Defend Your Tokens, Even When You’re Feeling Fine

November 2, 2013
Tips

Tokens, or spoons, are a metaphor for the finite mental resources that a spectrumite has to deal with the day’s challenges. Run out of tokens, and you hit meltdown or shutdown. Adults on the spectrum are often able to roughly gauge when they’re getting low on tokens and need to avoid any more challenges. Through experience, we recognize that fragile, feverish feeling that warns us we’re approaching our limit. We …Read the Rest

Watching Friends Grow Up Faster Than You

Watching Friends Grow Up Faster Than You
October 28, 2013
Anecdotes

Pervasive Developmental Delay. Psychiatrists will tell you that it means delayed development in a broad range of skills and aptitudes. …Read the Rest

The Dangers of a Moment of Silence

The Dangers of a Moment of Silence
September 30, 2013
Anecdotes

Trigger Warning: Assualt, Sexual Assault, Rape About 98% of the time, I’m able to speak. That’s close enough to 100% …Read the Rest

7 Kinds of Silence

7 Kinds of Silence
July 20, 2013
Anecdotes

I don’t know if this is an official term just yet, but I’m what you might call semi-verbal. I can …Read the Rest

Failing to get off the bus

Failing to get off the bus
July 17, 2013
Anecdotes

, A little alarmed about something that happened a while back or about what it might imply in the future. …Read the Rest

The Pain of Boredom

The Pain of Boredom
July 16, 2013
Anecdotes

Imagine your nervous system is inflamed. Every inch of nerve fiber in your arms, your legs, your head, feels hot …Read the Rest

A Real Life Update

A Real Life Update
July 13, 2013
Anecdotes

A real life update It’s been a long time since I’ve been making regular updates. It’s been half a year …Read the Rest

5 Reasons We Keep Our Eyes Down, That Aren’t About Self-Esteem

5 Reasons We Keep Our Eyes Down, That Aren’t About Self-Esteem
April 10, 2013
Anecdotes

“Keep your eyes up, watch where you’re going.”  “You’ve got nothing to be ashamed of, lift your head up.”  “Look …Read the Rest

Transit Anxiety, and How I Overcome It

Transit Anxiety, and How I Overcome It
April 7, 2013
Anecdotes

Seattle has a great transit system. It has good coverage, reasonable prices, and runs more or less on time; it …Read the Rest