Secret Stims – Can Autistic People Hide Their Stimming? – an Autistic Perspective

I spend a lot of time talking about being out and proud and not hiding who you are, and trying not to hold in stims, and take the mask off and all that good stuff, but I haven’t always been in this place.  This has been a journey and before I was diagnosed autistic, my experience was very different.  Continue reading Secret Stims – Can Autistic People Hide Their Stimming? – an Autistic Perspective

Autism, We Have a Problem – Let’s Talk about Stigma

We’ve got a problem. With the way autism is represented in the media. 

Parents of autistic children are fed stories that “autism is a horrible tragedy that will destroy lives, families, & marriages”. Big organizations and people have made lots of money spreading this mis-information, drowning out autistic voices who speak up against them. 

There is real damage done by well meaning parents, determined to rid their children of their autistic nature. Imagine if your parents were determined to reshape your entire identity because your natural way of being has been deemed “socially unacceptable”.

Autism is not a tragedy it is a difference, despite what most of the world has been led to believe. Autistic people are not broken or in need of fixing. 

When parents get divorced, people tend to remind the children that it’s not their fault their parents are separating – because  this type of blame would not be good for a child’s mental health. How is blaming a child’s autism for running a marriage / family any different?  Continue reading Autism, We Have a Problem – Let’s Talk about Stigma

A Neurodivergent View of Netflix’s Atypical

Atypical has a very basic family teenage drama dynamic, complete with predictable plot lines focusing on surviving high school and getting some action. Every show needs comic relief and the writers of Atypical have managed to do a great job placing autism front and center as the butt in most of its jokes.  Continue reading A Neurodivergent View of Netflix’s Atypical