Atypical Autistic Traits

Challenging stereotypes and describing some lesser-known Autistic traits A lot of non-conforming and marginalized people are misdiagnosed in healthcare, (including mental health) and psychological diagnoses. This includes female-presenting people (including cis-women), transgender folks-basically anyone in the LGBTQIA2+ community — people of colour, people impacted by poverty, and many others. Identifying someone as Autistic can be difficult, especially ifContinue reading “Atypical Autistic Traits”

Atypical Autistic Traits

Challenging stereotypes and describing some lesser-known Autistic traits A lot of non-conforming and marginalized people are misdiagnosed in healthcare, (including mental health) and psychological diagnoses. This includes female-presenting people (including cis-women), transgender folks-basically anyone in the LGBTQIA2+ community — people of colour, people impacted by poverty, immigrants, and many others. Identifying someone as Autistic can be difficult, especiallyContinue reading “Atypical Autistic Traits”

Autism FAQs

Answering the most common questions I receive about Autism Is Autism a Disability? Yes and no. It depends. Okay, yes — but not in the way you’d think. Some people consider their neurotype a disability in itself because their own Autistic traits cause them distress — for example, sensory issues related to one’s own body. Many consider autism a disabilityContinue reading “Autism FAQs”

Naziism (Still) Influences Modern Psychology

How the diagnosis of “Asperger’s” is related to Naziism I’ve been reading quite an eclectic mix of books lately and have a few different concepts floating around in my mind. They intertwine and yet in some ways, they are opposing ideas. Firstly, there continues a modern debate over parenting styles. In their more extreme iterations, authoritarianContinue reading “Naziism (Still) Influences Modern Psychology”

This Is Why We Need More Autistic Researchers

Also functioning labels are ableist and harmful Academia needs to be more accommodating and welcoming to neurodivergent contributors so we stop getting handed crap like this. In (one of) today’s annoyances, ableist organizations are, once again, mischaracterizing scientific research in order to serve their own agendas. Last week, child neurologist Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou from the UniversityContinue reading “This Is Why We Need More Autistic Researchers”

The Judge Rotenberg Centre Tortures Autistic & Disabled People

Trigger warning These articles discuss the use of electric shock on human beings. No graphic details are described, however the content may be upsetting for some — In fact, it should be upsetting for everyone. The Lines Between Behaviour Therapy, Abuse, And Torture Are Very Thin And Very Blurry Stress And Anxiety Impede Learning SeemsContinue reading “The Judge Rotenberg Centre Tortures Autistic & Disabled People”

Hyperlexia in Autistic Kids

Hyperlexia & autism are commonly co-occurring, but not mutually inclusive Hyperlexia Hyperlexia is advanced and unexpected reading skills and abilities in children way beyond their chronological age. Hyperlexia is most common in, but not exclusive to, Autistic children. Approximately 84% of hyperlexic kids are also autistic. A child can be one and not the other,Continue reading “Hyperlexia in Autistic Kids”

Autism Acceptance Month

Awareness campaigns are harmful; acceptance is the key As many of you know by now, April is autism “awareness” month. Autistics have been taking back our own activism and education campaigns, and one way we’re doing so is by renaming April to Autism Acceptance Month instead. Previous “awareness” campaigns have treated autism as though it wereContinue reading “Autism Acceptance Month”

 Epilepsy Awareness Day

My personal experiences with seizures and idiopathic epilepsy I am not currently diagnosed with epilepsy, but I did struggle with idiopathic seizures in my mid-twenties (idiopathic essentially means they don’t know how or why they started). Unfortunately, being a young female with mental health issues and unexplained medical problems often leads to doctors and other medical professionalsContinue reading ” Epilepsy Awareness Day”

Why We Are Not Puzzle Pieces

Apparently further explanation is required My recent article, Autistic Appreciation, was shared on a popular advocacy page, one that I really like. It’s run by neurodiverse and disabled people for neurodiverse and disabled people. The article was shared using one of the images which was embedded further down. It was surrounded by extensive context and well-researched explanations for why IContinue reading “Why We Are Not Puzzle Pieces”