Life Lessons

How an ASD person deals with stress and trauma

The impact of stress and trauma on typical kids (and adults) is significant. In kids on the spectrum, kids with anxiety, depression, mental illness and other challenges, stress and trauma can present in even more profound ways.If you are seeingacademic strugglesemotional outburstsregression (my 17 yo kid has returned to watching cartoons from her toddler years)lack …

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Blue Lights are fine but how about this instead?

Blue lights are fine. Understanding that many autistic people “mask” (pretend to be neurotypical) for YOUR comfort is more important. Masking is exhausting and stressful and can be painful. Blue lights are fine. Respecting the wishes of an autistic person who does not wish to be touched is better. Blue lights are fine. Understanding that …

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Personhood

Annie is really, really cute. And cuddly. She loves Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Pokemon, and she sleeps with about two million stuffed animals. Her innocence is charming. Everything about her sweet and unjaded way of looking at the world fills me with joy. Her bubble is a lovely place to live. Sadly, the bubble also …

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Letting them fail

This post isn’t about a particular skill I’m teaching Annie, so much as it is a skill I have learned myself, and am applying to our transition practice. In my previous job, I sponsored Parenting with Love and Logic three times. I attended every class all three times. At seven sessions per course, three hours …

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