Executive Function Strategies

I’m putting the blog on hiatus for the month of August. Some more details at the end of the post if you’re interested. ———— Back in March, someone left a comment on the self-employment series asking me to share some of the ways I manage my executive function challenges in the context of work. With … Continue reading Executive Function Strategies

Executive Function Primer (Part 2)

This part 2 in a series about executive function. It looks at the remainder of the organizational functions that were introduced in part 1 : problem solving, verbal reasoning, working memory and attention. —– Problem Solving Problem solving is another umbrella term, encompassing the activities related to identifying and overcoming obstacles to reach a predefined goal. … Continue reading Executive Function Primer (Part 2)

Procrastination or Executive Function Fail?

There’s a spot on my kitchen floor, a little cluster of dried reddish drips. I don’t know what it is. If it’s from 3 days ago, it’s tomato sauce. If it’s been there longer . . .  who knows. I’ve walked past it dozens of times. I look at it. It annoys me. I wonder … Continue reading Procrastination or Executive Function Fail?

Decoding the High Functioning Label

Aspies are often labeled high functioning by default. Some people even seem to think it’s a compliment. “You must be very high functioning. You don’t seem autistic.” “Why, thank you. And you’re not especially ugly.” Because, yeah . . . being told you’re “not that autistic” like it’s a good thing is hard to swallow. … Continue reading Decoding the High Functioning Label

Post #100: A Hiatus and Some Thoughts on Executive Function

This is my 100th post. Yay! Around the time I started blogging, a blogger that I was following made her 100th post and I was in awe. I wasn’t sure if I could stick with this blogging thing long enough to make it to 100. I wasn’t sure if anyone would read what I wrote … Continue reading Post #100: A Hiatus and Some Thoughts on Executive Function

Taking the RAADS-14

The RAADS-14 is a shortened version of the 80-question RAADS-R autism screening test. The 14-question RAADS-14 is intended to be a quick screening tool for clinicians, much like the AQ-10. Unlike the AQ-10, however, the RAADS-14 is positioned by its creators for use in outpatient psychiatric screening. The validation study for the RAADS-14 was conducted … Continue reading Taking the RAADS-14

The One Where I Talk to Myself About Shame

You’ve been putting off writing this for a while, haven’t you? Yep. Weeks? More like months. And how’s that working for you? Well, I wrote posts about functioning and the verbal-nonverbal disconnect and executive function to avoid what I really wanted to write about. Which is? Shame. All the things I’m supposed to be able … Continue reading The One Where I Talk to Myself About Shame

working definitions

When I first started reading about Asperger’s syndrome, I was puzzled by words like neurotypical and stimming. Now that I find myself using these and other autism-specific words on a regular basis, I figured it might be helpful to create a list of simple definitions for readers new to the language of the spectrum. Allistic: … Continue reading working definitions