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

Taking the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale Test

The Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale Test is a measure of the degree of social phobia that a person experiences. Autistic individuals often have a social anxiety disorder diagnosis so I thought it would be interesting to see how we score on this test. Before taking the test, I think it’s important to differentiate between autistic … Continue reading Taking the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale Test

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

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

Sensory Diet

This is the final part in a series about sensory sensitivities and atypical sensory processing. Read the other parts: Part 1  |  Part 2 | Part 3 When we think of diet or dieting, we usually think of restricting our intake in some way. But a sensory diet isn’t about restriction, it’s about fulfilling sensory needs and improving … Continue reading Sensory Diet

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)

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

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?

Monday Morning Musings (5-20)

This might be a new regular or occasional feature. How’s that for a commitment? There are a lot of little things that come up during the week that I’d like to share but they’re too small to make a proper post about. Instead, I’m going to roll them all up into one hot mess of … Continue reading Monday Morning Musings (5-20)