How to Choose a Planner for 2019! (Aspie, SPD focus)

Are you in the process of looking for the “right” planner for next year? Are you unsure which type is best for you? Or not even sure where to start? In this post we’ll go over a few planners I’m using and talk about pros and cons of each. And, of course, we’ll talk with Asperger’s in mind, but this …

Baseball, Autism, and Cam’s Clubhouse: A Revolutionary Turn in Family Friendly Sporting Events

Our family has been living life on the Autism Spectrum for around two decades now. During this time much of the landscape has changed. “Awareness” and “acceptance” have become buzzwords, while what so many of us prefer is understanding for who we are and how we process this thing we all call life. Autism is not a trend; it’s part …

Keep the Change

If there is one constant I see in my Twitter feed it’s frustration with the lack of actually autistic actors on the screen. It seems almost all autistic characters are portrayed by actors who are neurotypicals (people who do not have autism). In fact, there is a hashtag in the cyberverse (#ActuallyAutistic) that underscores the lack of autistic voices tapped …

Part 3: Packing and Embarkation Day! Going on a Disney Cruise with Asperger’s

Ready, Set, Pack! Now that tickets are purchased, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll need to pack for your upcoming Disney Cruise! K and I are so excited for you! Since the Disney Cruise Line offers so many options when it comes to cruises (locations, length and times of year), it’s impossible to address every iteration for what …

Asperger’s and the Coming Flood

Recently my husband and I attended a viewing of “Keep the Change,” a film featuring actually autistic adult actors. After the credits several adults formed a panel, opening the floor to discussion of adults on the Autism Spectrum. One of the panelists, Nancy Popkin, the mother of a son with autism, advocate and employee of the Autism Society of NC, …

Part 2: Booking a Disney Cruise, plus understanding the true costs

Cruising Basics If you are considering booking a Disney Cruise with Asperger’s in the house you have additional things to consider aside from general planning. Even so, there are planning basics we all need to cover. In this post we are going to talk about making reservations, costs (yes, we’ll talk finances!), and other general booking considerations. Some will be …

Part 1: A mother-daughter Disney cruise: the back story

The Background Over a year ago, my daughter had a big ask. She wanted to do a mother-daughter vacation and wasn’t going to take “maybe” as an answer. Anyone familiar with our family knows the word “vacation” oft resides in a fantasy world. Raising a child on the Autism Spectrum means many things, including a shift in priorities with finances …

New Aspie parent? Feeling overwhelmed? You’re not alone.

Your child was diagnosed with Asperger’s? She’s on the Autism Spectrum? And you’re feeling overwhelmed? You’ve got this – even if it feels like the world is slipping through your fingers. How can I dare say “you’ve got this” with confidence? Because I’ve been there – and I’m still there. Who am I? Who is our family? I’m glad you …

Gift Giving and Asperger’s

Every Christmas, my daughter sets up a spreadsheet. She knows what she wants and goes to the trouble of categorizing gift ideas. My family has always been about getting lists together for each other, so this isn’t unusual for us, at all. In fact, it’s helpful. If you’ve read “Asperger’s in Pink,” you are already familiar with how my Aspie …