There are close to 200 posts on this blog, which can make it hard to find what you’re looking for. I’ve put together a loosely categorized list of essential topics on this page as a starting point for new readers. If you’re looking for something autism-related that you don’t see here, let me know in the comments. If I haven’t written about a topic, I probably know of someone who has.
Most of the posts here are geared toward autistic adults/adults with Asperger’s syndrome, but a few in particular deal with adult topics like relationships, parenting and aging:
- adult ASD diagnosis series
- aging on the spectrum
- marriage and partner relationships series
- motherhood series
Communication impairments are a big part of autism. I’ve talked about this extensively, but these three posts are a good starting place for someone how wants to understand what communication impairments can look like in autistic people of all ages: Echolalia and Why Talking is Hard and (Not) A Little Slow
Executive function (EF) is a broad term that refers to the cognitive processes that help us regulate, control and manage our thoughts and actions. It includes planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, inhibition, cognitive flexibility, initiation of actions and monitoring of actions. I’ve written an Executive Function series plus a post on the difference between procrastination and Executive Function impairment.
Growing up on the Spectrum
Thoughts on some of the challenges of growing up on the spectrum:
- the doubly exceptional label (gifted and autistic)
- loneliness and being alone
- sleep difficulties
- coordination and sports
- “little professor” syndrome
- why girls are less likely to be diagnosed with autism or Asperger’s
Life on the Spectrum
Answers to some common questions about life on the spectrum:
- What are special interests and why are they important?
- What’s up with all of the rules and routines?
- Why do we avoid eye contact?
- Why is asking for help hard for autistic people?
- Are we more prone to perfectionism?
- What is catastrophizing and why do we do it?
- Why is saying “no” difficult?
Meltdowns, Anxiety and More
Firsthand insight into some of the more difficult aspects of autism/Asperger’s:
- autistic anxiety
- autistic regression
- emotional dysfunction
- resistance to change
Most autistic people experience some form of atypical sensory processing. I’ve written quite a bit on key aspects of sensory processing, including sensory diet, sensory seeking, sensory sensitivities, tactile defensive, interoception, and proprioception
Repetitive movements, known as stimming, are nearly universal in autistic people. I’ve written about why stimming shouldn’t be labeled socially inappropriate and how stimming can help rather than impair concentration.