When I started to look into the possibility of getting an autism diagnosis, I came across many accounts of AFAB (assigned female at birth) people who had been assessed for ASD later in life. I say AFAB here as it’s more inclusive; I myself identify as non-binary (as do many autistic people) and so beingContinue reading “How did I find out I am autistic?”
Who wants a rabbit related infodump?
I am writing this sitting on my sofa in my pyjamas at 7pm on a Monday evening. I have not gotten dressed today. I have not ticked off any of my tasks today. I have alternated between scrolling through tiktok and Instagram all day with some periodic wall-staring-into-the-middle-distance to spice things up a little. IContinue reading “executive dysfunction: the musical”
High-functioning autism is a misnomer. But where does it come from? What does autism as a spectrum really mean for autistic people?
Up until this year, I had been fortunate not to have been touched by death. Yes, there is a dead rabbit buried in my landlord’s garden (I will tell her at some point), and that was incredibly difficult, but human deaths are different. Family and found-family deaths, particularly right now under Covid, are the oneContinue reading “Autism and Death”
I guess one of the stereotypical tropes about Autism is special interests. As I say to almost everyone in my process of ‘coming out’ as autistic, people tend to imagine someone with autism as a little boy who is obsessed with trains. It took me a long time to realise that my own ‘special interests’Continue reading “Why will no one pay me to read fantasy fiction, and other questions I want to ask this government”
So like many “high functioning” autistic people (I’ll talk about why I hate that term at some point) I am hyperlexic. This essentially means that I learned how to read before I learned how to speak. Autistic brains love patterns and words are some of the most well-known patterns there are. Whilst spoken words oftenContinue reading “Hyperlexia and the Art of “Suttlety””
How to support an autistic person coming out of lockdown
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