Life With A Side Of Autism


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Fire Drill

She was late for the bus this morning and I had to drive her to school
I was grumpy about it, too
I barely spoke to her at first 
I was angry that she dawdled in bed too long 
Then she said quietly
We had a fire drill yesterday, in the morning
And then something went wrong
I made a non-committal noise in reply, and she went on
In the afternoon, the alarm went off again, for no reason
It was a glitch, but it scared us all so bad
We'd already had the fire drill, she explained
So nobody knew why the alarm would go off again
We thought maybe somebody had a gun
Teachers made us stay in the classroom while they checked  the hall
Some kids were holding each other and I was hyperventilating
Everyone was upset and wondering if this was it
 But it was just the alarm? I clarified.
Yeah, just the alarm. We were so scared. 

I am scared. And I wish I could have driven right by the school and kept on driving, with her in the car next to me. I wish we could spend the day together, because I'm suddenly wondering how many mothers have dropped off a kid at school and never heard them talk about their day again.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

When You're Taking A Picture Of Cat Poo For Facebook, You Know You've Gone Too Far

[Special Note: This post originally ran in November of 2012]

Ah, the weekend. I can sleep somewhat later (why is it my kids can't wake up on weekdays, but the slightest touch of sunlight to their eyelids on a weekend, and they're ready to bounce off the walls?) and everything's a bit more relaxed. I headed downstairs this morning only to be greeted halfway down the stairwell by a tell-tale stench.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Not Doing The Brain Thing So Good Right Now

Guys, I am seriously brain-numb right now. I had an author event yesterday, I'm under a massive deadline for my next YA book, and I'm going away for a family wedding in two weeks so I'm scrambling to get this book rewritten before then. I feel like I've got a constant fog around my head and the idea of coming up with something new and entertaining right now is enough to make me want to mash my head into the keyboard.

So I'm calling for mercy from the blogger gods this week as they see me to my deadline and I leave you with some reruns. I know you understand me when  I say I can't brain this week. I just don't have it to spare.

Chat ya next week and wish me luck (and brilliance)!

Friday, February 16, 2018

All Signs Point To Friday - Check Out This Hilarious Collection!

Running a little behind this Friday, but better late than never, right? Anyhoo, here's a collection of signs that made me laugh. Hope it works for you, too.

We can't risk another frontal assault - that goose is dynamite!


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I Wish This Wasn't So True


Monday, February 12, 2018

Autism In The Workplace Is Becoming More Easily Accommodated

Photo Credit: CBS

 A friend clued me in to this wonderful article featured on CBS: The Growing Acceptance of Autism in the Workplace follows various people on the spectrum and the companies that employ them, highlighting their specialized interview strategies and the shifting focus of their training programs.

All the companies went out of their way to make the interview process less "talking" and more action oriented (such as giving them the "marshmallow challenge" (pictured above) and taking them through real-world scenarios to demonstrate skills the candidate may have difficulty describing or talking about.

Employers are truly beginning to realize what an untapped market the autism community offers, and they're discovering an entirely new and vibrant talent pool - and it's about time!

If you're an employer and you'd like to know more about the hiring and managing of people on the autism spectrum, The Autism Research Institute has a tip sheet that may be of help, and offers a printable pdf guide for the successful employment of people on the autism spectrum.

People on the spectrum can bring so much to any organization, with just a little patience and creative management. I hope this trend continues, and we see companies reassessing their interview and management techniques for everyone.