If you were a child and you were getting scolded and you got in trouble for having meltdowns you may have learned to turn all that in on yourself and learn to shut down instead of melting down. Continue reading Autism & Shutdowns – How They Differ from Autistic Meltdowns
There is a rumor that autistic people cannot or never give eye contact and that may be true for some autistic people, but that is not always the case. Continue reading Can Autistic People Make Eye Contact?
Last week we talked about self-diagnosis this week, I’m going to share with you some information about my own personal diagnosis journey and what that experience was like for me personally. Continue reading My Late Autism Diagnosis Journey
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
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)
I don’t want to talk to anybody. I become total recluse. I have no energy. I become basically a zombie, like a hollow shell of myself, and I am just on autopilot. And basically in that burnout stage, I can manage to kind of keep my life coasting along, but I’m really only getting just the bare minimum things of life essentials done and life’s bare minimum. Continue reading What is Autistic Burnout? What CAUSES Autistic Burnout?
The minute I hear a new word, I instantly repeat it back out loud. I often don’t even realize I’ve done this… Continue reading Autistic Speech Patterns – Echolalia, Palilalia, & Verbal Stimming
I was so excited when I found out about stimming because I am a very, very stimmy autistic person and it was really great to learn more about something that has always been a very big part of my life. Continue reading What IS Stimming? – All About Autistic Stimming (with examples & a word about self-harm & stims)
An intimate look inside the mind of an autistic person, Rosie’s story shows the hidden truth that many autistic people know. How invisible our differences and struggles often are. I can’t praise this book highly enough! Continue reading My Autistic Fight Song by Rosie Weldon – Neurodivergent Book Reviews
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)