The Spoiled Brat Stereotype and Autistic Children

Person with green jacket and jeans sitting on a dock with long hair, face looking away from camera.

My autistic traits were obvious! But the Spoiled Brat archetype worked against the assumption that I needed support, and instead adults believed I needed chastising or ignoring.

Dear Autistic Kid, on being at home

inside house looking out a window with a sunset painted on the wall

It's okay to be not okay, and to take some time to adjust to everything. For many of us autistic people it may take a lot longer to adjust, and that's okay!

Dear Autistic Kid, on meltdowns and shame

Person standing far away with a circle of life above their head and orange sparks flying like a fountain off of the circle.

Remember that it’s okay to be autistic. It’s okay to wear headphones or sunglasses, or use weighted blankets or fidget toys (lots of us autistic adults do!). It’s okay to want things a certain way. It’s okay to not look into people’s eyes. It’s okay to be you. Don’t let people, or society in general, take that away from you.

Dear Autistic Kid, on school and isolation

Someone holding a red backpack out of frame wearing white shoes next to a crosswalk.

I want to let you know that autistic adults are here. Autistic adults exist. Most of us have had tough experiences in elementary school and junior high school. Personally, I felt rather isolated growing up in school.

How “The Golden Rule” Harms Autistic People

Young woman holding her ears while 5 people look at her in a circle.

[This post was also published at NeuroClastic. For new posts from me, head to my author profile on NeuroClastic.] Miscommunication and misinterpretation of autistic people happens very early in life. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Or in modern language, "Treat other people as you would like to be treated." …

Adult Misdiagnosis – The Default Path to an Autistic Identity

Woman with shaved head sitting in a hallway office behind a glass window with her face obscured by blinds in that are in the foreground of the image.

This post consists of 46 quotes from autistic people. If you can, please read them all. Please listen to autistic voices.

Blog Update

This is mostly an update for people who follow my blog - I've been writing posts with The Neuroclastic for the last few weeks. I will likely still post things on here as well, depending on the topic. I'm currently working on a post regarding autistic people's misdiagnoses, which will likely take more time. I …

Why Autism Research Isn’t For Autistic People

In the US, you can’t be an autism researcher in most labs without accepting the pathological model of autism. You must reference old research, mostly done by white cisgender male researchers on white cisgender autistic boys. You must talk about the deficits of theory of mind and the difficulties in social communication. I’ve seen at …

Accessible Activism

When spaces are not accessible to autistic people, there's a barrier to our activism. I love being in online spaces. I'm able to say what I want to say, for the most part, and people will either agree or disagree, or ask for clarification. It's pretty simple. Sometimes people won't listen, but that's going to …

Transitioning to Graduate School: StairwayToStem

In case you missed it, I recently wrote a guest blog post on StairwayToStem, a website which provides resources for helping autistic students transition to college and graduate school. They kindly split up the series into 3 parts for me: Part 1: Transitioning to Grad School and Adjusting to the New Environment Part 2: Challenges …

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