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Life requires balance, in a variety of ways.  We need to balance work and play, what we eat, what we do with our free time, how we socialize, and so forth. In what ways are your life in balance, or maybe needing a tune up? Ponder for a moment what balance feels like to you.  […]

Still thinking about moving out and spreading your adult wings?  Great! Part of adulthood is knowing what you want/need, and then figuring out how to go about getting those things. Self-knowledge and asking for what you need is called self-advocacy.  Your parents advocated for you when you were younger, but now it is your turn.  […]

Freedom! You are ready to move out! You can watch tv whenever you want, eat what you want, sleep in!  Yes! Also, you get to pay bills, get yourself to school or work on time, and figure out a schedule that works for you.  Learning the skills you need in adulthood probably starts earlier than […]

The beginning of every semester is a time for excitement and optimism.  “This will be my best semester, ever!”  There are new pens, new backpacks, and fresh faces to meet. The first week of school is generally awesome. Now that we are a few weeks into the semester, this is a great time to check […]

When I was in grad school there were two books about Asperger’s.  I owned them both.  I still own them, as a reminder of how far we have come (and with the hope that we keep moving forward).  Now, I look for books about adults (remember when only kids could have Asperger’s?!), preferably written by […]

Multiple people have sent me to the following links with the hope that I will share them.  Let the sharing begin! On the Spectrum, on the Screen by 1a – NPR.  Eric Deggans, Joanne Lara, Kristen Lutynski, and Dana Visalli-Gold discuss the representation of folks on the spectrum as depicted in current media. Clips from […]

The rates of unemployment and underemployment for adults on the Autism Spectrum are staggeringly high.  It is estimated that 80-85% of all people on the spectrum are un- or underemployed, and 50% of individuals at the higher functioning end of the spectrum are un- or underemployed.  Ouch.  For my clients – 50%!  Can that possibly […]

As always, parents have the best suggestions.  A parenting team just suggested The Loving Push by Temple Grandin and Debra Moore, and they were right to suggest that I read this book.  This book will now be required reading for all parents with a child on the spectrum.  (Yes, this is now a rule.  Read […]

We are running a fun summer group for high school students, renewing my interest in tracking down resources for teens on the spectrum.  A book that has been highly recommended is Asperger’s Teens by Blythe Grossberg.  This very approachable book uses personal quizzes, is very positive, and appears to lead the way toward skill development […]

We are moving on August 17. If your appointment is prior to August 17, be mentally prepared: the office looks a bit different. You will be just fine!  Breathe!  You got this: still just us having a conversation, sorting out life’s problems.  The furniture doesn’t matter!   If your appointment is after August 17, please […]