Trigger warning: This article contains information about experiencing a panic attack and/or mental health which may be triggering to survivors.
Have You Ever Struggled With A School-Related Panic Attack?
I’ve had times when I was seriously stressing over grades, and it was not pretty. I had a panic attack.
For me it was organic chemistry.
The first time around.
There came a point in the semester when my grade in the class was so low I experienced a panic attack. Sadly, I had convinced myself my academic life was over because I was doing so poorly. I had incredible tutoring from a Chemistry graduate student–sometimes even tutors need tutors! But by the time I discovered his classes, it was too late in the semester. Continue reading “Have You Ever Struggled With A School-Related Panic Attack?”
For individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and very young children, a big get together can sometimes be a time of stress and severe discomfort. Unfortunately, get togethers come along pretty regularly throughout the year. There’s multiple birthdays, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. It may not really occur to us, but the holidays can be a very uncomfortable time for many, especially kids. Continue reading “A Big Get Together May Be Dangerous To Your Child”
Ok… I have some thoughts on being a nerd. Almost every time I’m meeting a new student, at some point in our first few sessions I tell them I’m nerdy, dorky and geeky. They’re going to figure it out pretty quickly anyway, I’m not good at hiding it. And I wouldn’t want to hide it anyway. Like I tell my students, “nerdy” is just a word bullies use to make you feel bad about being smart. In reality, being told that you’re smart and like intellectual things is a compliment. Look at me, I love math, prefer printed books over Kindles, use paper-and-pencil planners instead of using my phone, wear onesies pretty much every minute that I’m home, and own 9 fountain pens. I have a pretty serious obsession with Microsoft Excel (a spreadsheet processor) and love Star Trek and Pixar movies. Not only am I sort of a nerd, but I even surround myself with dorky people. My best friend is a chemist and my fiance not only runs his own server, but also runs Linux on one of the computers has has put together from spare parts. Continue reading “Nerd(y) Girl Secrets Finally Exposed”