As much as I’d love to plan a New Year’s Eve (NYE) getaway this year, I will be navigating the New Year in New York City. As such, I’ve made a list of helpful backups in case of overstimulation on this rowdy holiday. • Party-goers: Ask the host where to find a quiet room in […]
To be honest, I’ve never felt the sky was the limit. I’m more of a “see the forest for the trees” kind of person, which basically means I see the big picture but also all the small details and patterns. As an autistic person, I don’t like lofty New Year’s Resolutions. I feel like it’s […]
This tip is about food, meal routines, and weight gain over the holidays. This topic can be sensitive, especially for autistic women who have increased odds for developing eating disorders. As such, I’m giving a trigger warning for this tip. The holidays are a tough time for food. ASD thrives in routine and structure. Food […]
It’s finally over! The holiday season wraps up today with the New Year. While the hustle and bustle simmer down, let’s all remember that the end of the holidays is also a big transition in and of itself. January comes as a relief, but switching from go-mode to old routines can be exceptionally hard for […]
We all want to have fun, exciting experiences (some of the time)! Whether it’s a day trip to Disneyland, a weekend-long convention, or a much-anticipated family reunion, we on the spectrum occasionally find ourselves in the thick of a great time; yet, our bodies and brains are often left unattended and uncared for by those […]
Romance is a common holiday theme, and autistic people (just like NTs) are very aware of the constant barrage of romantic imagery at this time of year: from mistletoe kisses to Christmas rom-com films, commercials of cozy holiday couples to articles about “The Perfect Gift for Him/Her.” And, of course, there is little to no […]
Shift your detail-orientedness toward giving. I believe that autistics, with our tendency to notice and remember the smallest details about others, can be some of the most thoughtful gift givers!
Lights are mesmerizing. I remember, as a child, spending intervals of time simply staring at my Christmas tree. Even as an adult autie, I find my mind clearing from all the clutter as I gaze at a decorated tree during my alone time. Give it a try!
The holiday cheer can bring on a whole onslaught of socializing. I avoid overstimulation by volunteering for the many task-oriented holiday activities, like gift-wrapping, setting up and decorating the Christmas tree, or cooking.