This year was supposed to be the year I wrote my book. Naturally my brain wouldn't let me and I accidentally started a craft business instead. Last year's April took a ton out of me, so many planned advocacy posts went unwritten. Instead, this year I'm raising funds for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network because... Continue Reading →
Autistic person in an autistic community group online: "Is it okay if I listen to the same song over and over? It makes me happy, but I don't know if it's okay to do it." This right here is why we need autism acceptance. Autistic kids and adults with their own instincts so overridden by... Continue Reading →
Elements, atoms, chemistry, and particle physics have been a main Special Interest around our house for....2 years now? Not really sure. But I've had enough people asking me what resources we use on my personal facebook that I'm tired of typing it over and over again. So I'm going to drop all the links here... Continue Reading →
Looking back on my original list, I feel like a lot of those reasons were based more on not having to deal with public school issues than why it's great on it's own. So I wanted to add to the list. Following Special Interests Did you know that all people, not just autistic people, learn... Continue Reading →
The other morning I had a conversation with 9 year old Early Bird. It included a relativity thought experiment, subjective time aging compared to non relativistic subjective time, Steven Hawkins' Time Traveler Party experiment, orbital mechanics, and correcting a common misconception about how escaping the atmosphere. I shared it on my personal facebook because I... Continue Reading →
Applied Behavioral Analysis (also known as ABA) has only a 50/50 chance of "working." And that number gives all of the credit to the "therapy" and none to the child's natural development, assuming that between the years of ages 3 and 6 the child would make no progress on their own. However, there is an... Continue Reading →
[Image of a black and white crowd with red "Test for Neurotypicallity" is intended to be a satire of doom and gloom posts about tests for autism.] I was scrolling through all my "Saved" links on Facebook when I was reminded of this link. It's a bit tongue-in-cheek, but it tests for "neruotypicality" (which I've... Continue Reading →
We did this last fall and we're doing it again this fall! Fall is my favorite time of year, and I try to bring it about as soon as possible indoors, even if the outside insists that it's still summer. I looked through my old posts and realized I totally forgot to blog about this... Continue Reading →
Today Early Bird asked me what it means when dogs yawn. I was surprised because I thought the answer was obvious. So I asked him what it means when he yawns to nudge him into the answer I thought was correct. Early Bird replied that it doesn't matter what it means when humans do it,... Continue Reading →
(This post was written with permission from Builder Boy. As he gets older, I am trying to be more aware of how blogging about him affects him, both now and in the future. He has veto and editorial power.) You know how the best parents are the people who don't have any kids? (Sarcasm) I... Continue Reading →
To help me infuse more emotion into my writing, I started searching around the internet for information on body language. But I also noticed some other things that I picked up on in my earlier searches: things that are natural for autistics are often listed as expressions of negative emotions.
A common objection to respecting a child's choices about food, aside from nutrition concerns, is cooking differently for one person, or having to cook an entirely separate meal on top of the one already being made for the rest of the family. Early Bird, on top of sensory issues due to SPD, also deals with... Continue Reading →
Going to the bathroom is boring. But there's a lot more than just that going on for autistics that make us avoid going until we absolutely have to.
I have shared before how I use screenshots of Lady Bug's preferred show at the time to encourage engagement and learning away from the screen. I have two Super Why examples that I'd like to share. There is a Super Why episode, season 3 episode 2, that is wonderful for early literacy. The episode is... Continue Reading →