December 2018

What’s in a Word: Asperger’s and the APA

Few words in behavioral science come with more controversy and contention than Asperger’s. This series focuses on the word, Asperger’s, and the many antagonists to

Reactions to Late Autism Diagnosis

A painfully real look at what happens when an adult is diagnosed with autism and attempts to share the news with loved ones.

Emotional Overload and Aspie Understanding

The media paints a picture of Aspies that is incorrect. We are thought to be disruptive, burdensome, and downright dangerous. That’s what outsiders want you

A Life Illuminated

My name is Hugh Willis. I am autistic. Having an autism spectrum diagnosis and changing my life narrative has been a difficult journey of self-discovery. Acceptance

Family Response to Autism Diagnosis

Eventually I spoke to my mum about it. Well…I never really discussed it, I simply said that I received the diagnosis. I wanted to explain

Growing up with Selective Mutism

The drive from Wellington, Florida to Chicago takes nineteen hours for a family of average luck.  Two days between the promise of a new adventure

Bittersweet is My Favorite Word

I’ve always felt that I am biding my time. When I say “I’ve always felt”, I mean as far back as I can remember. Like the things I was seeing and experiencing in my life were not the whole shebang.  There was another place I was living and operating . . . almost.

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