Category: Know the Rules

Autism coping skills

We’ve Got This Stuff Down!

Happy Halloween!!!  Or should I say: Happy Halloween??!  A day filled with trepidation for many-an-autism parent.  Why?  Just do the math!  Costumes + candy + games + parties = meltdowns!!!  Right?  WRONG.  Seriously.     Not...

Autism Obsession

Yeah… I’m Going There!

So here’s the thing.  When I told you about Kirsten’s clothes rules, I left out one not-so itty bitty detail.   One so challenging that it deserved a whole story to itself.  You ready for...

Autism Overload

Inner Battles

Kirsten has several things she LOVES.  It’s a fairly short list: skirts, pillow cases, earrings, Sharpies, and now shoes.  As with all-things-autism, everything has its rules.  Her #1 rule is you CAN have too many. ...

Autism Change

Change? What?!!

I’ve always taken Kirsten out. Yes, it was a struggle when she lived one-breath away from a meltdown. But I figured, how will she learn how to behave in public if I don’t take...

Autism Clothes Rules

Those Pants – Again?!

There weren’t always rules.  (Please excuse me while I ponder that… there weren’t always rules?!! ) Kirsten was 5 years old when they came into our lives.  The rules, that is.  And boy, did...

Autism seatbelt

Grandma’s Lucky

Kirsten has taught me a million lessons over the years.  None so precious, or so engrained, than learning not to care about what others think.  I learned it early and I learned it fast. You...

Autism Gifts

Gift Giving

It’s not that she never thinks of others.  Kirsten prints coloring pages for her little cousin, lets the cat in and out, constantly refreshes my drink, and even prepares my toothbrush nightly.  (Yes, I’m...

Know the Rules

Rules Start Here!

I suppose we all have them.  Rules, that is.  As a nation we vote on them (seatbelts required!), as a society we decide on them (no eating off strangers plates!), as a family we...