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Seasonal Shifts

I recall growing up in southern Wisconsin that with rare exceptions, winter was a time for the sky to be gray and the world to be cold--for literally months; virtually forever, from the perspective of a child.  When the spring did finally come, it seemed far too late, far too slow, and far too tentative.  In finally knowing after fifty years of waiting, a name and the beginning of an explanation for the differences in brain functioning that I had noticed and described to others since early…

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Added by Denver NeVaar on June 13, 2013 at 9:42am — 11 Comments

Transition Journal 6/10/13

This is Rebecca's mom; Pam.  I am going to start posting on this blog about our new journey.  Becca got her High School dipoloma on Friday and today is her first day officially in the Adult World.  We just met with her Daily Living Specialists and they will be starting next week.  We hope to fill 15 hours a week with some volunteering and fun activities for the summer.  This fall Becca will also have 25 hours a week with a COTA to start working on moving to her own apartment and to support…

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Added by Rebecca on June 10, 2013 at 11:38am — 2 Comments

Airplane Travel -- Yikes!!

Carol Burnett's mother once said that comedy equals tragedy plus time. I would agree. I recently posted a YouTube video (Gorus Goes Flying) where I describe my experience with airports and flying, having not flown in over a decade. At the time, I was very stressed and experienced near fatal (hyperbole!) anxiety; however, in the video I am able to bring a sense of humor to it all. I consider myself to be fairly high…

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Added by Gorus Bix on June 9, 2013 at 9:19am — 7 Comments

A case of nerves

   I'm trying to get on disabillity and I have my psychological test today.  I'm really nervous.  I'm not the greatest at talking and I know I'm going to make a fool out of myself.  I'll probably blubber on like an idiot.  That or I'll be able to talk just fine and they'll think I'm lying about having a hard time talking to people.  Either way I'm gonna make an idiot of myself.  Wish me luck!

Added by Darian Weeks on June 8, 2013 at 10:32am — 8 Comments

Change History by supporting the first Autistic Astronaut!

I have Autism and I need your help. It costs nothing, just a moment of your time.  Please help change history by voting for me to become the first person with Asperger’s Syndrome to become an Astronaut!   Vote for me using the web link below.  Please pass this message on after reading the link below.   I am trying to fulfill my lifelong ambition of becoming an astronaut, and providing hope and inspiration to all those on the Autism spectrum, and to help change our image. 

Thank…

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Added by Lonnie on June 7, 2013 at 3:55pm — 1 Comment

No Hours To Work, Fleas,& Meds

The boss says there's no hours to work & don't know when things will pick up. The two cats & the dog have fleas. Now they're a jumpin & a bittin on me. Gotta go get my happy meds today if I don't I will turn into a tazmanian devil tomorrow by dawn. Can't wait til the worries & crazies are gone! Tryin to find those sillies so they can come back & stay for good!

Added by Emily Marshall on June 6, 2013 at 11:59am — 2 Comments

Read this wonderful review by Jerome Groopman of Temple Grandin's book The Autistic Brain!

http://ning.it/17V6gzE is a wonderful review by Dr. Jerome Groopman of Temple Grandin's new book The Autistic Brain, which I bought some weeks ago.  The review is one of the best single pieces I've actually ever read about autism.  It highlights a number of long passages from Grandin's book which illustrate the scientific method, and how stupid claims get published and then countered in later work, ALL THE TIME.  It's also very common-sensical and…

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Added by Tony Wuersch on June 4, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

Sidewalk trouble

   I really don't like sidewalks.  I don't know if it's because of my AS or what but sidewalks make me really uncomfortable when I'm walking with someone.  They just feel to small and I feel crowded.  I usually have to walk a little behind or a little in front of the other person (perferably behind) and always on the side by the road if I can.  I especially hate it when I have to be on the side where the grass is because I can not (or rather will not) walk on the grass and it makes me feel…

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Added by Darian Weeks on May 31, 2013 at 1:29pm — 7 Comments

When were you diagnosed and how did it affect you?

I tried to post this yesterday, perhaps made an error or it was not approved?  I am very interested to know from those of you willing to share: your age at diagnosis, self-diagnosed?, your reaction then and how it has affected you since, how it has affected your family.  Expand on this as you wish.

Added by Leah on May 30, 2013 at 5:45pm — 6 Comments

Summer

I still have no clue what I'll be doing this summer. Left to my own devices I may go mad.

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Added by Rebecca on May 29, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Terrifying talk

   My name is Darian.  I just joined GRASP because I'm a 19 year old female whose life is at a stand still.  Out of all my medical problems it is not the physical ones that are holding me back, its my Aspergers Syndrome.  All my life I have been the quiet little mouse very few people noticed.  I had a few friends but I rarely hung out with them after school. 

   Now that I've graduated everything's gotten worse.  I get panic attacks sometimes when I have to talk to people, when I get…

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Added by Darian Weeks on May 29, 2013 at 2:42pm — 20 Comments

Aspie Dilemma

Hi everyone! Normally I have a lot of trouble with understanding poetry. But this one I managed to figure out, and I really connected with it. I think it perfectly describes a very common dilemma for Aspies. It's a bittersweet situation to me. Although there are many benefits for taking the less traveled path, there are also costs. At times I feel the less traveled path has been forced…

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Added by Gorus Bix on May 24, 2013 at 1:30pm — 14 Comments

How can I help my adult son?

it seems all the information and resources out there are directed at children. I have a 33yo son I suspect has aspergers. I have worried for years about his self-isolation, anxiety, obssessive behaviors, and emotional distance from our family but never knew anything about asp until recent years. Because he's an adult, I can't go to his teacher or doctor;and I hesitate to broach the subject w him, fear he'll think of it as a personal failure. He has social anxiety and has suffered w panic… Continue

Added by Leah on May 16, 2013 at 8:53pm — 2 Comments

My First GRASP Support Group Meeting

I have just posted a YouTube video ( Adult Asperger's Syndrome -- Gorus #31 ) wherein I describe, from my perspective, what attending a GRASP support group was like. Although I struggled with anxiety and self-sabotage, escalating as the time drew near, I found the gumption to just go. It was my first meeting, and I was pleasantly surprised. Anyway, the details are in the video. After watching the video, I would be very curious to hear…

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Added by Gorus Bix on May 16, 2013 at 8:37pm — 2 Comments

Problems with Dancing

I would really like to be able to dance.  I love physical movement and exercise.  If I could just process and remember the movements, I'm pretty sure that physically I'm completely capable of executing them.  But I can't seem to follow along in classes.  Most recently, I took a beginning swing dance class, and by the third class (of six), I was too much of a liability to the other people in the class to continue.  I also tried Zumba a few times, which was easier in a way since there is no…

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Added by Jean Petree on May 14, 2013 at 2:03pm — 22 Comments

Just Joined GRASP

55-year-old who bore an invisible mark of Cain while growing up.  Always felt like I had some kind of "invisible disability".  Learned many ways to try to hide and cope with it, not all of which are effective.  Have led the examined life.  Over the past few months, have been vlogging a bit on Youtube under gryffynda1 on various topics pertaining to Asperger's syndrome.

Added by Jean Petree on May 12, 2013 at 12:02pm — 16 Comments

Look Beneath the Surface

I am frequently annoyed by the lack of context or depth of understanding called forth when a person-on-the-street assesses another's behavior, especially when I'm the one being assessed in this way. That is, it often seems that only my overt behavior is taken into account -- the symptoms, the mannerisms, the physical movements, the style of speaking. In other words, what can be observed.

This is probably a remnant of…

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Added by Gorus Bix on May 10, 2013 at 3:02pm — 3 Comments

DIVINE SPECTRUM

Over land and under sea

teaming over with possibility;

In all of Divine creation

I chose to be me!

Added by Lillybet on May 4, 2013 at 6:02pm — 5 Comments

What an NT doesn't see

I have just posted a YouTube video (Adult Asperger's Syndrome -- Gorus #18 ) that you may find interesting. I almost did not post it because I found it pretty intense when I played it back for myself. I feel I may be revealing more of myself than I ought to, but then I remember the point of these videos is to be honest and to not color or doctor, in any way, my experiences of Asperger's in the real world. It is very…

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Added by Gorus Bix on April 29, 2013 at 3:57pm — 5 Comments

One Example of an Autistic Sense of Beingness

Within my immediately previous blog post, I concluded by saying: 

"If we wish to be the best that we can be, we must be fully human--and that includes integrating every example of so-called disability that ever occurs, in ways that are genuinely supportive, effective, and empowering.  It is never a question of 'do it my way' but rather of 'how can we make it possible for you to do it?'  In the meantime, I pray that faith in the ingenuity and compassion of others and of ourselves is…

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Added by Denver NeVaar on April 14, 2013 at 9:56am — 2 Comments

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