Krista Shuler-Autism Advocate
Welcome to the roller coaster ride called autism, my name is Krista Shuler and I will be guiding you along your journey today!!
My name is Krista Shuler, when I was 17 years old I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome or high functioning autism even though I had been struggling with it my whole life. You see when I was a child I was on a gluten free, casein free diet because they suspected that I had celiac disease which is an allergy to wheat. When I was 17 however I decided to have a challenge done to see if this was still true and it wasn't. Up until now I had been given the diagnosis in school of ADD/ADHD and socially awkward because back when I was in school if you could talk then you weren't autistic and it was quite obvious that I could talk. My mother and father kept pushing for retesting every few years because I was always getting notes home even in preschool that stated "Does great with computers, Does not interact with others." It would take 12 years of school but I would be led back to the same classroom where that first note came home to get my diagnosis. You see shortly after the challenge revealed that I wasn't allergic to wheat I decided that I was going to enjoy myself for the first time in 16 years, or so I thought, I did not know it would cause me to lose all the progress that I had apparently made over those 16 years. In one week I became aggressive with my teacher, I forgot how to follow basic instructions like washing a table, and I forgot how to hold a conversation with another person. The result of that was her asking for my removal from the class, this however was an observation class and the child that I had been asked to observe in the same classroom where I had went to preschool and received the note home that said "Does great with computers, Does not interact with others." The child that I was observing had a clinical diagnosis of autism and I thought to myself I am acting exactly like this little boy. That day I sat down with the director for the autism classroom at our school and my mother and I said to them I need to be tested for autism. After two long months of testing I was finally given an answer to why I was different, not because I was socially awkward, not because I was delayed, but because I had Asperger's Syndrome. It finally all made sense, now it was up to me what I was going to do about it! At first, it did really depress me because I thought I was not going to be able to reach any of the dreams I had set for myself and then I decided I was meeting my dreams before my diagnosis what is different now? So I stopped looking at it as a bad thing and started embracing it. It is still a challenge every day but I have to look at it two ways I can use what I have been through to help people that are going through it now, or I can let my past destroy my future. I REFUSE TO BE A STATISTIC AND LET MY PAST DESTROY MY FUTURE SO HERE I AM!! How can I help you on this wonderful, confusing, twisting roller coaster ride of Autism?
How Can I Help You
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Finding services and support in your area.
Are you interested in finding ways for your loved one to interact with other people their own age? Just tell me where you live and i can help you find many different ways in which they can do that.
Need help with figuring out what the rules are for ssi and ssdi in your state and how to apply? I can help you with that.
Need help with homeschooling your child but you are not sure where to start? I can help you find the resources in your state and help you set up a curriculum for your child.
Advice and a listening ear
Is your loved one having a meltdown and you can't figure out why? I am available to help you figure out what triggers your loved one and brainstorm ways to calm them down.
Want to understand your loved ones response to sensory issues better? I have videos that will help you step into their world so you can see what it is like for them. Once you understand what they are going through we can better understand how to help them manage and navigate the world a little better.