Spotted around the web: Coronavirus, genetic mutations, obsessive-compulsive disorder

Research roundup Preventing cell death during brain development in fruit flies allows diverse neuronal circuits to form. Science Advances The most widely used autism screen is as reliable for black children as it is for white children. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders Children whose autism is a result of copy number variants in their … Continue reading Spotted around the web: Coronavirus, genetic mutations, obsessive-compulsive disorder

Preparing for Possible Isolation

This was adapted from a post on a Facebook group and includes my response to which I felt was necessary in a time of pandemic.Dustin I come from we Aspies (we little professors) were considered role models in our classrooms, and were quite scholarly, and also obedient at home, in school, in church and in … Continue reading Preparing for Possible Isolation

Spotted around the web: Sleep problems, social comfort, police training

Research roundup Suicidal behavior may be rooted in people feeling burdened by and excluded from society, both of which are heightened in those with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders Sleep problems in autism persist into at least middle age. Autism in Adulthood Autistic people tend to feel most comfortable when they are around … Continue reading Spotted around the web: Sleep problems, social comfort, police training

Portrayal, Have we got to what dating in autism REALLY is?

Note, this article contains a spoiler from this weeks episode of The Good Doctor. While I have made commentary about media portrayals in the past, I felt this was necessary because of the relationship factors autistic people face.

The Grocery Store, Part II

A few weeks ago, I wrote about our local grocer closing their large store, and dividing that load between two smaller stores. It has been over a month since then, yet I cannot get to the moment of what is normal and adapt to the new digs. After the store closed, the store moved its … Continue reading The Grocery Store, Part II

The Changing of the Clock

As a child, I never struggled with Daylight Savings time, because I either prepared for it by my family, or I just never noticed it. Nonetheless, in recent years, it has been harder and harder to overcome the change, yet I look forward to the time change in the spring, as it brings forward a … Continue reading The Changing of the Clock

The Caffeine Detox

I attempted to forego sodas several times in the past few years, I wrote a post on this a while back. But this most recent one is seeming to stick because I am thinking about it differently. Growing up as a child due to the onset of my autism and ADHD, I was always told … Continue reading The Caffeine Detox

The hidden danger of suicide in autism

Nearly every Sunday since he was 7, Connor McIlwain had panicked about going to school the following day. The noise of barking dogs or crying babies, the demands of school and the constant fear of being exposed to one of his phobias was a lot for Connor to handle. Diagnosed with autism at age 3, … Continue reading The hidden danger of suicide in autism