Thanksgiving, generally advertised as an opportunity to practice gratitude, spend time with your extended family, maybe eat a bit too much, and then hit the stores for Black Friday.  All your personal values rolled into one long weekend.  Sounds perfect in every way, unless you view this as a sensory torture fest. Thanksgiving: a sensory […]

Always on a quest for new books to help me understand my clients, I recently went hunting for new resources.   Sometimes “new” is a few years old, but “new to me” counts! In this case, I discovered the 2014 book Apertools: The Practical Guide for understanding and Embracing Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Neurodiversity by […]

Years ago, a client suggested that I read John Elder Robison’s book Look Me in the Eye. Years later, I am now getting around to reading the more recent Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian by Robison.  If you have somehow not yet read these books, please begin! Robison continues to amaze me with […]

“So, should we get an evaluation, then?” is a popular question in my office.  For some people, getting a formal, comprehensive evaluation is an important aspect of feeling secure on the autism spectrum.  An evaluation includes looking under every rock, getting all the data, and making a formal pronouncement of diagnoses.  Alternately, for some people, […]

Colorado’s Autism Society recently sent along some information regarding their services.  Below is a sampling of their offering: Opening Doors Program: partners with local and national businesses to provide comfortable places to dine, shop, and enjoy the community. Specific training designed to help employers as they employ individuals with disabilities. Autism 101: a training for […]

I’m not a fan of celebrities; I don’t really think they are “just like the rest of us.”  Shonda Schilling’s book might actually change my mind.  Ends up Shonda and Curt Schilling (Major league pitcher, now retired?) are raising 4 children, and various combinations of these children have ADHD, Anorexia Nervosa, and Asperger’s/Anxiety.  And she […]

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 […]

Movie time!  Kids like movies, but sometimes people with sensory difficulties struggle with the traditional movie scene.  The movies are so LOUD!  The theaters are so DARK!  And you are supposed to be quiet.  What is a family with Autism to do? Living in Fort Collins, we are lucky to have AMC.  AMC has partnered […]