Autism & Mental Health – Do ALL Autistic People Have Anxiety?

Many Autistic people have clinically elevated levels of anxiety or at least one anxiety disorder – OCD, GAD, Social Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, or other Specific Phobia. Continue reading Autism & Mental Health – Do ALL Autistic People Have Anxiety?

Stimming & Autistic Movement – An Autistic Perspective (Live Video Replay w/Transcript & CC)

If I am relaxed, I am just moving. It is my natural ebb and flow. Stimming is like breathing. It just happens and trying to be still is like holding my breath. Continue reading Stimming & Autistic Movement – An Autistic Perspective (Live Video Replay w/Transcript & CC)

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

Talking About Autism and Masking – #TakeTheMaskOff

It was a true honor to be able to have such an important conversation with some amazing #actuallyautistic advocates. This summer we want to encourage autistic people everywhere to talk about how masking impacts their lives using the tag #TakeTheMaskOff … Continue reading Talking About Autism and 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