Blogs

Forging Bonds: A Metalworking Workshop with My Dad

Penny and her dad spent time bonding together at an old-fashioned metalsmith where they made two knives by hand. Penny shares her joy in creating memories with her dad.

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Why I Prefer Texting as Someone with Autism

There are many ways to keep in contact with others, including texting. Penny blogs about how she mainly texts with other people. While there are negatives to it, she prefers this method of communication as someone on the spectrum.

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Being a Part of the Autism Community

Penny often used to feel different from her peers before she got her autism diagnosis. After she received it, she was able join two autism groups that she really enjoys a lot, where she feels heard and understood. She's proud to be a member of this fantastic community!

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Overcoming Tax Intimidation

Penny blogs about her experience with taxes. While she was living at home her dad would do the family taxes. Flashforward a few years and Penny has decided to do her own taxes for the first time this year!

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Dirty to Decent: A Dishwashing Story

Most people, including Penny, don't like to wash dishes by hand. Even as a kid, she disliked dirty dishes. However, these days she has found ways to make washing the dishes easier and more pleasant.

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Battling Burnout by Embracing Rest

Penny's blog describes how sensory overload often causes her to feel anxious and drained, sometimes leading to burnout. She blogs about how keeping up with social expectations can be overwhelming. Penny highlights the ways she can take care of herself and recharge as well.

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How I Stopped Being a Grinch and Started Decorating for Christmas

Penny enjoys seeing people's Christmas decorations a lot. However, she finds it overwhelming to put decorations up in her own space. She decided to start shopping for inflatable Christmas decorations. It took two weeks to find the perfect one. Setting it up helped her truly understand the joy of decorating for the Christmas season.

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The Super Spartan: 6 Miles of Teamwork and Triumph

Penny pushes herself to complete a 10k "Super Spartan" in the fall of 2023. A Super Spartan race is a 10k outdoor running course boasting 25 unique, grueling obstacles. Check out this blog to find out how Penny and her teammates complete this strenuous challenge!

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Let’s Befriend Some Extraterrestrials

Penny reacts to the government confirmation that Aliens exist. If she had the opportunity to become the alien's guide to earth life, she shares what she would do to help the alien fit in and integrate into society.

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From Scar to Story

While doing a sewing task, Penny accidently burns herself with her iron. She writes about the aftermath and her thoughtful take-away from this incident. Check out this blog to learn more about Penny!

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Girl VS Grass

Penny was putting off mowing the grass due to lack of experience and anxiety. She decides to try and do a little at a time. Click below to find out the outcome of her lawn mowing efforts!

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Cereal Bowls and Blogging

This blog is about how hard it can be to blog for other people. Trying new things can be overwhelming and stressful for everyone. We get to look over Penny's shoulder as she decides what to blog about in her second blog for ASDNext.

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Meet Penny: Life, Cameras, Action!

We welcome Penny, a new blogger, to ASDNext. Penny blogs about feeling like the funny sidekick and having to mask who she was all the time. Penny writes “Emulating my peers was exhausting. I lost and suppressed my most authentic self to character portrayal. I questioned, who did I REALLY want to be?" She learns this is called masking and that she has autism. This understanding helped Penny decide to become the main character of her life story.

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