An Autistic Perspective – What is Autistic Masking? #TakeTheMaskOff

I was honored to be invited into the #TakeTheMaskOff conversation on Facebook earlier this week. Our one hour long live video inspired the video below. This week I talk about my personal experience with autistic masking – sometimes referred to … Continue reading An Autistic Perspective – What is Autistic Masking? #TakeTheMaskOff

Why Do Autistic People Repeat Words & Phrases? What’s Echolalia? – An Autistic Perspective

I sing song things a *lot*. I make up little songs constantly. It’s just all these little—little things that are just natural parts of my communication when I just relax and am myself…that’ve just always kind of been part of me. I can turn it all off…sometimes. I can’t—no, I can turn it off. I can turn it off because I turn it off when I go to work. You know, there’s my home self and my work self and when I was in school there was my school self and and my home self. And work “me” is… (shrugs) very professional and different (laughs) than home “me”. And it’s not even like—I don’t know. It’s not even conscious at this point; it’s just like a switch. Continue reading Why Do Autistic People Repeat Words & Phrases? What’s Echolalia? – An Autistic Perspective

Bullying in the #ActuallyAutistic Community

It is really disheartening. The amount of bullying…and…lashing out… and nastiness…that I am seeing and that I have seen the last few weeks and months within the online autism community. It really makes me sad that people are putting so much time and energy and effort into tearing each other down instead of lifting each other up. Continue reading Bullying in the #ActuallyAutistic Community