Life With A Side Of Autism


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.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

10 Great Things That Other Countries Do

I'm generally proud of the land I live in (current government leadership notwithstanding), but I'm also fascinated by the customs, laws and culture of other countries. I've collected some of my favorites and thought I'd share them with you today:

1. In Finland, every newborn baby is given a "baby box" by the state. It includes clothing, blankets, a snowsuit and mittens, diapers, bathing supplies, a picture book and a teething toy - along with nursing pads and condoms. The box also doubles as a sleeping crib!

2. In Barbados, everyone citizen who turns 100 gets to be on a postage stamp.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

It's Okay If I'm Not The Memory Maker

Superbowl weekend was Dad's weekend with the kids - which translated to Dad's weekend with Anna because David had been invited to spend the weekend in the mountains with his best friend. My ex is a die-hard Eagles fan, being a life-long Philly area native, so this was one hell of a weekend to be at Dad's house.

I'm not much of a football person, but I did have the game on in the background while I was writing (mostly because I love Justin Timberlake and I wanted to see commercials). After the win, I was texting Anna and I asked her what the noise level was like over there. She replied that everyone was losing their minds, and she and her Dad and all her friends over there were chanting E-A-G-L-E-S and singing the fight song and it was amazing.
I love it. I love it so hard that she was in the middle of all of that. I texted back: MEMORIES with a big heart emoji. Oh, it was awesome.

And once again, I'm reminded of how far I've come.

Monday, February 5, 2018

"How To Dance In Ohio" Gives A Warm And Insightful View Of Teens On The Autism Spectrum

I was wandering around YouTube this weekend and I came across this outstanding short film. How To Dance In Ohio is about a group of teens with autism, preparing for their spring formal - a rite of passage for many teens, but for teens with autism, it can be a sensory bombardment and a social skills nightmare. The film addresses so many of the challenges they (and their teachers and therapists) face as they navigate this milestone with courage, compassion, and a touch of humor.

Check out the trailer:

And if you're interested in seeing the full film (it runs just over an hour), it's on YouTube in its entirety here.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Fun On A Friday: Time For Another Edition Of "Today In The News"

It's Superbowl Friday, guys, and my local team is in the playoffs. This is how I know it's Superbowl Friday, because I do not watch football but apparently everyone else within a hundred miles of Philadelphia does. So . . . Go Eagles!

There. I did my part. And now, on to the news.

So glad this was resolved without violence.