‘Special interest’ vs obsession 

The diagnostic criteria for Asperger’s/autism includes the tendency toward: “Highly restricted, fixated interests that are abnormal in intensity or focus … More

Asperger’s / autism, socializing, and respect

(Beginning Note: This post was inspired by Rhi’s beautiful synopsis of the recent National Autistic Society (NAS) conference in the … More

The importance of self-care for people on the Asperger’s / autism spectrum ~ Part 1: Self-care and its deterrents

Self-care is a human need that gets overlooked and forgotten.  I would venture to say that it’s a basic need, … More

Everybody else is doing it, so why can’t I?

Some days are bright and sunny in my brain.  On those days, I feel almost invincible.  Whatever I touch turns … More

Asperger’s / autistic characteristics are a double-edged sword

Is it possible for a “gift” or advantage to also be a disadvantage or disability?  Can one trait fit both … More

My autistic personality is not a disease, and my characteristics are not “symptoms”

I might prefer to be quiet and observant.  That doesn’t mean that I’m defective or weird.  It might mean that … More

Depathologizing Asperger’s / autism ~ In a way, neurotypical people might meet the criteria, too

Hang on – don’t (understandably) snarl just yet; keep reading. 🙂  This is not yet another ignorant “everybody’s somewhere on … More

An evening with a mother of a child suspected to be autistic

I’m still in Winter Wonderland, 1035 aeronautical miles from my home.  Despite my previous misgivings, it has actually been a … More

The mind, dilated

Throughout my life, I’ve noticed alternating periods of cognitive dilation and contraction, that follow a random waxing and waning cycle.  … More

Three glances

Phrases like “at first glance” are fairly embedded into our lexicon.  How often you hear that may vary depending on … More