IEP Meetings – How They Should All Be

I pull up to my 6-year-old’s new school. He’ll be starting kindergarten and I called an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting for him. Backing the truck into a spot I feel my anxiety go into overdrive. I’ve been rehearsing in my head what to say, what I think he’ll need, how to accommodate and make… Continue reading IEP Meetings – How They Should All Be

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Friendships & Being Actually Autistic

Like many common misconceptions about being autistic, friendship seems to be one that comes up a lot. When my son first went for his diagnosis the therapist pointed out that he seems great socially, makes eye contact, and can carry on conversations that are age appropriate, even though he filled in a lot of his… Continue reading Friendships & Being Actually Autistic

Explaining the Under Explained – Anxiety

I had recently posted a blog update about depression and trying to explain it to people that have never experienced it. Anxiety is a tougher one to try to explain to people and help them understand exactly what happens when your system begins to go into anxiety attacks and you develop an actual anxiety disorder… Continue reading Explaining the Under Explained – Anxiety

Explaining the Under Explained – Depression

Spring finally burst into blossom and floating allergens in Nebraska this week. My first spring in Nebraska made me realize just how full of color the world becomes during this time of year. Being a Colorado native I always enjoyed Spring. The elevation and general dryness of Colorado with the sudden colors pushing out of… Continue reading Explaining the Under Explained – Depression

Labels, Acceptance, & Neurodiversity

As we come up on April 2, which is National Autism Awareness Day, I thought I’d write a post about my experience with this day and what it means to me now. Why my label of being actually autistic is important. There are lots of posts out there about this day and many people’s experience… Continue reading Labels, Acceptance, & Neurodiversity

Level Up Yoshi!

I mentioned in my last blog post that I'm looking into training Yoshi as a full service dog so I can feel like I can be out in public with more ease with my anxiety disorder. It hurts my heart to say that we just don't have the funds to be able to pay for… Continue reading Level Up Yoshi!

Mental Illness – An Update, The Stigma, and The Truth

A few weeks ago I talked about my recent mental break and history of anxiety. So here’s a little update: I have a good team to help me. I already had a great therapist, my husband is the best person I could imagine going through all this with, and I found a wonderful new APRN… Continue reading Mental Illness – An Update, The Stigma, and The Truth

Depression, Anxiety, & Psych Wards

It’s Super Bowl Sunday and I’m having what’s arguably the most fun at a Super Bowl party in years. The screen is tiny. The walls are bare. The seats are hard plastic with wide bottoms and no real legs. There are three card tables squeezed together to form a long dining table area and all… Continue reading Depression, Anxiety, & Psych Wards

Processing Metaphor

I just posted an entry about autistic processing and what I believe makes autistics just different enough to get that label but makes neurology such a vast and diverse thing. You can read the long entry in its entirety here. I know not everyone will actually take the time to read that massive entry, though.… Continue reading Processing Metaphor

Autistic Processing

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what makes a person autistic. At the core, what makes an autistic person just different enough to get that label. What makes me autistic but my friend simply introverted or quirky? What makes me autistic but able to successfully have a family, drive a car, have a successful… Continue reading Autistic Processing