I hear raising teens is hard. I hear raising an Aspie teen can be harder. Ann Boushéy, author of Talking Teenagers: Information and Inspiration for Parents of Teenagers with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, carefully navigates the parenting struggles of raising a teen on the Spectrum. She shares her experience of checking in with experts (e.g., […]

People with Anxiety worry. A lot. My clients are experts in worry, as they spend many hours a day worrying about things that have happened, might happen, or might never happen. They often feel powerless to change their worrying ways, try to map out multiple outcomes, and attempt to control the uncontrollable via worry. Anxiety […]

Much has been written about the experience of raising children on the Autism Spectrum, but less has been written about living on the spectrum as an adult, and very, very little has been written about being married to an Aspie. Kathy Marshack’s book Living with a Partner or Spouse with Asperger Syndrome: Going over the […]

While the vast majority of individuals diagnosed with Asperger’s appear to be male, there certainly are females with Asperger’s, and these gals are often misunderstood. I have heard well-educated people say things like, “Well, she can’t have Asperger’s because she is a girl.” This was clearly the experience of Julie and Andrew Clark, raising their […]

Raising your resilient child As always, I continue to seek strengths focused books to help my clients living on the Autism Spectrum. This week’s highlight is Raising Resilient Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for helping them maximize their strengths, cope with adversity, and develop a social mindset by Robert Brooks, PhD and Sam Goldstein, […]

Anxiety. Even the word makes me cringe a little. Anxiety is that voice in your head that tells you It Is as bad as you feared, maybe even worse. It is the signals your body sends: the increased heart rate, the difficulty breathing, the tense muscles, the stomachaches (and then your mind adding some tidbits […]

Rewarding yourself When establishing new habits, it is easy to stay motivated at first, and then life gets in the way. Someone gets sick, you don’t sleep well, there is an extra project at work, or maybe the weather changes (sunny, snowy, windy, doesn’t really matter, does it?!). It doesn’t take much to derail a […]

Autism in Love, a Documentary by Matt Fuller   This amazing documentary outlines the romantic lives of 4 adults living on the Autism Spectrum. An honest portrayal of love, life, and living on the Spectrum, this documentary highlights the successes and struggles of being in love, complete with a range of emotion (confusion, sadness, and […]

Planning a party for a child or teen on the Autism Spectrum?  Fear not! While wandering the stacks of the public library, I happened upon the book Party Planning for Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum: How to avoid meltdowns and have fun! By Kate E Reynolds. Honestly, I don’t know why this book […]

Helping Children Learn about Autism I field many questions about teaching children about Autism. Sometimes the request is “please teach my child about his/her own Autism” and sometimes it is “teach my child about his/her sibling’s Autism.” Given the rates of Autism in our community, it is very likely that your child will meet someone […]