Autistic Mental Health – Neurodivergent Rebel with Haley Moss & Paul Austin

Hey everybody, this is Christa Holmans, Neurodivergent Rebel here and may is mental health awareness month. And however, you know, autistic mental health can differ from non-autistic mental health for a few reasons. And today I am back with Paul Austin, our resident “NT” and Haley Moss, who is the first openly autistic lawyer in Florida, to digest this issue. Continue reading Autistic Mental Health – Neurodivergent Rebel with Haley Moss & Paul Austin

Neurotypical Questions – How Can I Be a Better Ally to Autistic People? – Christa Holmans (Neurodivergent Rebel) & Paul Austin (IBM)

We are going to dive in and have a little chat because Paul and I were talking about the importance of having awesome allies and how you can be a good ally to autistic and neurodivergent people, and Paul has some really good questions.  Continue reading Neurotypical Questions – How Can I Be a Better Ally to Autistic People? – Christa Holmans (Neurodivergent Rebel) & Paul Austin (IBM)

An Autistic Entering the Workforce (Book Preview)

Part of my autistic experience is being addicted to knowledge. If I’m interested in something, it is all I think about. My brain is sometimes impossible to turn off. When harnessed correctly, this attribute is what managers often like most about me. When I was a young adult, managing fast food was what I wanted to do more than anything else. I was hungry for all the training I could get.  Continue reading An Autistic Entering the Workforce (Book Preview)

An Autistic Guide to Unmasking Abusive & Manipulative People

People sometimes use TRAUMA as an excuse hurt other people. Just because you went through some shit, that doesn’t give you a free pass to LASH out at others. Continue reading An Autistic Guide to Unmasking Abusive & Manipulative People

Managing Anxiety & Panic Attacks – an Autistic Perspective

If it’s really bad, I’ll start touching my chair with my hand next to me.  I might close my eyes and listen to the sounds in the room around me.  I will probably count and do breathing exercises.  Continue reading Managing Anxiety & Panic Attacks – an Autistic Perspective

Anxiety and Autism/Neurodiversity Issues on The Anxious Truth Podcast

This week I had the pleasure of being invited into The Anxious Truth Podcast. We discuss some of the overlapping issues found in both anxiety disorders and autism and other neurodivergent conditions such as ADHD.  Continue reading Anxiety and Autism/Neurodiversity Issues on The Anxious Truth Podcast

Autistic Stimming – My First Chewy Necklace

And now I’m engaging in a behaviour that is better for my health.  I’m a little self-conscious, I need to admit, that I am an adult chewing on something, but I’m going to get over that because this is just so much better for me than biting holes in my lips and mouth. Continue reading Autistic Stimming – My First Chewy Necklace

The Autistic Sensory Spectrum – Featuring Stimming: The great, the good, and the ugly

The Autistic Sensory Spectrum – Live at Honestly Autism Day 2019 – talking about Stimmig, Sensory Processing, Regulation, and Harmful Stims   Transcription Christa Holmans: Um, so, I’m, thank you so much for being here today. Uh, my name is Christa Holmans, … Continue reading The Autistic Sensory Spectrum – Featuring Stimming: The great, the good, and the ugly

Interviewing Myself – Disclosing Autism During a Job Interview

I want to say that this might not be right for everyone.  There are just some situations where unfortunately, for one reason or another, it just may not be safe for someone to be openly autistic because there are still plenty of stigma and misinformation out there.  But those of us who are able to be openly autistic, it’s important because we do need to correct that misinformation.  And just by existing and being honest and open with the world, we have the opportunity to do that.  Continue reading Interviewing Myself – Disclosing Autism During a Job Interview