What is autistic
Savant syndrome is a condition characterized by mental disabilities combined with exceptional abilities—usually related to memory. Although rare, a disproportionate 1 in 10 autistic people are savants! Read more
Is there a link between autism
A link has been found between autism and high intelligence; estimated rates of intellectual giftedness in autistic children is 0.7–2%, compared to up to 1% in the general public. Some researchers regard autism as a “disorder of high intelligence.” Read more
Autistic females are not actually rare. But since autism presents differently in females, many are misdiagnosed or remain undiagnosed. What was thought to be a 4:1 male-to-female ratio of autism, is now predicted to be closer to 2:1—possibly even 1:1! Read more
Do autistic people
It is a damaging myth that autistic people lack empathy. We can be highly empathetic, but may not always sense the socially appropriate way to communicate it. Additionally, displays of empathy may be delayed until a situation is made salient to us. Read more
Why is routine important
to autistic people?
Routine provides a framework to make things controlled and manageable; it gives us something we can rely on in a predominantly unpredictable world. An interrupted routine can disrupt our entire schedule, as we have to reconsider/reassess everything. Read more
What is an autistic meltdown and shutdown?
When we are triggered by social stress, a meltdown can ensue, which can resemble a tantrum. A shutdown is a response to social triggers or sensory overload, after which the person becomes unresponsive, and has to rest in order to recharge. Read more
I can EMBRACE who I am;
or I can REJECT who I am
I can see myself having SUPER POWERS;
or I can see myself having SYMPTOMS
I can TAME my Kryptonites;
or I can DROWN in my challenges
I can CHERISH my uniqueness;
or DISOWN my peculiarities
I can UTILIZE my cognitive abilities;
or let my sensitivities OVERPOWER me
I can see what is GREAT about who I am;
or I can LOATHE who I am
Below is a selection of articles from our autism blog.
Have a read to get a taste of the content we offer!
Alexithymia or emotional blindness is so common among autistics (40–70%) that
it’s commonly mistaken for autism itself.
Find out what alexithymia is and how it presents itself in autism. Read more
Autistic people can get overwhelmed at times. Here I describe my experience of
3 types of overwhelm relating to autism:
a sensory overload, a meltdown,
and a shutdown. Read more
To remain regulated and functioning,
we need to be able to dissipate stress.
When this is not done effectively, it can have an explosive result, leading to a meltdown
or a (consequent) shutdown. Read more
PTSD is very common in autism,
as the autistic brain has difficulty
bringing information from one hemisphere
to the other, which makes it difficult to
process trauma. Read more