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 The Driving Age My son is almost sixteen. In California, a teenager who turns fifteen and a half can, technically, get a learners permit to drive a car. What about my son? He doesn’t have his learners permit. Not yet. What’s the plan? My husband and I discussed our plan for when our son could attempt to obtain a learners permit and eventually learn how to drive. We are not against it. We feel he could someday drive a car. Our plan is for our son to wait. We told him that he could attempt to get his drivers permit the summer … [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 Neighbors You could say that this blog is a follow up to my previous blog, “Autism and Too Much Stuff.” Both of those blogs are similar because of two separate yet related articles (both with similar themes) that inspired me to write. The first blog was inspired about an article about a family with a bunch of play structures in their yard. The family received a letter from “neighbors” complaining that they had too many play structures. Apparently, the neighbors didn’t know (or didn’t ask) WHY the family had the play structures … [Read more...]

A Sad Story in our Autism Community I’m purposely going to keep this blog short, because this is not one that makes me feel warm and fuzzy. If anything, it makes me sad, and a little terrified. I’m blogging about suicide. One that affected our local autism community. What happened? In the spring, a seventeen-year-old with high functioning autism committed suicide on April 2, Autism Awareness Day by jumping from a parking structure at a Glendale, California mall. We didn’t know this young man, but friends of ours did. I remember hearing … [Read more...]