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International Day of the Stim: What IS Stimming?

Stimming is short for self-stimulating behaviors. – SELF-STIMULATING??? What? It’s not what you may be thinking. Continue reading International Day of the Stim: What IS Stimming?

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Autism & Sensory Aversion – Autistic Sensory Processing & Avoidance

This week, we’re going to be talking about sensory avoiding and why, if there is a sense that is causing you pain or sensation that’s causing you pain, avoiding it is a perfectly natural response for an Autistic Person, and often a good choice. So let’s dive in.. Continue reading Autism & Sensory Aversion – Autistic Sensory Processing & Avoidance

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”

Is an Adult Autism or ADHD Diagnosis Worth it?

The answer to this question is going to be “yes” or “no”, depending widely on your own individual circumstances in your life. For me, it was worthwhile to go ahead and get the autism diagnosis, but that is because of my specific circumstances, which I will share with you. Continue reading Is an Adult Autism or ADHD Diagnosis Worth it?

Autistic & NeuroDivergent People’s Invisible Struggles Pt 2: Communication & Emotional Differences

In part one of this video we talked, talked about is my feather here, Autistic sensory issues, masking, and even chronic pain, and how these,, invisible differences can impact Autistic People, and you may not even know that Autistic People are struggling with these things.

Today we’re going to talk more about cognitive processing differences, learning style differences, some of the emotional differences, and how, we process social situations, how some of those differences can impact Autistic People, and how we engage with the world – invisible differences, and invisible things that can cause Autistic People to struggle.
Continue reading Autistic & NeuroDivergent People’s Invisible Struggles Pt 2: Communication & Emotional Differences

Academic Privilege – Is the Public Education System Destroying NeuroDivergent People?

The school systems are designed and tailored to teach one style of learner and one type of teaching.  Those of us who learn, and experience, and process information differently are often treated as if we are problems, when we fail to fit into the neuro-typical education system. Continue reading Academic Privilege – Is the Public Education System Destroying NeuroDivergent People?

The Dangers of Assuming All Autistic People Have Anxiety & How Anxiety Messes With My Life

 If we look, specifically, at Autistic people, It is estimated by the American Psychiatric Association that one in five, 19% of adults in the United States have some form of mental illness, and these numbers are, naturally, higher among Autistic and NeuroDivergent populations, which is  expected, because also according to the APA, minority groups are at higher risk for developing mental health conditions.

 If you are a member of multiple minority groups, and you are multiplying marginalized, You can multiply this risk for mental health issues, because of the additional pressures that are placed upon you by society. Continue reading The Dangers of Assuming All Autistic People Have Anxiety & How Anxiety Messes With My Life

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The Miracle of Assistive Technology for Auditory Processing Problems in Public

One of my biggest struggles, as an Autistic Person with Sensory Processing Differences, is often the modern indoor sensory environment (especially places where many humans tend to gather under one roof).

Before I knew I was Autistic, I would find myself in these places, feeling extremely agitated and overwhelmed but not realizing this feeling was sensory overload, and my flight/fight response being triggered. Continue reading The Miracle of Assistive Technology for Auditory Processing Problems in Public

You Asked: What Was it Like Growing up Not Knowing You Were Autistic?

Hey everyone. NeuroRebel here. This week is a listener requested topic.

You ask, “What was it like growing up undiscovered, undiagnosed, not knowing that you are Autistic or Neurodivergent?”

Not knowing that I was Autistic, had a very big impact on my life and my experience growing up. I was very aware that I was different, but I didn’t have the vocabulary or an explanation for why or what made me different.

This week, I’m going to share my experience. If you’d like to know a little bit more, please stay tuned. Continue reading You Asked: What Was it Like Growing up Not Knowing You Were Autistic?

What is AutiGender? – The Relationship Between Autism & Gender – An Autistic Perspective

According to LGBTA, Wiki, “Autigender or Autism, gender is a neurogender, which can be understood in the context of being Autistic or when one’s Autism greatly affects one’s gender or how one experiences gender.

Autigender is not autism as a gender, but rather is a gender that is so heavily influenced by autism that one’s gendered and autism cannot be on linked.

Not all Autistic people will identify with Autigender, only those whose gender is influenced by them being Autistic.” Continue reading What is AutiGender? – The Relationship Between Autism & Gender – An Autistic Perspective