Autism and Hotel Fire Alarms Pre-pandemic, my husband, son, and I had a visit to the bay area. We stayed at a fairly nice hotel in downtown Oakland. We had an unusual experience in this hotel, and I learned something about my son. What happened? The hotel has twenty-one floors. Our room was on the twentieth floor. Why so high? Well, we often enjoy the … [Read more...] about Autism and Hotel Fire Alarms
Autism and the In-Between Parenting What is the In-Between Parenting? It’s a term I made up for the following situation. I have an eighteen-year-old with autism. He’s about to graduate high school and attend a local community college in the fall. We do not have a conservatorship with him. What is a conservatorship? It is a legal proceeding where an adult is … [Read more...] about Autism and the In-Between Parenting
Autism and Preparing for an AP Exam What is an AP exam? An AP class is a college-level class taken by a high schooler. The AP exam is the end of the school year exam for that class. An AP class is typically taken junior or senior year of high school. If the student passes the AP exam, the student gets college credit for that class. What about taking the AP … [Read more...] about Autism and Preparing for an AP Exam
Autism and Backward Chaining I had never heard this term before…backward chaining. I read up on it and discovered it’s a useful way for parents of children with special needs to help a child learn everyday life skills. What is backward chaining? Here’s the way I understand it… Chaining is a way to teach multi-step or complex skills. A complex skill involves … [Read more...] about Autism and Backward Chaining
To Disclose Autism or Not? What do strangers deserve to know? When was the first time we disclosed our son’s autism? Honestly, only one or two people knew about my son’s autism for the first, well, two years. Yep, that’s right. We kept it to ourselves. And, then we disclosed only to family. Then, years later, we disclosed…well, we disclosed when and … [Read more...] about To Disclose Autism or Not?