— The ultimate —
autism resource


Founded & autistically researched by:

Dr. Natalie Engelbrecht MSc RP ND
& Martin Silvertant B.Des

Do you think you might be autistic? Try the
Autism Quotient or the Aspie Quiz; they can give
an indication of whether you might be autistic.

Autism Quotient

50 statements

Aspie Quiz

121 questions


You might also want to test how much you
mask your autistic traits, using the CAT-Q.

Camouflaging Autistic
Traits Questionnaire

25 statements


Autism tests

Also have a look at the various other tests on our Tests page.

A joke with some truth to it:

The willingness to take all or a multitude
of tests may itself be indicative of autism.
We took quite a few of them, in any case.

Super Powers

An illustration of a superhero shield with the initials ‘SA’ for Super Autistic.

Did you know that autistic people have abilities beyond the range experienced by neurotypicals?


Kryptonites

Every superhero has their Kryptonite, however; some of our abilities have some drawbacks as well.

Hello!

We are Natalie and Martin, an autistic psychotherapist and graphic designer couple.
You might call us an Autism Spectrum Duo!

Embrace Autism is our effort to bring you research and experience-based autism content; to help you better understand yourself, empower yourself, embrace your advantages, and overcome your challenges.

Look at the About page to learn more about
who we are and what our mission is.

Explore our website and browse our blog to start learning more about yourself or your loved one!


Autism Spectrum Difference:

A neurodevelopmental difference characterized by alterations in social functioning, hypersensitivity to stimuli, repetitive behaviors, and deep interests—often combined with advanced cognitive & perceptive abilities.

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  • An autistic woman that says: “We bring autism research to the general public”
  • Martin says: “We excel at finding patterns and making connections!”
  • Natalie says: “We are able to make complex information accessible!”
  • Matt says: “We tend to be lateral thinkers, and find unique solutions!”
  • Steven says: “A lot of us are autodidacts due to our special interests!”
  • An autistic teen says: “Many of us show creativity in one way or another!”
  • Thomas says: “Ask us anything you want to know about autism. We love to help!”
  • An autistic woman that says: “We have a great capacity for empathy, and are eager to help!”
  • A little autistic girl that says: “85% of autistic children see colors with more intensity!”

    Q&A

    What is autistic
    savant syndrome?

    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. One such savant is Daniel Tammet, who can recite 22,514 digits of π. Read more

    Is there a link between
    autism and giftedness?

    A link has been found between autism and high intelligence & giftedness; estimated rates of intellectual giftedness in autistic children is 0.7–2%, compared to a up to 1% in the general public. Some researchers regard autism as a “disorder of high intelligence.” Read more

    Do people with autism
    lack empathy?

    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. Due to our low theory of mind, displays of empathy may be delayed until a situation is made salient to us. Read more

    Why is routine important
    to people with autism?

    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, meaning we have to consider everything all over again.  Read more

    What is an autistic
    meltdown and shutdown?

    When we are triggered by social stress, a meltdown can ensue, which resembles a tantrum. A shutdown is a response to social triggers or sensory overload, after which the person becomes unresponsive, and take a nap in order to recharge. Read more

    Why are autistic
    females rare?

    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 a 2:1 male-to-female ratio. Read more

    Embrace Autism

    I can EMBRACE who I am
    or REJECT who I am
    I can see myself having SUPER POWERS
    or I can see myself having SYMPTOMS
    I can TAME my Kryptonite
    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
    How I choose to perceive myself
    affects my life, other autistic people,
    and people’s perceptions of autism.
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    Whatever I choose, I will still have autism. Therefore I choose to EMBRACE AUTISM, be a SUPERHERO, TAME, CHERISH, UTILIZE, and see what is GREAT about me.

    Highlights

    Below is a selection of articles from our blog.
    Have a read to get a taste of the content we offer!


    Alexithymia
     

    Alexithymia or emotional blindness is so common in autism (40–70%) that it’s commonly mistaken for autism itself. Find out what alexithymia is and how it presents itself in autism.

    Overwhelm
     

    Autistic people can get overwhelmed at times. Here I describe my experience of three types of overwhelm relating to autism: a sensory overload, a meltdown, and a shutdown.

    Meltdowns
     

    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.

    PTSD
     

    PTSD is very common in autism, as the autistic brain has difficulty bringing information from one hemisphere to the other, making it difficult to process trauma.