Decoding My Autism

For a long time, I've tried to understand what goes on in my brain. Along the way, I've learned some things and made discoveries that have helped me live a better life.

 

When Brain Cells Gossip

Say you're talking to a coworker you're close to, and you tell them something personal, private, and sensitive, something meant only to...

Why do autistics have trouble sleeping?

Difficulty sleeping is a very common, and very frustrating, symptom of autism. I regularly see posts in autism groups from parents about...

Autism and ADHD

My original diagnosis that put me on the Autism Spectrum came when I was two. Because of a speech and motor delay, I was diagnosed with...

Appetite and the Hunger Hormone

For many years, I had a hard time knowing when I was hungry. I would eat when my stomach was empty, and stop when my stomach was full....

The Stress Response

When I get stressed out or anxious, I get a lot of pent up energy. My muscles get tense, and my arms and legs almost feel as if they're...

Magnesium: Another Powerful Autism Ally

I've taken magnesium supplements for years before bed to help me sleep. I have restless leg syndrome, which gets bad enough at night that...

Autism Isn't Just Genetic

A trend I am seeing a lot lately is people saying that the cause of autism is genetic - and they're saying it in a way that implies that...

New to Autism?

So you've heard about this thing called autism, but don't know much about it. Maybe someone you know has it. Or your child has just been...

Autism and MTHFR

If you or your autistic child are like me, you just don't deal with autism - you deal with a bunch of different medical conditions....

Dynamic Duo Series: Digestion

Part 5 and last in the series exploring the Dynamic Duo and related issues more in depth As I conclude this series about the Dynamic Duo,...

Dynamic Duo Series: Aggression

Part 4 of the series exploring the Dynamic Duo and related issues more in depth Aggression is perhaps one of the most challenging topics...

Dynamic Duo Series: Social Learning

Part 3 of the series exploring the Dynamic Duo and related issues more in depth When I was growing up, the world was a very confusing...

Dynamic Duo Series: Anxiety

Part 2 of the series exploring the Dynamic Duo and related issues more in depth Like most autistics, I deal with a lot of anxiety....

Dynamic Duo Series: Fixation

I've previously talked about what I call the Autism Dynamic Duo - Vitamin D and Zinc. At the time, I mainly talked about them in terms of...

Sleep, Mood, and the Autism Dynamic Duo

One of the most frequent topics I see asked about among parents of autistic children is regarding sleep difficulties and what to do about...