Often, rather than sorting through all the information required to make a choice. It is much simpler (in that moment) not to choose (which technically IS a choice), or go with a safe familiar option. Continue reading Autism & Choices: Why Making Decisions is Hard for Me as an Autistic Person
On Twitter, there was an interesting discussion I dropped in on recently talking about the medical model of Autism and how, technically (under the medical model), to be defined as an Autistic Person in a medical context, you must be someone whose Autistic traits “cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning.”
Due to the language above, this person suggested if you’re not struggling, you might not be Autistic in a medical context (regardless if you were diagnosed previously and met the criteria). “Are they Autistic?” they asked. Continue reading If an Autistic Person isn’t Currently Struggling “Are they still Autistic?”
NeuroDivergent people’s differences are cognitive and invisible and impact how we interpret the world, process information, and interact with others.
Our differences also impact our strengths and weaknesses, what tasks and environments will drain us, and what tasks and environments will invigorate us. Continue reading NeuroDivergence, Surviving Capitalism as an Autistic ADHD Human, and Finding a Career Path that Works for YOU
Our individual brains’ combination of NeuroTypes (because people seldom have only one measurable brain difference) heavily influences our reality, including our experience of time (and space). Continue reading NeuroDivergence Time & Hyperfocus – Managing Time & Hyperfocus as an NeuroDivervgent Person so it Doesn’t Ruin Your Life (an Autistic ADHD Perspective)
I’d been told to listen to these adults and do what they said, and they had said I was “bad,” and I believed them. Since I thought I was “bad,” I felt I deserved all the punishment (abuse) I received.
Continue reading Abused at School: Why Autistic Kids May Not Speak Up When They’ve Been Harmed by a Teacher
This week two Substack Community Members have asked me to share advice on how to deal with “huge emotions” or “when emotions are just too big and overwhelming.”
Continue reading Autistic People and “Huge Emotions” or “Big Feelings” – When Emotions are “Too Big” and Overwhelming
If Autistic People are determined “too vulnerable” to know what’s best for us in one area of our lives, what’s to stop them from applying this logic to other areas?
Continue reading Autistic Trans Adults are the Latest Target of Anti-Trans Legislation (but ALL Autistics are in Danger)
There is a misconception that, because someone’s NeuroDivergence is identified in adulthood, they struggled less growing up than NeuroDivergent People diagnosed as children.
Continue reading Self-Identified Autistics: IS diagnosis a Privilege? Why Some People May Self-Diagnose with Autism
To onlookers it may have seemed that I was “acting more Autistic” since my diagnosis, but in reality I was done with the shame, hiding my Autistic traits, and done acting NeuroTypical.
Continue reading Do I seem MORE Autistic to you NOW? Why many Autistics stop camouflaging their Autistic traits post autism discovery.