Autism is a different way of being, with certain types of gifts, and certain types of challenges. Most people don’t realize that the sensory sensitivities, the meltdowns, the rolling brain fogs, and the other challenges can all be minimized by the way we shape our lives, and the things we do to take care of ourselves.
Those of us in the spectrum know what we ourselves do to optimize our personal function, but these actions are often automatic, and not something we talk about much with others. Optimizing health and managing your environment can make a difference.
Starting at age 11, Jackie McMillan turned her life into a science project to identify what was making her challenges worse, what was allowing her to function better, and what the reasons underlying her findings might be. She later found it very reassuring to connect with other spectrum teens and adults who shared her discoveries! Jackie’s special interest is, “How to Thrive with Autism” as an autistic teen or adult.