Personal Perspective

Autism Arguments

Be Unapologetically You

A few months ago, I wrote "What It Means to be Different".  I have been thanked multiple times for my honesty. If you haven't read it and want the CliffNotes version - despite the...

Discover Calm: Build a Self-Regulation Tool Box

In my article, What in the World is Self-Regulation? Self-Regulation and Me!, I talked about self-regulation. This month I would like to provide more strategies for self-regulation, because I feel that it is a...
working with children

5 Reasons Working with Special Needs Kids Rocks!

You will never forget the experience of working with special needs kids. I have spent many afternoons volunteering with visually impaired children and I have worked 6 years as an autism paraprofessional in the...
iPad as a Tool

Oh, The Things You Can Do with an iPad

I remember when iPads first came out. My dad was the first one in my family to get one. I didn't want one; I felt like it was silly because I had an iPod Touch...

Students Living and Coping With Sensory Differences

As an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, I experience sensory differences. These sensory differences can and often do impact my day-to-day life. One important thing to remember is that I have always had...

Managing Sensory Overload: An Insider’s Perspective

Sensory differences are often very common in individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), as well as other special needs. Everyday events can be considered completely overstimulating. As a young adult with ASD, I get...

Activities to Keep Your Child Busy and Pass the Time During a Natural Disaster

A natural disaster can affect many individuals and leave them without power, and possibly having to evacuate their homes. A disaster is hard for anyone, especially children, and it is even harder if you...

Teens with Autism Finding Mentors Within Their Own Community

When on the spectrum, connecting with others with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be incredibly supportive.  The support stems from the simple fact that we understand each other and can offer unconditional acceptance. ...
siblings

Tips for Siblings of a Child with Isms

Being a sibling to someone with Special-Ism's can be a challenge at times. I have Autism, and have a sister. I am sure being my sister is not always an easy task. But my...

Special Needs and Ignorance: Please Get To Know Me, Before You Judge Me!

As an individual who has autism, I have unfortunately came in contact with quite a few ignorant people throughout my life. People who judge me before they get to know me. People who tease...