Personal Perspective

Fashion Sensory Style

Comfortably Fashion Forward

I can’t believe it’s nearly halfway through the semester: midterms are over, the weather is getting cooler, and the holiday season is right around the corner! The changes in weather and upcoming holidays lead up...
Freshman Survival Guide for College Students with Autism

Transitioning to Adulthood: Prepping for College

Hi everyone!! I hope you have been enjoying your summer so far! First off to start: I have some super great news for you all! My new book, "A Freshman Survival Guide for College...

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...
behavior

Autism is a Reason for Behaviors, Not an Excuse

Autism, while it is so much a part of me, it can also make some things harder. The same may be true for the children and adults that you work with who have various...

My Personal Experience on Being Rigid with Routines and Rituals

If you work with or care for a loved one with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I am sure you know that individuals with ASD are known to be somewhat rigid in their routines.  As...
Self Advocacy is Hard

Self-Advocacy: Like Speaking a Foreign Language

“Use your words” and “Ask, and you will receive” are phrases I heard a lot during my childhood. Back when I was younger, I thought this meant to stop being so shy and well,...
in his shoes

“In His Shoes” by Joanna L. Keating-Velasco

I must start off by saying that In His Shoes, A Short Journey Through Autism is an INCREDIBLE book!!! The author, Joanna L. Keating-Velasco, does such a great job of including all of the many...

What Does it Mean to be “Different”?

Many of you probably know that I am an openly high-functioning autistic college student, and I am very proud of identifying with this. I am open because I want to make a difference and...

Prevent Holiday Meltdowns for You and Your Child

Holiday gatherings have led to some of the most humungous meltdowns we’ve experienced with my youngest son Jake, who is diagnosed on the severe end of the autism spectrum.  I can’t say I haven’t...

My Personal View and Tips on Transitions

Transitions can be tough for everyone, but they can be especially challenging for people with special needs. Whether the transition is from one activity to another or a break in normal routine, both can...