you don't know how much of a nightmare this was to make

the signs as Parks and Rec quotes
  • Aries: Jogging is the worst! I know it keeps you healthy, but God, at what cost?
  • Taurus: Oh, my God. These dogs are so cute. I WANT TO THROW UP AND KILL MYSELF.
  • Gemini: I think that Comic Sans always screams 'fun'.
  • Cancer: I don't even have time to tell you how wrong you are. Actually, it's gonna bug me if I don't.
  • Leo: I have no idea what I'm doing, but I know I'm doing it really, really well.
  • Virgo: Everything in my life is going wrong right now. Whose fault is this? I demand to know.
  • Libra: I'm not interested in caring about people.
  • Scorpio: Ugh. I hate talking to people about things. This is a nightmare.
  • Sagittarius: No, no. That's too much responsibility for me. I gotta— I gotta find a way out of this.
  • Capricorn: Yes. I am a hunter, and it's 'You' season.
  • Aquarius: My anxiety has kept me up for over fifty hours.
  • Pisces: I'm hungry and my legs are tired. It feels like I just exercised!

Dear parents of autistic children,

No, your child doesn’t do weird things “for no reason”. They do it for a reason, you just don’t know it yet. You have different brains, different perspectives, so sometimes things that are obvious to them are a mystery to you. But you don’t have to ignore it and blame it on them. You can make an effort, reach out to them and figure out the reason.

Do they scream in public when it looks like everything is okay? Well, there’s probably a reason for that. Maybe the situation is overwhelming to their senses, it’s too loud, to bright, to crowded, and they need some space and time to recover. Maybe they can’t stim because other people keep telling them it looks weird, so they end up exhausted much faster. Maybe you are breaking their routine by being outside at this time. Or maybe you are going through the supermarket “the wrong way”, not how you usually do it. Maybe they forgot their comfort object at home, and just realized that. Maybe they are in pain and can’t communicate that. Maybe they are very hungry and don’t realize that yet because it’s hard for them to recognize their needs and emotions. Maybe it’s a combination of those, or something different altogether.

Either way, they probably don’t do it “for no reason”. You just don’t see the reason. Make an effort to communicate. If they are verbal, ask them. If they can’t speak with their mouth at the moment or ever, use alternative methods of communication. If they can’t explain it, consult other autistic people, including autistic adults who probably have a bunch of ideas as to why your child does that weird thing. Don’t dismiss it, don’t complain about it, don’t blame your child for doing it. Try to see the world from their perspective. Respect their needs and feelings. Learn more about autism from other autistic people.

And life will be much better and easier for both you and your child.

#YAKULEV WEEK 2015
Wednesday, August 12th–Tuesday, August 18th

yakulevweek​ is back! Starting August 12th, use the #yakulev week tag when posting your works to have them featured on the blog. Just make sure it’s in one of the first five tags, or I won’t know to reblog it. Below is a list of prompts to interpret as you wish, but feel free to ignore the daily prompt and do whatever you want.

DAY ONE (08/12)

dreams–dreams, nightmares, daydreams, fantasies, goals.

travel–trains, planes, and automobiles. vacations, road trips, journeys, exploration.

DAY TWO (08/13)

friendship–friends to lovers, lovers to friends, the relationship between one’s friends and significant other.

epistolary–collected documents. letters, notes, email, text messages, diaries.

DAY THREE (08/14)

university–all-nighters, study groups, tutoring, and way too much coffee.

romantic comedy–meet cutes and misunderstandings, overcoming obstacles to find true love.

DAY FOUR (08/15)

family–mothers, sisters, fathers, brothers, in-laws, found families.

fake relationship–pretend couples, desperately-needed dates, fake engagements, and so much pining.

DAY FIVE (08/16)

birthday–parties, presents, cake, growing older.

date night–first dates, blind dates, dinner and a movie.

DAY SIX (08/17)

doodlywhip–frickle frackle, doing it, hanky panky, and other bad euphemisms for sex.

domestic–curtains, groceries, laundry, sharing a life together.

DAY SEVEN (08/18)

whatever you want–a free space day for those who have been following the prompts to do what they like.