AskingAutistics – David Rivera – Autism, NeuroDivergence, & RV Life

Lyric and David answer: How is RV life different from non-RV life, for you, and possibly other ND folks?

This is Pt 5 of the interview with David. Stay tuned for pt 6 next week. Continue reading AskingAutistics – David Rivera – Autism, NeuroDivergence, & RV Life

AskingAutistics – David Rivera pt 1 – Autism, Echolalia, and Mimicry

I’ve been thinking about the direction. I want NeuroDivergent Rebel to go in the new year, and I’ve built up with the help of all of you, this platform that I think is really awesome, but I think it has the potential to be even more awesome. And as many of you know, the reason I started asking autistic is because I never want my voice to be the only voice that’s heard on this platform.
So I ask a lot of questions, hoping that many of you will share your experiences as well. And in the new year, I’m hoping to start interviewing other NeuroDivergent voices in the community. Continue reading AskingAutistics – David Rivera pt 1 – Autism, Echolalia, and Mimicry

Society’s Attitudes Towards Autistic and Other NeuroDivergent People Can Be Deadly

There are a lot of obstacles that Autistic and NeuroDivergent People face, from sensory challenges, communication challenges, and misunderstandings with NeuroTypical people, and sometimes even other Autistic and NeuroDivergent People. There’s also the challenge of not having people respect and understand the way you process information.
With all of these obstacles that NeuroDivergent People face in the world, for many of us, one of the biggest obstacles that we can face, unfortunately, is often going to be the attitudes that other people have about NeuroDivergent People and NeuroDivergent traits.
Continue reading Society’s Attitudes Towards Autistic and Other NeuroDivergent People Can Be Deadly

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Autism and Burnout – My Experience With Autistic Burnout

Something that we tend to agree upon, when talking about Autistic burnout, is that it is the result from having to force ourselves into a society that wasn’t designed to take our needs and considerations into account, whether that is our sensory processing differences, our differences in the ways our bodies move and the ways we communicate. Continue reading Autism and Burnout – My Experience With Autistic Burnout

Autism & Food – My Autistic Experience with Eating, Stomach, and Digestive Problems

I, like many Autistic People, experience stomach issues and stomach distress. There are a multitude of reasons, and triggers, for my tummy troubles.
Today I’m gonna share about my experience of being Autistic and having problems with my stomach, and digestion, and why I think so many Autistic People also struggle with this. Continue reading Autism & Food – My Autistic Experience with Eating, Stomach, and Digestive Problems

We NEED to Talk About NeuroDivergent Energy Regulation – My Autistic ADHD Perspective

First off, there are various types of energy a person can feel, or experience, in one’s body.
There is emotional energy, when you get really excited, happy, angry, or scared, energy rises in your body… or if you are feeling down and depressed, you may have energy drained out of your body. Those are emotional energy fields.
There is also sensory energy. For example, when I feel sensory overload, my brain feels like electric static is erupting out of it, and I have way too much electric current flowing through my body, and I need to slow that pulsing energy field down to stop the sensory overload.
There’s emotional energy, and there’s sensory energy… as an Autistic ADHDer, there is also inertia, Autistic Inertia, or just the struggle to get energy moving, and slow energy down, once it is moving.
As an Autistic Person, with the Autistic Inertia, and as an ADHDer, I struggle to get myself going in the morning, struggle to get myself started, but then also struggling to stop myself, once I get going.
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Rhythmic Stimming – Stimming with Music – My Autistic NeuroDivergent Experience

One of my main stims, since I’ve been a very, very, young Autistic Person, has been revolving around music: singing, humming, dancing, rhythmically making up lyrics to things- rhythmic stimming.

A lot, throughout my entire life, has been stimming with music, which is literally one of the main reasons I picked the name Lyric, because music is such an integral, and important, piece of my life. Continue reading Rhythmic Stimming – Stimming with Music – My Autistic NeuroDivergent Experience

The Dangers and Risks of being Openly Autistic

As I’ve said, I’m openly Autistic, and I’ve been openly Autistic since I started this blog, almost six years ago now. At this point I can’t “put the cat back in the bag”, so to speak. It’s now forever out on the internet. If you Google my name, you will find out that I am Autistic, ADHD, trans, and all of these other details, that I can no longer hide from people.

That’s a real thing to consider, about being openly Autistic: how open do you really want to be?

While this has worked out well, for me, being openly Autistic does not come without some risks. Continue reading The Dangers and Risks of being Openly Autistic

Autism & Developing Authentic Relationships – My Autistic Experience

I’m covering a reader question: “wondering if you could cover the topic of connecting with other people, and building friendships while on the spectrum.”

Something else that’s incredibly important, for me, as an Autistic Person, and my relationships with other people, is:

I need people in my life to be willing to accept me for the whole person, my strengths, my weaknesses, all of my identities, my Autistic traits, my me being a Queer Person. All of these things have to be okay.

The people in my life can’t be people who need for me to put parts of myself away, when I’m around them.
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