Benjamin Kellogg



Benjamin Kellogg is a 21-year-old adult with autism. He lives in upstate New York and recently completed an Associate's degree in Arts and Humanities and Social Science, with a concentration in writing. His hobbies include participating in Special Olympics, playing piano, hanging out with his family and friends, playing videogames, and especially, enjoying good books.

Breathing Easier

My autism has created numerous difficulties in my life, many of which I have been able to overcome. However, there are still tasks that I have to learn.

Learning to Shop

For many years when my family has taken shopping trips, my primary responsibility has been to push the shopping cart. 

Emotional Intelligence

In my last column, I discussed learning the art of good conversation.

The Art of Conversation

One of my biggest challenges in life has been trying to start and carry on conversations with other people. 

The Great Outdoors

It seems to me that for all of my life, for as much as I appreciate it, I have been at odds with the natural world. 

Getting Back on the Horse

When I was a young boy, I participated in a hippotherapy program. (HIppotherapy is therapy through horseback riding.)