a screenshot from a Zoom with Lyric and Asiatu. Asiatu is pointing at the word FUCK above them on the wall smiling, and Lyric is clapping and also smiling.

A Conversation with Asiatu Lawoyin

One of my favorite people on the internet: Asiatu Lawoyin

CW/TW: ABA/Conversation Therapy/Autistic Abuse/ Suicidal ideation/mental health/trauma Continue reading A Conversation with Asiatu Lawoyin

Autistic and NeuroDivergent Masking – Help! I Don’t Know How to Unmask

NeuroDivergent masking is when a NeuroDivergent Person, a person who is brain may be Autistic, ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, OCD, et cetera. Is masking or hiding that NeuroDivergence, in order to blend in and appear more NeuroTypical. Continue reading Autistic and NeuroDivergent Masking – Help! I Don’t Know How to Unmask

Late Autistic Discovery – What Happened During My Autism Assessment?

Lyric here, and today, I want to talk about what happens during an autism assessment, and I’m just going to be sharing what happened during my autism assessment, because obviously I’ve only been through one of those. If you would like to know what that was like, please do stay tuned.
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Why are Autism Diagnostic Numbers Increasing?

Hey humans, Lyric here, and this week I’m going to be talking about why autism numbers have been going up over the past several years, and why there IS NO Autism Epidemic and this, actually, is a good thing.
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Why Autistic and NeuroDivergent People May Not See Themselves in the Autism Diagnostic Criteria

This day, to day. This week, I am going to be talking about why some people do not see themselves in the diagnostic criteria for autism and other different forms of NeuroDiversity and things that are in that diagnostic manual.

NeuroDivergent People aren’t in control of our own narrative & the diagnostic manuals are one way the NeuroTypicals control the narratives around NeuroDivergent People. Continue reading Why Autistic and NeuroDivergent People May Not See Themselves in the Autism Diagnostic Criteria

How NeuroDivergent Masking and Burnout Can Become a Perpetual Cycle

DHD, OCD, whatver… is pressured to hide the parts of them that would out them as having a different brain –  So some NeuroDivergent people learn to hide those struggles and those differences, in order to appear more NeuroTypical. Continue reading How NeuroDivergent Masking and Burnout Can Become a Perpetual Cycle

Why I Left Behaviorism Behind & Quit Dog Training

All right. I did a post on Facebook recently, talking about how I used to be a dog trainer and how I used to really, really love behaviorism, believe it or not.

I am a reformed behaviorist. I no longer use behaviorism on animals, and now my focus is entirely on teaching the animals around me to communicate with me, and that I am a safe person and how to get their needs met.

So has been quite a change, and you wanted to hear more about that. So those of you that asked for this video, or if you’re curious now… please stay tuned. Continue reading Why I Left Behaviorism Behind & Quit Dog Training

Autism & Obsessive Behavior – Why I Can’t Always Let things Go as an Autistic Person

This week, I’m going to be sharing something I know a bit about personally, and that is being Autistic, and having the tendency to obsess over things, and not be able to let things go.
This can be a bad thing, however, we don’t talk about how this can also be a good thing, so I’m going to talk this week about how being obsessive is, neither a good or a bad thing, it’s just simply part of my, personal, Autistic Experience.
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Things I Didn’t Realize Were Related to Being Autistic Before I Was Diagnosed “with Autism”

Alrighty. Hey, Humans, Lyric here, the NeuroDivergent Rebel. I didn’t know I was Autistic for the first 29 years of my life. I’ve always been Autistic, it was just a late discovery.

This week, I’m going to give you a list of things I didn’t know were related to being Autistic when I was growing up.

Quickly, before I dive into this list, I would like to say that this is my own personal list, and that means these things are not going to be true for each and every single Autistic Person. These are true for me. Each and every Autistic Person is an individual, and we are all very different and unique, and have vastly different experiences.

You may relate to some of the things on my list if you are Autistic. You may also not relate to some of the things on my list, because we’re all unique individuals. Continue reading Things I Didn’t Realize Were Related to Being Autistic Before I Was Diagnosed “with Autism”

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Intersections on the Spectrum: Lyric Holmans

Recently, I had the pleasure of being interviewed for the Podcast Intersections on the Spectrum. In episode of Intersections on the Spectrum we discuss my identities, lobbying against ABA, open relationships, and living in an RV. Continue reading Intersections on the Spectrum: Lyric Holmans