Are you like me? You find an interesting article or something you want to try, but you don’t have the time in that moment and you promise yourself you’ll remember where you saw it. Then, days, hours, (even minutes) later, you forget it entirely, or can’t remember where you saw it. Sound familiar?
Being a caregiver of a loved one on the Autism Spectrum is overwhelming. I know and that’s why I started MAP. I have spent years working with professionals, researching, investigating and trying new things to help Maci have a better life. MAP is my way of sharing all this information so that you can benefit from my experience.
As MAP’s library of resources has grown, we’ve added more and more categories to try to make it easier to find what you need when you need it. But, I also know that everything in our library may not be applicable to your life. So, I started thinking, how can I help people build their own MAP – using my resources and others?
The answer was really quite simple and already baked in to our resource library posts: Pinterest. If you aren’t familiar or haven’t used Pinterest, it’s a simple way to organize things you see on the internet that you like. It’s often associated with crafts and home improvement projects, but it can be so much more.
With Pinterest, you create what they refer to as “boards.” You “pin” things you find to these boards. You can associate notes to these pins so you remember why you pinned it in the first place. You can have multiple boards on multiple topics. You can have sub-categories under main topics. You can share with others what you have pinned.
Here’s how it would work with MAP:
- Create your Pinterest Account
- Find a MAP resources you want to always have access to and click the Pinterest icon
3. A pop up will appear that will ask you if you want to save the pin. If you do, another pop up will appear and ask you to save it to a board you have or create a new one. We created a board called “MAP.”
4. When you select the board you want to add a pin to and say “see it now” in your options, it will give you the chance to add information. You can add private notes to yourself, or comments that others can see publicly. Click “save” when you are done and viola! All you ever need to remember is that you can find this resource again on Pinterest.
As you get more and more pins (again, you can pin from anywhere on the internet, not just MAP!), you can start to build out your page into sub-categories so you can stay organized.
Now you have your own MAP – tailored just to you and the resources and information you need. Try it and let us know how it works for you. Oh, and if you have a go-to resource that you didn’t find on MAP, we’d love you to share it with us. We make it easy for you to do that as well. From the MAP main navigation menu, select “Help MAP” and “Submit a resource.” We have a simple form that you can fill out so we can check out your information.
This is how we make lives better. Helping each other navigate this sometimes overwhelming and lonely journey.
p.s. I also invite you to check out our Facebook group MAP – Navigate Autism Together. It’s a place where caregivers can share successes, challenges and life experiences. A place to know you’re not alone. Please join us!
Marikay Cuthill is mother of Maci, a vibrant, curious 15-year-old on the Autism Spectrum, and the founder of Maci And Pebble, a community dedicated to helping people navigate autism by finding answers, direction and peace of mind. Learn more at www.maciandpebble.com
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