29 01, 2015

Directives from the Spectrum: Stuck in theVortex

Do you live in a vortex? All aspects of your life spin around you at an ever increasing rate? The To Do list sprouts six new tasks as soon as you cross one off the list. Four people need you – NOW. The errands multiply like rabbits? A day turns into a whirlwind and we struggle to keep our feet on the ground? In the midst of the storm, a nagging little voice says, you must take care of yourself, you need to slow down and learn to relax. Like me, do you might feel like slapping that little voice into oblivion because it is OBVIOUSLY not in touch with the real world! One thing that I know for sure is that children with autism have a lot to teach us.  We may be able to ignore the little voice in our heads but I am pretty sure you have

8 01, 2015

But I Don’t WANT to Go Back to Work!

The holidays are over and the first Monday back to work was an enormous transition for me - and probably many others! I seriously considered heaving the alarm clock into oblivion when it rudely jerked me awake at 6 a.m. and annoyingly reminded me that work awaited. I tried to pretend it was a dream. Next, I convinced myself that 5 more minutes in bed was not going to throw off my day. It did. From the moment my feet hit the floor, I felt like a hamster on a wheel spinning out of control with no way to slow the damn thing down. The switch from holidays to work made me consider how I actually cope with the unpleasant shift.  A few things occurred to me: Firstly, from the moment I heard my alarm till the moment my head hit the pillow that night, I had done a whole lot