If You’ve Seen One Restricted Interest, You’ve Seen One Restricted Interest

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There is a very common saying within autistic circles that goes, “If you’ve met one autistic person, you’ve met one autistic person.” The saying highlights that although we all have autistic traits, no two autistic people will express those traits in the same way. Each autistic person is unique. Restricted interests are the same way. … Read more

What Does Autistic Stimming Look Like?

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When most people think about stimming, they think about vocal tics and flapping hands. But what does autistic stimming look like, really? Please, let me, an actual autistic person, tell you about it! What Is Stimming? The word “stim” is short for “self-stimulatory,” and refers to any repetitive behavior, like movement, or making a sound, … Read more

Autistic people don’t lack empathy. In fact, we’ve got more than enough.

AUTISTIC PEOPLE DON'T LACK EMPATHY

This article was originally published on Medium. I’m an autistic woman in my 30s. I’m introverted and a little awkward, but I do like to meet new people and make new friends. However, I have this recurring experience in social settings that is a little off-putting. When I am in a room with a group … Read more

Autism and Speech Therapy (Your Therapy Cheat Sheet Series, Part 2)

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Today, in my Therapy Cheat Sheet Series, I’m here to talk about autism and speech therapy. Why is speech therapy so often recommended for autistics? Well, it can help develop our communication skills, to become more independent and self-actualized people. Communication is a basic skill, and one that is necessary in all aspects of life, … Read more

FAQ: Different Types of Therapy for Autism (Your Therapy Cheat Sheet Series, Part 1)

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So you or your child have just been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. I know your head is probably buzzing as you walk out of that appointment. And I know you were probably given like 30 pages of recommendations to pursue, many of them focused on different types of therapy for autism: occupational therapy, speech … Read more

Neurodiversity Vs. Disorder? On Autism and ADHD

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What Disorder? Neurodiversity, Autism, and ADHD

Let's talk about language! Autism and ADHD are both known as neurodevelopmental “disorders.” But is “disorder” really the best way to refer to autism and ADHD, given the scientific body of research indicating autism and ADHD are examples of natural genetic variation? So how can we talk about autism and ADHD as examples of neurodivergence, but not disorders? Listen to learn more about neurodiversity, autism, and ADHD.

🎧 Rather listen than read this post? This post is based off of Episode 7 of the Neurodiverging Podcast! Listen on Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts | Spotify

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Autistic Special Interest: Secret Strength? (Special Interests in ASD)

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Are Autistic Special Interests Really Our Secret Strength?

Special interests are one of the most defining traits of autism spectrum disorder (ASD): an intense focus on a specific subject. But ASD special interests are also a secret strength of autistics everywhere. Learn more about how autistics use our special interests to regulate our emotions and expand our worldviews today, on Neurodiverging.

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4 Ways to Crush It with Picture Schedules

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Picture schedules are also called visual schedules, and they’re commonly used by autistic, ADHD, or executive dysfunction folks as supports for everyday life. Picture schedules can help us remember what comes next in a series of activities, or remind us of options when we’re overwhelmed. As an autistic adult with a lot of executive dysfunction … Read more

Neurodivergent Spoons and Forks: 2 Theories to Explain Autism and Fatigue

Neurodivergent Spoons and Forks (On Autism and Fatigue)

Everybody has a different way of describing how they deal with fatigue, whether it be physical, emotional, or mental. Two models of fatigue that are popular in the autism community are the spoon theory and the fork theory. Neurodivergent spoons and forks for all!

Let's delve into how the spoon and fork theories apply to autism and exhaustion, and how they can help you become more self-aware to conserve more of your hard-won energy.

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Echolalia: Why Your Autistic Friend or Child Repeats Everything You Say

Do you have an autistic friend or loved one who repeats everything you say all the time? Or do you know someone with autism spectrum disorder who's in the habit of talking to themselves?

It's called echolalia! It's common among young children, and autistics of all ages. Why do we repeat? Find out what's going on from an autistic mom's point of view.

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