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Living Arrangements

Personal Space Conflict and Strategies for ASD Children and their Siblings

The greatest conflict in our home was our ASD son's invasion of personal and physical spaces of his siblings and parents. He either invaded the personal space surrounding his siblings or he violated their rooms to take things that did not belong to him. He clearly knew he should not do this because when he hid them in his room, he hid them incredibly well. Thus, I learned how to become a master sleuth.

Developing independence

When our high-functioning ASD son was 16, we realized that we needed to begin to support him for adulthood and needed to provide him opporunities for independence. Given that our home was tucked back on a private road shared by 7 homes, we were comfortable with his being alone for short periods of time (up to one hour). Our goal for our son since he was about 14 was to help him develop living and vocational skills towards his future indepenence.


My daughter came home for the holiday from her group home. She was in good spirits. I swear she has grown a foot in the last year. When I went to pick her up I noticed that there is another bed in her bedroom. Obviously she has gained a roomate and no one has informed me of this change. This bothers me somewhat. I think more that I was not notified more than her sharing a room. She has never shared a room before. The house had told me that her sleeping has been a bit off. She also has had med changes in the last few weeks and that was my assumption for the sleep issues.


It's been a while since I posted anything anywhere. Life's been even more crazy than usual. I posted this to my public blog, and thought I'd cross-post here.

It’s times like these that I always default to the plaintive cry of Rodney King: “Can we all just get along?”

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Maverick Mama January 2010

The Group Home Chronicles Continue: "Is your son or daughter still 'yours' if he or she moves into a group home."

This issue and others will be discussed as Barbara Fischkin, Autism One Radio's Maverick Mama Chronicles her 22 -year-old son with autism and his experiences in his first year in a group home. It''s not all dour. Some funny, uplifting tales, too.

Maverick Mama: Multiple Meltdowns - Group Home Chronicles Part two

Multiple Meltdowns / Group Home Chronicles - Part two