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Week 9- Routines, How to re-establish your routine after it has gone off the rails

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We’ve all had it happen, but we don’t always recognize it until we have a meltdown or we feel so out of sorts we can’t stand it one second more. I’m talking about what happens when our routines are messed up by a change in our life. I have recently been dealing with this issue and it crept up on me over a 4 week period. My regular routine was completely off the rails and I didn’t realize it until I was so miserable the other day that I stopped and put the pieces together to see what was going on. It was my routine and it had been interrupted and was making me feel awful. Has this ever happened to you? Today, I am going to share 4 tips that I have learned to help me get back on track and re-establish my routine and to put checks in place so that I can catch it earlier next time and not reach a point of misery after weeks of quiet discord. We’ve talked about how our brain can default to routines and habits that are subconscious and can be hurting us versus helping us and that is w

Reconnecting with Your Partner-Relationships on the Spectrum

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Self-quarantining has led to a LOT of TOGETHERNESS and often when we have been in a relationship for awhile it is easy to get frustrated with not having some personal space. As Autistics, we need that alone time, that quiet time to re-energize and recharge from too much sensory input like constant sound. It can also lead to being disconnected from your partner because they are physically there and your only escape is to be inside your head. You get in your own routines which may include routines you are in together, like eating a meal. Routines are great and they help us in many ways but they can also be hurting us when they lead us to a place of disconnect. Disconnect happens more easily I think for us as autistics because we seek to find that quiet place of rest and changing from one state of being to another is difficult so we stay where we are comfortable and where change is not making us stressed. I know that I fall into this and have become aware that I need to be more awar

Substance Abuse in Adult Autistics

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  Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) This is a companion article to my Podcast, Mind Your Autistic Brain to hear this episode and interview with Jordan Camp, S1 E4, visit: https://anchor.fm/socialautie An excerpt from an article by the Delphi Mental Health Group: “ According to the Journal of Alcoholism & Drug Dependence , one study showed that almost 7 percent of individuals in treatment for SUD had been diagnosed with ASD (as compared to 1 percent of the general population). Researchers Elizabeth Kunreuther and Ann Palmer of the University of North Carolina have also studied the correlation between ASD and SUD. Their findings report that individuals diagnosed with autism are almost twice as likely to abuse alcohol or drugs. They’ve written a book called Drinking, Drug Use, and Addiction in the Autism Community , which explores this relationship between autism and substance abuse further.”  Read the complete article here: https://delphihealthgroup.c