An Autistic Perspective – Stimming & Masking

Those stims that I do when I’m trying to be quiet and still, and not disruptive, tend to actually be stims that aren’t very good for me, like ripping off my fingernails, and things that hurt.  So, it’s much better to let my body just stim naturally. Continue reading An Autistic Perspective – Stimming & Masking

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

Autism Tales & Stories – The Ugly Duckling

The ugly duckling grew up believing – falsely – that he was an ugly or defective duck.  Eventually the “duckling” learned he wasn’t a duck at all.  In the end, the duckling was a perfectly “normal” “average” swan and this knowledge set him free. Continue reading Autism Tales & Stories – The Ugly Duckling

An Autistic Perspective – Non-Autistic Parents & the Neurodiversity Movement

When I do a video, I just kind of try to think “What would I have wanted the adults and teachers and parents around me to have known when I was growing up (undiagnosed)?”  Continue reading An Autistic Perspective – Non-Autistic Parents & the Neurodiversity Movement

An Autistic Perspective – Stim Suppression

When I can’t move at all, I start to get this really heavy tension in my body.  I get tension in my shoulders.  I get tension in my jaw.  I get tension in my neck and my legs.  I hold my body hard and tight and stiff just to keep myself from moving, and it feels horrible. Continue reading An Autistic Perspective – Stim Suppression

An Autistic Perspective – Disclosing & Accommodations

At first, some people may feel the urge to run around and tell everybody this new information when they find out they’re autistic.  However, disclosing can be very tricky, especially in the workplace. Continue reading An Autistic Perspective – Disclosing & Accommodations

10 Reasons We Need Autistic Pride

Autistic Pride isn’t just about celebrating who we are. It’s also about coming together, remembering those we’ve lost, and working together towards a brighter future for future generations of autistic and other neurodivergent people. Continue reading 10 Reasons We Need Autistic Pride

An Autistic Perspective – Autism & Gluten Free Diets

Nobody is pleasant to be around when they’re not feeling well.  So, if the autistic person in your life is more pleasant to be around when they’re on the gluten free diet because they have a gluten sensitivity, it’s not that they are less autistic.  Continue reading An Autistic Perspective – Autism & Gluten Free Diets

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