Kaylene

Kaylene George is an autistic self-advocate, author, and mother of five, including one autistic child. She realized her own autism as an adult shortly after her son received his initial diagnosis. Suddenly the parts of her that seemed so “weird” to society had an answer. Since then, Kaylene has passionately shared about her experiences with autism from both sides of the great divide between parents and autistic self-advocates on AutisticMama.com.

  • The Right and Wrong Way to Use First/Then Charts for Autistic Children

    First/Then Charts… I’m sure that you’ve seen them… In classrooms and in therapy offices, maybe even at your house. And there’s a lot to unpack with First/Then Charts… Because here’s the thing: They can be extremely helpful or they can also be extremely harmful. See, there is a definite ‘wrong way’ to use First/Then Charts… […]

  • 3 Effective Strategies to Become a Better Parent Advocate

    When your child is diagnosed with autism, there are really two routes you can go. First, the most popular route is the “autism mom™” route. You think autism is a tragedy that steals your child from you, but you are a superhero that has overcome. Thankfully, there’s another option! Instead of donning the puzzle-piece laden […]

  • How to De-Escalate Your Child’s Meltdown When You’re Triggered

    Staying calm during your autistic child’s meltdown isn’t an easy task for anyone… But it’s particularly difficult if you are triggered yourself. Whether you’re autistic, you have trauma in your past, you struggle with your mental health or you just can’t stay calm during the chaos, this is the post for you! I’m going to […]

  • When Will My Autistic Child Talk is the Wrong Question

    I have a lot of readers who find my blog when their autistic child was diagnosed recently, or even while they’re waiting for their child’s official diagnosis. And oftentimes, their child is non-speaking or really struggles to communicate verbally. The first question I’m asked is often, “when will my autistic child talk?” And I get […]

  • The Missing Piece in Autism Behavior Plans

    When you hear about autistic children, hearing about their behavior is never too far behind. Whether it’s someone recommending a behavioral therapy like ABA… or asking about how to discipline an autistic child… or the school creating a written autism behavior plan… It feels like everyone has some sort of plan for managing an autistic […]

  • The Real Reason You Struggle With #Adulting as an Autistic Adult

    I know you’ve seen the memes… “Just scheduled my own doctor appointment… #Adulting” “Did the dishes before going to bed! #Adulting” And let’s not get into how #Adulting has some seriously ableist connotations… That’s another post for another day. Today, instead, I want to chat about the real reason that you might struggle with #adulting […]