Blog Archive

All of the blog posts, neatly arrange by year and category… neat

Archive of: 2015

Starting 2016 Positively.


I took a 2 and a half week break from sleeping in my flat over Christmas and the new year. Today it is Thursday (and new years eve) so heres a short update on our plans for next week.

Burnout. Abort.


Last week was pretty rough. I went into the week exhausted and the burn out really set in. After two days of managing meltdowns and massive amounts of anxiety I aborted my flat to go stay with friends.

Positive not optimistic


My independent life in 2015


What do independence look like in 2015 and what do I think will happen in 2016

3 tips Autism friendly Christmas.


Adults and children on the spectrum alike both struggle with some aspects of Christmas.

Here are 3 tips for helping things go smoothing on the day and in the run up.



This post is going to be bullet brief. I just need to get it written! This is the 5th or 6th draft.

Medication is Scary...


Will medication help me when i am not in fact ill.

Just keep swimming.


For this weeks update I am not going to talk so much about what is happening and instead focus on how I am feeling.

I am feeling really weird at the moment. There is lots going on.

Accepting my autism: Hiding under the table.


I hid under a table in the pub last night. Here’s why and what I think about it the morning after.

Double Update


I have written this update multiple times, but its never got published! So here’s a short version.

Things are going well. Were establishing routines and there are plenty of small achievements along the way.

Coming out autistic


it’s 1am on the 16th of November 2015 and I have made a decision.

All about being spaced out (aka derp)


Something i have been asked a few times is to explain what i mean by spaced out. Or as we often call it, “the Derp”. So thats the aim of this post.

Building Tall Towers.


An overview of this weeks achievements and some plans for next week.

Steady as she goes.


A review of the achievements and challenges of week 5 and an overview of the highlights and planned adventures of week 6.

Focusing on speech.


Refocusing on routine and structure with the hope it brings better sleep and speech. Taking a 2 week break from nights sleeping alone.

Hedgehog model of autism


I’m still figuring out my identity a bit. So here’s a bash at a model of my Autism based on age & hedgehogs.



Today i observed that I do best when I am ‘taken’ to do things. Rather than doing things ‘with’ someone.

It’s a subtle difference but important. This post explores the differences and applies it to other concepts.

New routine, small achievements adding up


It’s Sunday which means this is the start of my forth week in my new flat.

This post is a quick summery of where we are so far with new things plus a run down of this weeks achievements.

Travel things.


It’s been a busy few days. Traveling up to Salford from london for work meetings.

Here are some notes.

A Plan Comes Together.


We’re about midway through my third week in my new flat so time for an update on how it’s going. This week we have a new babysitter and my first work travel for a while.

Going Solo


First week in the new flat has gone pretty well. This post talks about the goals and plans and presents the case for a slightly different form of indepedence

And we're in. Now the hard bit starts.


The move, the first night, the first morning a bit about shutdowns and a funny comment about antelope.

Squease vest first impressions.


The very lovely people at Squeezy have agreed to lend me one of their jackets for a few weeks so I can see if it works for me and to write a review.

I have had it a couple of days, and I wanted to get my first impressions down while they were fresh.

Factors of support.


What factors should I use when i asses support? How do they interrelate and what patterns are there? Read on for my thoughts so far.

All Change.


I have tried a week back in Harrow but its not worked out. So here’s out new plan. A BIG change. But hopefully it makes the challenge a bit easy.

Exciting, scary, awesome. It’s all of the above.

A big update! (Health, Getting Out & Support Changes)


A series of updates on my health, my progress and how my support structure is evolving.

Welcome To Spaced

Posted Auism

Welcome to spaced out and smiling. The aim of this blog is to give insight into some of the more positive side of autism

Using defaults to manage anxiety


In this post I talk about how I approach managing my timetable and some of the changes we have adopted as time has passed.

Spoons in brief


What are spoons, where did the come from and how do I use them?

Autism and my senses.


An overview of how my sense work and some of the ways I approach managing them. (For the cleaned up more focus version. Look in (Tips & Techniques)[/tips]

Autism and my identity


I’m going to try and write a post a day about autism for world autism awareness week. This post is the first. Today I’m going to write about the concept of my autistic identity.

Ear Defenders.


I put off buying ear defenders for years and years. I aways considered them ‘too autistic’ for me. To embarrassing. I would just endure loudness or use my hands. This post details my experiences with them.


Spaced Out & Smiling is about exploring the fun side of Autism, and trying to understand what it means to be Autistically Happy.

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