Upcoming events


Log in

Autism Tennessee's Blog

  • Monday, December 07, 2020 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Make your own pizza dough! (Video at bottom to follow along!)

    Supply List:

    Mixing Bowl
    Measuring Spoons
    Measuring Cups
    Rolling Pin
    Pizza Stone or Cookie Sheet/Jelly Roll Pan

    Ingredients:

    1 Cup warm water (105-110 degrees)
    1 TBS Sugar
    1 TBS Active Dry Yeast
    1 TBS Olive Oil
    2 to 2 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
    1 tsp Salt

    Directions:

    Option A: Put Pizza Stone in the oven and then heat oven to 475 degrees F. Option B: Preheat oven to 475. Then, grease a pizza pan or large jelly roll pan and set aside.

    1. Put warm water into a large mixing bowl (check the water temp 105-110 degrees).
    2. Add sugar and yeast and stir to combine.
    3. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes, or until it becomes frothy and bubbles form.
    4. Add olive oil and gently stir to combine.
    5. Add 2 cups of flour and salt and mix with a spatula until a ball begins to form (dough will still be slightly sticky). Add more flour as needed to form a dough ball.
    6. Transfer to a floured surface and knead into a smooth dough, adding up to ½ cup extra flour if needed.
    7. Roll dough into your desired shape and gently transfer to your prepared pan.
    8. To ensure the dough doesn't form air pockets, use a fork to prick the dough all around (gently so you do not poke holes all the way through the crust).
    9. Bake on the lower rack of your preheated oven for 5 minutes and remove from your oven. (this is just to very slightly prebake the dough). If you notice air bubbles forming, poke them with a fork to let the air out.
    10. Add pizza sauce and toppings of choice!
    11. Bake on the lower rack of your oven for around 15-20 minutes until the crust looks crispy and lightly browned.
    12. Let cool, cut and serve.


  • Thursday, December 03, 2020 8:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I am uploading two videos. One of them discusses preparing for a new job when you have autism. The other focuses more on moving out of state and geographic region. I try to mention how autistic people can write down things to set a routine and also mentioned how moving out of state could be an advantage based on geographic region. 
    Here's a link to  Reis' website. 



    Thank you,

    Reis Fitzsimmons

    **The views and opinions expressed in this blog are the those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views or opinions of Autism Tennessee. The author and the blog are not be held responsible for any misuse, reuse, recycled and cited and/or uncited copies of content within this blog by others. 

  • Monday, November 30, 2020 8:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2l0FJ3jH_Qs&feature=youtu.be


    This video will go into how the problem solving abilities and attention to detail of autistic people can be used to solve problems in manufacturing. This industry does highly seek autistic workers for their technical skills, focus on routine, and detail-oriented nature. 

    Thank you, 

    Reis Fitzsimmons

    **The views and opinions expressed in this blog are the those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views or opinions of Autism Tennessee. The author and the blog are not be held responsible for any misuse, reuse, recycled and cited and/or uncited copies of content within this blog by others.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2020 9:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient in you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.” Paul. II Corinthians 12:9

    Recently, my daughter Allison and I attended a baby shower. It was a Harry Potter theme. I don’t know much about Harry Potter, but I was so impressed, from the food to the decorations, how they weaved everything into their theme. What a creative gift they had. ❤ As I sat my present on the table, I realized how my simple wrapping paled in comparison to the other gifts. When I mentioned it to Allison, she giggled and agreed with me, noting these kinds of things weren’t my best skill. 

    Here’s the thing. There’s a whole lot of things I’m not good at. I can cook enough to keep my family fed, but no one chases me down for recipe ideas. I dress appropriately for the weather, but have no idea whether or not I’m in style. I can stand on a stage, sing, and speak to countless people about subjects I’m familiar with, but making one on one small talk can be a bit uncomfortable for me. Truth - I am a little quirky and socially awkward.

    I could go on and on about the things I’m not able to do well. But I know God made me like He made me for reason. I believe God equips each of us specifically for what He’s called us to. Knowing this keeps me looking up, because I want to accomplish everything He’s called me to and nothing He hasn’t. Knowing this helps me celebrate what others are able to accomplish, without feeling less. No one is meant to do everything well. We need each other. We need each other’s gifts.

    I’m not saying I don’t get disappointed at times, especially when I feel like I’ve been on the shelf for quite a while or I’ve missed the mark. But I do believe in a God’s timing and His perfect love. He has delighted me on numerous occasions with the accomplishments He’s allowed me to be a part of.

    I will to continue to boast about everything I’m not, because I am amazed and grateful for all our God is.

    Until next time,

    Know the Hope! Really!! 

    Tammy Vice


    Disclaimer: **The views and opinions expressed in this blog are the those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views or opinions of Autism Tennessee. The author and the blog are not be held responsible for any misuse, reuse, recycled and cited and/or uncited copies of content within this blog by others.


  • Thursday, October 22, 2020 9:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    “... I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live,”


    ‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭30:19‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

    The other day, I asked Morgan what she wanted for lunch. Her answer was “How about food?”.   This was not sarcasm. This is her autism. Where many of us are grateful to be given choices, it causes her a great deal of anxiety. Why? The answers to some questions are infinite. I believe she’s actually afraid of giving the wrong answer. Morgan still doesn’t understand that her choice is just that, Her Choice. If I can ever get her to understand that, I believe it will free her from a lot of the anxiety choices cause her.

    As I’ve worked with Morgan for several years on this life skill, I’ve come to realize just how important choices are for all of us. They give us independence and freedom. At the same time, they come with responsibility and consequences. Good ones build us up and bad ones tear us down. Hopefully, as we mature, we learn to make choices that are not only good for us, but respectful of others. When others respect us, they allow us to make choices too.

    Everyone deserves the right to make choices to the extent they are able. Often times, the choices of individuals with disabilities are overlooked. Whenever we assume we know what’s best for anyone without offering them a voice, we may not realize it, but we’re being dismissive of that person. On several occasions, when I thought I knew exactly what Morgan wanted, but gave her the option, I found out I was wrong. 

    God loves us so much that Even He Allows us to CHOOSE Him. If that decision was forced, it would mean nothing. As much as I want others to believe as I do, I have to remember that every person has the right to make their own decisions. My Individual Joy and Confidence in what I believe comes from knowing I’ve been given a choice, and I choose Him.

    I will continue to offer Morgan every choice I can, working with her through the anxiety and OCD, because more that anything, I want her to find her own voice, her own joy.

    **The views and opinions expressed in this blog are the those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views or opinions of Autism Tennessee. The author and the blog are not be held responsible for any misuse, reuse, recycled and cited and/or uncited copies of content within this blog by others.

  • Friday, October 02, 2020 9:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    This video is special because it indicates to employers how hiring an autistic candidate can come to an advantage. One that I have not discussed before is that high-functioning autistics can remember random facts or absorb and retain large amounts of information and data. For example, I would not say that an autistic might do well in sales or marketing. However, they would more likely succeed as a data analyst, proofreader, or lab technician. Please let me know what you think of this one. 

    Thank you, 

    Reis Fitzsimmons 

    **The views and opinions expressed in this blog are the those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views or opinions of Autism Tennessee. The author and the blog are not be held responsible for any misuse, reuse, recycled and cited and/or uncited copies of content within this blog by others.


  • Monday, September 28, 2020 10:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ‬‬”Peace is a concept of societal friendship and harmony in the absence of hostility and violence. In a social sense, peace is commonly used to mean a lack of conflict (such as war) and freedom from fear of violence between individuals or groups.”

    Morgan and I looked up the word PEACE for an art project she was asked to do for Borderless Arts TN. The word she picked up on in our reading was “Friendship”.

    There are so many things I want to teach Morgan, so many things I want her to understand about the world around her. At the same time, I’m thankful for her people perspective. Regardless of race, religion or politics, she refers to all people as “friends”.

    Until Next Time,

    Peace,

    Mom & Morgan

    The views and opinions expressed in this blog are the those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views or opinions of Autism Tennessee. The author and the blog are not be held responsible for any misuse, reuse, recycled and cited and/or uncited copies of content within this blog by others.

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020 9:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This video shows how I relate to sensory overload and how autistic kids and adults have trouble with their environment sometimes. They can be sensitive to bright lights, loud sounds, or lack of social understanding. 


    Thank you

    Reis Fitzsimmons

    **The views and opinions expressed in this blog are the those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views or opinions of Autism Tennessee. The author and the blog are not be held responsible for any misuse, reuse, recycled and cited and/or uncited copies of content within this blog by others.


  • Monday, August 31, 2020 2:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    **The views and opinions expressed in this blog are the those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views or opinions of Autism Tennessee. The author and the blog are not be held responsible for any misuse, reuse, recycled and cited and/or uncited copies of content within this blog by others.


  • Monday, July 27, 2020 9:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down their life for his friends." John 15:13 HCSB

    It's one thing to give of ourselves to family or friends, but to put our life on the line for someone we don't even know,... THAT'S A HERO. We've all witnessed the scenes, heard the stories, of healthcare workers who've gone above and beyond to care for Our families, Our friends.

    One picture that brought reality home for me was the 164 pairs of nurses shoes placed on The White House Lawn, representing those who have given their lives caring for our loved ones.

    Bringing empty shoes to honor the dead, nurses descend on CapitolNational Nurses United installed a memorial to honor the more than 160 nurses who have died from COVID-19. Nurses are demanding the Senate act now to pass the HEROES Act and ensure optimal PPE for frontline health care workers. | Rick Reinhard / NNU

    Recently, I was asked by my friend Melanie Walker to help her write a song for an annual program for healthcare workers called Blessing of the Hands. We thought about the length of time they've been tirelessly giving of themselves. When it all started there was lots of gratitude shown. Now it has somehow become what we expect of heroes. Melanie wanted this to be a song of prayer, as it should be. To the only One who truly knows their hearts, their needs, their humanity. To the only One who can heal them everywhere they hurt, this is our plea.

    Here is the link to the video, Heroes Are Human Too. Below are the lyrics, If you know a hero who needs this, Please share.

    Heroes are Human Too by Melanie Walker and Tammy Vice © May ‘20

    They take the lead when others fear

    Brave our battles, wipe our tears

    You see each struggle they go through

    You know heroes are human too

    Bless thlabor of their hands

    She’s just a woman.  He’s just a man

    Bless the labor of their hands

    She’s just a woman, Lord.  He’s just a man

    Your arms are always open wide

    Shelter them and be their guide

    When they feel they are not enough

    Remind them just how much they’re loved

    Bless thlabor of their hands

    She’s just a woman.  He’s just a man

    Bless the labor of their hands

    She’s just a woman, Lord.  He’s just a man

    Give them wisdom.  Give them strength

    We pray that they may know Your peace

    Bless the labor of their hands

    She’s just a woman.  He’s just a man

    Bless the labor of their hands

    She’s just a woman, Lord.  He’s just a man

    You see each struggle they go through. 

    You know heroes are human too

    "This is how God showed his love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." 1 John 4:9-11

    Until Next Time,

    Know The Hope!

    Tammy Vice


    The views and opinions expressed in this blog are the those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views or opinions of Autism Tennessee. The author and the blog are not be held responsible for any misuse, reuse, recycled and cited and/or uncited copies of content within this blog by others.

HelpLine: 
(615) 385-2077
Address:
955 Woodland St
Nashvillle, TN 37206

Click Here for Crisis Chat Now
(service provided by Family and Children's
Services)

Autism Tennessee, legal name ASMT, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and donations are tax deductible. This statement is not intended to be tax advice.
100% of donations stay in Middle Tennessee to provide Support, Education, and Advocacy for the autism community. 
Tax ID # 27-1003749
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software