Self-Diagnosing Autism as an Adult…Where Do I Belong?

Towing the line between grief and depression

Last fall, I came to the realization that I am on the autism spectrum. It was both crushing and eye-opening. Crushing because, how would my life have been easier if I’d had help with things that are most difficult for me? Eye-opening because my entire life to this point suddenly made sense. But now I face a new challenge that I know is not unique to me. When self-diagnosing autism as an adult, you find yourself wondering, “Where do I belong?”

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Having Children With Autism Does Not Make Me A “Martyr Mommy”

There are few things that really get to me. Working in social media, I scroll through countless offensive and generally awful things on a daily basis. You learn quickly to let things roll off your back or you’ll just feel down about things all the time. But when I came across this meme while scrolling through my personal Facebook feed, it really hit home. It says, “What if I told you autism parents are just martyr mommies?” Let me be clear: Having children with autism does not make me a “martyr mommy.”

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{Festival Foods Fireworks Show!} 3 Hacks for Kids With Autism to Enjoy Fireworks

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Festival Foods and contains an Amazon affiliate link. The thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.

3 Hacks for Kids with Autism to Enjoy Fireworks

Is it really the end of June? This summer is flying by for our family. Since June is coming to a close, we are planning for the 4th of July! With our children’s sensory sensitivities, taking them to see a fireworks show requires a little preparation. We have come up with three hacks for kids with autism to enjoy fireworks. We’ll be utilizing these hacks for C and Jo to enjoy the Festival Foods Fireworks Show!

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How We’re Avoiding the Plunger this Summer

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Charmin.

Summer 2016 is in full swing! With the sun staying out longer, people are gathering together for barbecues, late night bonfires and holiday get-togethers. I, for one, love having my friends and family over to grill outside during these summer months and do it as often as I can. So, what are my necessities to having guests over in these hot temps? Food – yes. Bug spray – quite possibly. Charmin toilet paper – absolutely.

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Need to redirect your child? Regulation Cubes can help!

Disclosure: I received product from Fun and Function in exchange for this review. The links below are affiliate links. The thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.

Redirect Your Child With Regulation Cubes

Have you ever distracted your upset child with a different toy or activity? That is redirection! All parents have utilized this tactic to avoid unwanted behaviors, tantrums or meltdowns. Parents of children with sensory processing disorder and/or autism might be especially familiar with the need to redirect our children. C has made great strides in his behavioral problems; but as with all aspects of therapy, we’ve come to expect that we always take two steps forward and one step back.

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