I’m fine!

Oftentimes, well-meaning people misread the facial expressions of individuals with Autism, asking,¬†“Are you angry?” “What’s wrong?” or “Are you feeling okay?” When our faces are simply at rest, other people perceive our natural state as something negative. This misunderstanding can be very frustrating. After all, many of us speak in tones that sound flat or […]

Three types of Autism cognitive types

Have you heard of Temple Grandin’s observations on the three types of autism cognitive types? Visual, pattern, and verbal thinkers. While of course any theory stands the chance of oversimplifying, many autistic individuals have found delight in exploring and identifying with their cognitive type. These three autistics individuals want to share what they love about […]

My first Meltdown

My first public meltdown is something I’ll never forget. That’s not to say that I’d never experienced meltdowns before. There had been many overheated, overloaded, overstimulated moments, but they typically took place at home. Then, one day, after a night of heavily masking on a double-date that I went on with two random guys and […]

Chronic pain

Sudden pain flares, traveling pain, debilitating headaches, joint strain. Recently, I’ve been getting asked about my chronic pain struggles, and more specifically, I’ve been receiving questions like, “What does chronic pain have to do with autism.” Studies have shown that individuals with autism are more likely to experience amplified and chronic pain. Even so, this […]

Double Empathy

The Double Empathy Problem has been getting a lot of buzz in the¬†actually autistic community. Coined by Dr. Damian Milton, this study essentially revealed that we autistic people speak our own interpersonal language. When two autistic people communicate with one another, all the social “eccentricities” that medically define us are completely understandable between each other. […]

Painfully Honest

Autistic people have a knack for details, honesty, and straightforwardness. We speak in truth and with a strong desire to help. Yet, instead of receiving praise for these qualities, we are often called “rude.” Descriptions of people with autistic traits are often selected in the context of societal “usefulness.” For example, we’re “geniuses” if our […]

(SCD)

Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder (SCD) is a relatively new diagnosis introduced to the DSM-5 in 2013. Prior to its inclusion, many individuals with SCD would not receive diagnoses of any kind, nor supports, or may have been diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). Common Traits of Social Communication Disorder:Difficulty with verbal communication, […]