Task Initiation, Executive Functioning, and Autistic Inertia

Today I'd like to talk about something I've mentioned several times before but I feel deserves a blog post all on its own. I'd like to talk about why it is that many autistic people have trouble initiating new tasks, and also sometimes simply switching tasks. Task Initiation Task initiation is exactly what it sounds … Continue reading Task Initiation, Executive Functioning, and Autistic Inertia

The Autism “Elevator Pitch” and Other Thoughts On Talking About Autism

Have you ever heard of an elevator pitch? In the marketing world, an elevator pitch is how you would tell someone about your product or company or idea if you had to explain it to them while riding on an elevator, so within fifteen or twenty seconds or so. It's intended to give the listener … Continue reading The Autism “Elevator Pitch” and Other Thoughts On Talking About Autism

Understanding Meltdowns and Autism

"Beneath every behavior is a feeling. And beneath every feeling is a need. And when we meet that need rather than focus on the behavior, we begin to deal with the cause and not the symptom." - Psychologist Ashleigh Warner I used to have daily meltdowns. There was a time in early elementary school where … Continue reading Understanding Meltdowns and Autism

Unintended Consequences of School Rules – How you may be hurting your autistic students and not even know it.

Pretty soon, I'm going back to school for the last time before I am an adult. It's the start of my senior year of high school, and by the end of the year I will have completed the journey of public education that I began thirteen years ago. For essentially as long as I remember, … Continue reading Unintended Consequences of School Rules – How you may be hurting your autistic students and not even know it.