Category: parenting

10 Tips for Parents New to Autism

10 Tips for Parents New to Autism

Here are 10 tips for anyone who is new to understanding autism and autistic people.

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.

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.

Yes, It Really Is Legal to Electrically Shock Disabled Children in The US as Punishment #StopTheShock

Yes, It Really Is Legal to Electrically Shock Disabled Children in The US as Punishment #StopTheShock

Please help #StopTheShock - It is legal in the US to shock disabled people right now at the Judge Rotenberg Center. This is not okay.

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.