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

Fight, Flight, Freeze – An Autistic Perspective – the Fight or Flight Response

If there’s danger, those signals are supposed to tell you to run away or protect yourself.  But unfortunately, for some people, for different reasons, that fight or flight response might be being triggered in situations that aren’t useful. . . Continue reading Fight, Flight, Freeze – An Autistic Perspective – the Fight or Flight Response

Autistic Meltdowns, Shutdowns, & Tantrums, oh my!

To the untrained eye, a meltdown can look like a tantrum, but the reality of what is happening to someone having a meltdown is very different. Meltdowns and shutdowns can be a result of sensory overload, physical and mental exhaustion, triggered by acute stress, or depleted energy reserves. Continue reading Autistic Meltdowns, Shutdowns, & Tantrums, oh my!

Company Policies That Keep Neurodivergent Employees Out of the Workplace

Employers claim they want to be more inclusive but often fall short when policies and company culture are set up in a way that is can be off-putting for neurodivergent employees.

Are your company policies unintentionally discriminating against autistic and neurodivergent employees?  Continue reading Company Policies That Keep Neurodivergent Employees Out of the Workplace