Autism Makes Me Laugh

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 Skills

23 Top Life Skills

While sorting papers from years ago.  15 to be exact.  I came across an interesting list.  Written when I realized Kirsten’s life was taking a different trajectory.  All those things I’d taken for granted...

Autism Repeating

Repeat… Repeat… Re

Warning: This post contains a large amount of repeating. Anyone still clinging to their sanity STOP reading now and move on.  All others prepare for a been there, done that moment…  Let me preface...

Autism Transitions

Transitions

Transitions. I don’t even need to say more, do I?  You know exactly what I mean.  They are TOUGH.  Some more than others. We had a particularly rough one this summer. Switching programs.  Aged out of her...

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 Ingenious

Oooh, the Ingenuity!!!

I hide my scissors.  Learned the hard way.  Yep. Kirsten has an unfortunate history.  When upset, she uses them to cut up her favorite things.  We have lost blankets, skirts, books, and even heads...

Autism Creative

Just Ask!!!

Kirsten loves skirts. Let me try that again.  Kirsten loooooves skirts!  She searches them out online, at the store, on other people.  Nobody can walk by in a skirt without Kirsten taking notice.  And,...

Autism Public

Public Perceptions

The public often gets it wrong. Especially in the early years.  A meltdown is frequently misinterpreted as a spoiled child.  Yeah… we’ve all been there…  It can work against you.  Make your already difficult...

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...