Autism and Small Town America I found this article interesting since I’ve now been to Iowa, plus I wrote an autism-related screenplay about how to raise a child on the autism spectrum when you don’t live near a metropolitan area (which was not our experience). This is an easy read and very informative… Check it out…   http://www.autismsupportnetwork.com/news/autism-small-town-america-378223   Autism and Small Town America   More on Kimberly Kaplan: To purchase "Two Years Autism Blogs Featured on ModernMom.com" or "A … [Read more...]

Autism and Dating Has my son been interested in dating? Not yet. Not too long ago, I asked him if he was interested in anyone. He said, “No, for the most part.” I asked him to explain that last bit. He said that he had an interest in a girl for a “really little bit,” but didn’t act on it. He decided he wasn’t really all that interested. So, that was that. Any other experiences? One experience is that he does “like” a girl. I don’t think it’s gone past that, and I have no idea how she feels about my son. I have asked him about her and … [Read more...]

Autism and Sleep Issues I stumbled upon an autism-related article that discussed sleep issues among children with autism. Got me thinking about my son and sleep. What’s it like for us? As far as I’m concerned, even though my son has autism, he’s been a pretty good sleeper for most of his life. Not that we haven’t experienced a night or two, but at sixteen, he’s pretty much figure it out. First off, as a baby, he started sleeping through the night at four months old. Wow, was I relieved. So, my son didn’t have those early sleep issues that … [Read more...]

Autism’s Sneaky Trick (This post is not Halloween-themed) I sometimes get lulled into a sense of “normalness” with regards to my son. I forget. My son is very high functioning (yes, I’m using this term here). Now at age sixteen and a junior in high school, I’ve noticed myself beginning to take things for granted. “Can you feed the dog?” He does it. “Is your school bag packed?” Yep. He did it already. “Can you go to my car and get XXXX?” No problem.  “Can you get the mail for me when you’re done Razoring (on your scooter)?” He does this, … [Read more...]

Autism and the Game of Objectifying People My son was very excited for our month long vacation to the Mid-West and East Coast this past summer. He had several reasons: baseball games, train museums, visiting relatives and friends, going to his favorite place (Bromley Mountain in Vermont), and attending Super Smash Con in Virginia. My husband was with us for the first ten days, then it was my son and I for the rest of the trip. We put in a LOT of miles on our rental and stayed in a LOT of hotels (yet, also got great accommodations from family … [Read more...]

Autism verses Neurotypical Embarrassment I read an article recently (see below) from an autistic adult who wrote about how neurodiverse people learn neurotypical social skills…and should they? How much do they need to know? Where’s the point when the neurodiverse gets to be the neurodiverse? Is it always appropriate that neurodiverse people (for this blog I discuss people with autism) learn each and every neurotypical social skill out there? And, always behave “properly?” How does this involve me? Just today I was reminded about this very … [Read more...]

Autism and the Scam We were on vacation and there was a tiny incident. Not even an incident. Yet it could have been. What was it? My husband, son, and I were walking to the St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium in St. Louis. We had parked our rental about five blocks away from the stadium, checked out the famous Arch, and then headed to the ballpark. As we were walking, we had to walk around a building that was under construction. The city had constructed a “lane” for pedestrians that were heading to the ballpark. It was a rather narrow lane, … [Read more...]