Autistic Advocacy in the Schools: An Update

Before I launch into this blog update I’d just like to say that I know how lucky I am to live where I do. We are in an area that has huge support from the schools for their students. Our taxes are high, but they support some amazing parks, and more importantly, they give the… Continue reading Autistic Advocacy in the Schools: An Update

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

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

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