Ep 22/ Asked & Answered: Should I tell my child about their neurodiversity?

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Parenting can be a challenge for anyone, even in the most ideal conditions. But parenting a child who has a different neurotype than you can come with unique challenges. I want to discuss a question that I’ve gotten a few times: Should I tell my child about their autism? How do I portray being autistic … Read more

On Gender Essentialism and the Autistic Woman’s Experience: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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This book review was originally published on Goodreads.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang is a pretty formulaic romance novel. The premise is a reverse Pretty Woman with a neurodivergent twist: an autistic woman in her late 20s wants to learn how to date and have sex men will like, and believes the problem to be in herself, rather in the fact that she keeps choosing terrible men. She hires a male sex worker to practice sex and dating, and you can guess what happens next.

It's a cute premise. Unfortunately, the male characters are all terrible people, and most of the women are, too. The plot holds no surprises. The sex is good for the characters but hilarious for the reader. So, on a base level, I can’t really recommend it.

But, the main character is an autistic woman, being written by an autistic woman, and y'all, I saw so much of myself in her, it was embarrassing. And heartbreaking.

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What Does Wellness Mean for Autistics? Talking with Erin Beal About Her Autism Journey.

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Erin Beal is here to talk about her adult autism journey, her new Autism Wellness Center, and how the internet autism community got her through. Today, I am thrilled to have Erin Beal with us. Erin is the autistic and ADHD founder of the Autism Wellness Center of SW Michigan, as well as a personal … Read more

Want a book about autistic women? Here’s my 2021 Reading List

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I want to read more books about autistic women in 2021. Want to read along with me? I’m an autistic woman who’s also a big reader. I’m on track to read about 80 books this year. I know a lot of people manage more than that, but I’ve got kids, a job, and a blog, … Read more

My Favorite Earplugs for Autism Sound Sensitivity

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I’m autistic, and I have sensory processing disorder, which means I don’t process touch, sounsd, or lights the same ways as most people. I’m easily overstimulated by loud noises and need hearing protection to help reduce outside input to my senses. Sound sensitivity is one of the biggest autism issues I deal with on a … Read more

How Can We Take Better Care of Neurodiverse Women? These 3 Interviews Shed Some Light.

How Can We Take Better Care of Neurodiverse Women

How can we take better care of neurodiverse women? That’s the question we’re trying to shed some light on today. ūüéß Rather listen than read this post? This post is based off of Episode 13¬†of¬†the Neurodiverging Podcast!¬†Listen on¬†Apple Podcasts |¬†Google Podcasts¬†|¬†Spotify Misdiagnosis after misdiagnosis. Disbelief from doctors and mental health professionals after you explain your … Read more

How to Define Perseveration in Autism Spectrum Disorder

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I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about some common traits of autism spectrum disorder, and the question of how to define perseveration with regards to autism came up. I've experienced perseveration, and I notice it in my children with autism and ADHD. But, I found it oddly difficult to describe to my friend, and realized I didn't quite know how to explain it. So, I did a little research on perseverative thinking, behaviors, and language.


ūüéß Rather listen than read this post? This post is based off of¬†Episode 14¬†of¬†the Neurodiverging Podcast! Listen on¬†Pandora |¬†Google Podcasts¬†|¬†Spotify

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Reflections on Our House Is on Fire: Book Review

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Autism, the Challenge & the Gift Reflections on the Thunberg family‚Äôs new book, Our House Is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis, by Mike Matejka ‚ÄúDisability‚ÄĚ is a qualifier that mistakenly brands a significant population as lesser people. What nourishes and saves humanity is diversity; those marked ‚Äúdisabled‚ÄĚ often bring … Read more

Episode 111: A Struggling, Undiagnosed Autistic Girl in the 1990s

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Why Was My Autism Missed? In an earlier episode, I told my own story of being diagnosed autistic as an adult in my 30s, after my young son was diagnosed. I received many questions about how I didn’t know I was an autistic girl when I was younger, and why no one at home or … Read more

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