TWAP083: Embracing Life Autistically, With Judy Endow

You'll Learn Some Helpful Strategies

embracing life autistically

Embracing life autistically – what’s it all about?

In this episode, I talk to Judy Endow about discovering autism later in life, and how she has “made sense” of autism both for herself, and also for the clients she works with in her consulting and counseling practice.

Judy is a licensed social worker, author, and mother of three.




Twitter: JudyEndow

You’ll Learn:

  • how she discovered she is autistic, and embracing life autistically
  • her response to learning her diagnosis
  • positive aspects of being autistic
  • challenging aspects of being autistic
  • how she has dealt with executive function challenges and sensory processing issues
  • why it may be more helpful to talk about the size of a feeling than to try to identify the name of a feeling .  (You’ll also want to listen to the zones of regulation episode)
  • With escalating behaviors, study triggers and when the behavior is starting …. then try different interventions with each stage, before it gets to the point of blind rage or the point of no return.
  • How it is helpful to think about working with others’ who have blind rage as providing levels of support (instead of trying to “make them stop.”)
  • Judy’s thoughts on friendship (meeting friends in the context of your interests, work, or volunteering)


Judy’s written a number of books.

Endow, J. (2012). Learning the Hidden Curriculum: The Odyssey of One Autistic Adult. Shawnee Mission, KS: AAPC Publishing.

Endow, J. (2006). Making Lemonade: Hints for Autism’s Helpers. Cambridge, WI: CBR Press.

Endow, J. (2013). Painted Words: Aspects of Autism Translated. Cambridge, WI: CBR Press.

Endow, J. (2009). Paper Words: Discovering and Living With My Autism. Shawnee Mission, KS: AAPC Publishing.

Endow, J. (2009). The Power of Words: How we think about people with autism spectrum disorders matters! Shawnee Mission, KS: AAPC Publishing.

Endow, J. (2009c). Outsmarting Explosive Behavior: A Visual System of Support and Intervention for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Shawnee Mission, KS: AAPC Publishing.

Endow, J. (2010). Practical Solutions for Stabilizing Students With Classic Autism to Be Ready to Learn: Getting to Go. Shawnee Mission, KS: AAPC Publishing.

Myles, B. S., Endow, J., & Mayfield, M. (2013). The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job: Navigating the Social Landscape of Employment. Shawnee Mission, KS: AAPC Publishing.

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 I'm Steve Borgman.  I'm a licensed clinical professional counselor and blogger committed to bringing you hope, understanding, and solutions that you can apply to your life immediately.

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