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Alexithymia COVID19 Well-being

COVID19 & Alexithymia

In this time of COVID-19, shutdowns and heightened anxiety, I want to share how being unable to name my emotions has affected me this week, and what I have in place to manage when this happens. If this is my experience, I am certain that at least sme other Autisitc people are feeling something similar. […]

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Autism Observations

Autistic Enough.

Every now and again I get that feeling that I’m not autistic “enough”. So here’s an experience that put that little thought in its place. We had a very emotional Art Therapy Group last week. At the end of every session, the therapist checks in with each member to see how we are, and if […]

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Autism Childhood Parenting

Feeling Sick

It can be tempting to say that I am more autistic than usual when I am sick. That’s not true, of course, because I’m as autistic as I’ve always been. It’s just that suddenly, I’m running on one engine and I become hyper-sensitive to all the messages my mind and body receive, every waking moment. […]

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Pinky

Have you had a close look at the profile picture I use, Dear Reader? There’s an awful lot of meaning packed into that graphic.

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Autism Childhood Observations Uncategorized

Communication: when special interests and obligations meet

To be honest, most of the time I feel like I am speaking a different language; constantly calculating whether I have decoded an interaction correctly, gauging whether I have been understood completely; and then mentally re-hashing conversations to see where improvement is required.

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Education/schooling Parenting

New Starts

Here in Victoria, Term Two is just finishing. It’s deepest winter, but we have just passed the Equinox and I am just hanging out for those extra minutes a day to accrue enough to make a Spring. In our house, there’s a few new beginnings piling up. The Firstborn had a try-out for a new […]

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Alone on Saturday Afternoon

And I knew it was time for me to stop talking.  I turned when the lights let me, pulled into the nearest parking spot and said, “this time, you must use your words”.

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Autistic Pride Day 2017

I AM proud to be autistic. Due to heredity, genetically, I could never have been anything other than autistic.

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An Artist’s Eye

 The other night the whole family went out to an exhibition, Van Gogh and the Seasons. Yes, that’s right, the WHOLE family. The Husband and I and the three teens. I can’t remember the last time we managed that. It was…beautiful. Moving. My goodness, how moving. By the end, I was in tears. I wanted […]

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Ostriches

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COVID19 Education/schooling

Making the most of adversity

Many parents are commenting on how their Autistic children are responding to being shut in away from school, peers, and life. How will the children cope when this is all over? Will they have regressed? Will they be too comfortable at home, or too scared to leave the house? There seems to be much worry […]

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Autism Childhood Parenting

Christmas at Pinky’s.

Christmas is coming! Like a runaway train. Here are some of the ways we make it a time of joy, not exhaustion, for our family.

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Dear Sir…

I did a new thing today. I would have preferred not to. I wrote a letter to my federal member of parliament. And one to the Prime Minister. I decided to remind them both that we were promised a respectful debate about marriage equality. Maybe they’d be interested to hear how that’s going, I thought. […]

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What’s happening? Nothing much.

Apparently, my town is one of the worst in the entire world for hayfever. I’m lucky, because I don’t often get it. But this year, I am buying antihistamines like it’s the hayfever apocalypse. On the advice of her allergist, Middle Child has to take them from 1 September to 30 March every spring/summer. We […]

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Autism Childhood Education/schooling Parenting

My Conscience Applied

I hope there won’t be too many typos or other errors in this piece. But I want to be authentic today. And deeply honest. The last couple of weeks have been not been good for me. In fact, a whole slew of words is needed to describe the depth and width of “not good”. Deeply […]