A Guide to Understanding Your Autistic Child

A Guide to Understanding Your Autistic Child

Has your child just been diagnosed, or is likely autistic? Are you a therapist/teacher/researcher who is working with autistic kids? Start here! I answer the 5 most common questions I've seen from parents of autistic kids.

Understanding Non-Autistic Social Skills

Understanding Non-Autistic Social Skills

How do non-autistic people process social cues like body language and eye contact? This may help answer that question.

Book Review: I Will Die On This Hill

Book Review: I Will Die On This Hill

This is a book review for I Will Die On This Hill by Meghan Ashburn and Jules Edward, which is set to come out in January of 2023. This book is about autism from a myriad of perspectives...

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.

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.

The Advantage of Pauses

It is important to listen to AAC users and include them in conversations and really listen to what they have to say.

I am not an AAC user. I just have one experience of using AAC temporarily. The one time I had almost no misunderstandings with other people was when I had an issue with my vocal cords for about a month. The day after I stopped using text-to-speech apps and AAC apps, someone misinterpreted my words. And it was because I was physically speaking to them so I didn’t have time to state my thoughts.

If AAC was more generally accepted in society and accommodated by others, I would probably be a partial AAC user right now. However, that’s not the world we live in.

Please share the words of people who use AAC or other alternative communication methods. It’s really, really important. Physically speaking should not be seen as the only way of communicating. This needs to change.

Just Keep Stimming!

Not long after I had posted about a cancer scare I was dealing with recently, I received a very interesting message from an SLP that I’ve been replaying in my head a lot.

“I don’t understand why you’re not verbal.”

They listed all the reasons why they thought I could be nonspeaking, and then asked if it was just because I was more comfortable communicating with a device – as if I needed to justify to a stranger why I use assistive technology.

[Friendly reminder once *again* that I use AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) primarily due to aphasia/brain damage and also autism.]

They then continued with “a device will never be as quick to communicate as a face-to-face conversation.”

At first, I brushed it off gently – thinking maybe I was more upset than usual due to being significantly stressed out.

But then I realized that this was an…

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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.