But no, she must be talking to the kid to my left.  For all I know, she might even be looking through me to the kid behind me.  But she can’t seriously be calling on me again…can she?”

This is roughly what would have gone through my mind if I was capable of reasoning through a situation at five years old.

What situation, you ask?  Let me tell you about it… Continue reading “What the impudent preschooler was really thinking…”

My Asperger Story — Part 1/4

Yes, this is me.  I am 32 years old, and consider myself very lucky to have the better part of my hairline still intact.  Some acquaintances close to me in age have fared less well. (Is that my Aspie imprudence coming out?  Sorry, I’ll shut up now.)

Anyway, here’s my story: Continue reading “My Asperger Story — Part 1/4”