Category Archives: Autism

50 important facts about having “mild” Autism and Asperger Syndrome

If you’re on the autism spectrum too, you get to choose whether to use the word “mild”, and nobody else. And if you’re not on the autism spectrum, please stop trying to dictate what I can and can’t call myself. Even though I’ve stopped using the word “mild” since writing this, it was me who got to make that decision. That’s how autism… Read More »

Eight things siblings of children with special needs struggle with

Having a sibling with special needs is a reality many children are born into, including my three typically developing children.  Of all the things my children experience that I never did, their experience of growing up with a sister with significant disabilities is something I struggle to understand, even as I watch it unfold daily.… Read More »

10 Autism Help Strategies

1) Visual Schedules Research clearly shows the successful results of implementing visual schedules with children. These schedules allow daily routines to be predictable, with clear expectations. Fear of the unknown causes anxiety. Children with autism or other special needs have a difficult time communicating their feelings of anxiety. Frequently this anxiety is demonstrated in negative… Read More »

If you could teach people one thing about autism, what would it be?

Last month I ran an autism survey, inviting anyone associated with autism to fill out: whether they were autistic, cared for someone with autism, or cared about someone with autism. It unexpectedly got 477 responses.   I’m still going through the data, and it’s both arduous and eye-opening. But by far the most interesting part… Read More »

Teaching Safety Skills To Children With Autism

Teaching safety skills to children with autism is imperative in our rapidly changing unsafe world. Most children have this inate sense of danget that keeps them relatively safe.  Our children with autism lack any sense of danger which inherently puts them in more danger than the average child.  As with most skills , you have… Read More »