“Highly intelligent, yet sometimes can be slow to comprehend due to sensory and cognitive processing issues.” Through structured settings, through books, through close-captioned instructional videos, I can learn almost anything and learn it quickly! But if my mind is overloaded, if fluorescent lights are buzzing, if an instructor off-topic improvises or forgets to check for […]
During meetings, focus groups, etc., I try to stay as comfy as possible, so I change my sitting position often. Whenever it’s semiappropriate, I sit criss-cross in my chair. Otherwise, I hop between all kinds of positions. Maybe I seem a little fidgety, but at least I can focus and contribute!
When traveling, it can be so tempting to pack all my “essential” things in order to feel like I can immerse myself in my routine wherever I go. In the end, this overpacking leads to more stress! Instead, I plan things to a T, from specific outfits to actually using the bathroom toiletries in the […]
Like a bee drawn to a flower, I am constantly distracted by my special interests. This can make studying very hard! One way to cope is to use my special interest as a reward: After an hour of work, I can look up my interests for ten minutes or so.
Caged by the day’s expectations. Every new day comes with a list of to-do’s. These checklists from work, household chores, and even leisure appointments are exhausting (due to low executive functioning skills) and can feel joyless. Insert your special interests, even in small ways to conjure a joyful spirit into the daily grind. Listen to […]
Green means go, red means stop. Yet, in conversations (whether casual or serious), nothing ever reads as clear as “keep talking” or “this discussion has ended.” I see the possibilities of the words being said: “I could learn more about a topic.” “I could answer questions.” “I could make someone laugh.” But I almost completely […]
Wound up. Whenever I am stressed and overwhelmed (especially by another person), my struggles with executive functioning and reading through the lines in conversations makes reaching a calmer place very difficult. I suggest going to a place alone and thinking through what actually has you upset. Journaling, sketching, or working through a questionnaire that helps […]
How can we attempt our areas of growth in executive functioning when our brains are crammed with too much sensory input? Pare down the excess in your days. We do not need permission to say no to the things that damage us in our personal lives. We deserve the simplicity that makes us stronger. For […]
A cycle spinning round. With struggles around executive functioning, we find self-monitoring our actions and behavior difficult, yet we are also very sensitive to criticism due to rigidity in our thinking. How to find balance? Learning to ask for help and feedback on your own terms is a great first step. If you invite the […]
Working memory is another big executive functioning skill that causes daily problems for autistic people. I lose my keys and phone multiple times a day. I forget plans the moment they are made. A large key-chain (maybe related to a special interest), keeping your phone on ring, and writing everything down in one notebook or […]