Category: autistic adults

Autistic Unmasking: How to Unlearn Trauma Responses

Autistic Unmasking: How to Unlearn Trauma Responses

I've written about masking and sensory pain a lot. But there are still things I notice even years after recognizing that I'm autistic. Masking is Subconscious and Pervasive I've been wearing headphones around my neck everytime I go out, even just for in person meetings inside. Recently I was early for a meeting, someone came … Continue reading Autistic Unmasking: How to Unlearn Trauma Responses

Autistic Burnout Is More Than Burnout

Autistic Burnout Is More Than Burnout

I think I just realized why autistic burnout is so bad. When autistic people reach their limits, they continue because they know they have to continue to be considered valuable.

What Autistic Advocacy Really Means

What Autistic Advocacy Really Means

What I want to talk about is the lasting effects that occur when autistic people are used as a commodity, a political football, a theoretical argument, as exploitation, when autistic people have to witness the dehumanization and legal torture of autistic people.

Sensory Sensitivities Are Not Preferences, They’re Needs

Sensory Sensitivities Are Not Preferences, They’re Needs

I have a request for non-autistic people, and anyone who does not experience sensory sensitivities: Treat sensory sensitivities as disabilities and accommodate them as you would for any other person who is pain. Believe Them.

Autistic Hygiene

Autistic Hygiene

I explain why it can be so hard to do hygiene tasks, like brushing teeth or showering, as an autistic person.

Be Honest: Autistic vs Neurotypical Honesty

Be Honest: Autistic vs Neurotypical Honesty

I’ve learned a lot recently after asking allistic people on twitter what they truly want to hear from other people when allistic people say “be honest.” Most of them want a very specific “type” of honesty. At least, neurotypical people may consider this honesty.

Autistic Sensory Pain and the Medical Consequences

Autistic Sensory Pain and the Medical Consequences

I want to talk about the physical health of autistic people and how the gaslighting of our sensory sensitivities teaches us to ignore our pain - whether it be physical or sensory. There are many reasons why you shouldn't gaslight an autistic person's sensory sensitivities, but this is a really important one.

How Autistic People Hear the World: auditory chaos and the search for silence

How Autistic People Hear the World: auditory chaos and the search for silence

I just watched the movie Sound of Metal and it is by far the most relatable experience of my hyperacusis and auditory sensitivity that I have ever seen and heard on film.

Neurotypicals: Listen to Our Words, Not Our Tone

Neurotypicals: Listen to Our Words, Not Our Tone

There are a few assumptions neurotypical people have when it comes to tone of voice when anyone talks. I'll clarify them here.