Autism, ARFID and my relationship with food

TW: Eating disorder  Intro  My relationship with food has always been complicated, and my autism is undoubtedly part of why very few, including professionals, struggle to understand why. This post is a topic I’m particularly cautious about writing publicly as I have faced so much stigma, judgement, and ableism regarding my diet. However, it’s anContinue reading “Autism, ARFID and my relationship with food”

How do I feel about birthdays?

Since being active online in autistic spaces, I noticed varying opinions regarding people’s birthdays. This got me thinking about my own birthday in a few days time, but the question is, do I enjoy them or even look forward to them? The simple answer is yes (although in the last few years I’m not soContinue reading “How do I feel about birthdays?”

Why I thought I had borderline before discovering I was autistic and had ADHD.

Some autistic people have borderline personality disorder (BPD), however, there are some autistic people whose autism is not recognised and doctors think it’s BPD instead. Many autistic people who are not diagnosed as a child can receive the incorrect diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) before finding out what doctors think borderline is actually autism.Continue reading “Why I thought I had borderline before discovering I was autistic and had ADHD.”

Using your autistic siblings for clout on social media needs to stop

FYI: Jemma (my sister), if you’re reading this, it does not apply to you at all. This also doesn’t apply to all siblings of autistic people. Many of us in the autistic community are well aware of some of the “autism warrior parents” Who centre themselves regarding their child’s diagnosis, compare autism to cancer andContinue reading “Using your autistic siblings for clout on social media needs to stop”

Why I identify with PDA as part of my autism

Now, I’ve talked a lot about how my masking made me become a people pleaser to extremes and how I was the shy, quiet student who always followed the rules at school. The type of child an old school behaviour focused teacher would describe as a ‘Model student.’   So if you’ve been following me onContinue reading “Why I identify with PDA as part of my autism”

Why I use Grandomastery to help my ESL students

As part of my work, I frequently create resources and plan lessons for ESL students. Sometimes I need to find some inspiration about how I can make my classes valuable and unique, rather than something generic that students can learn from a quick google search. Thankfully, I was delighted to discover Grandomastery, which is nowContinue reading “Why I use Grandomastery to help my ESL students”

Why I believe autism acceptance and understanding is better for our mental health than awareness

Hello everyone! Happy autism Acceptance day! I have written a blog post for Hearts and Minds (A mental Health organisation I work for) about why Why I believe autism acceptance and understanding is better for our mental health than awareness. You can check it out below! if you enjoyed this thread and would like toContinue reading “Why I believe autism acceptance and understanding is better for our mental health than awareness”

Signs of my ADHD that I did not realise were my ADHD

I’ve written up my ADHD thread as a blog post. If you relate to many of these signs and it impacts your life significantly the it might be worth doing some research into ADHD (please note this is not a diagnostic tool and is purely based on my lived experience). There is info at theContinue reading “Signs of my ADHD that I did not realise were my ADHD”

What to expect for your COVID Vaccine

I had my COVID vaccine yesterday, so I thought I’d do a thread doing this as an autistic person, so other autistic people will know what to expect. I got an email from my employer to book my vaccine because I am a key worker. I followed the link from the email to book theContinue reading “What to expect for your COVID Vaccine”

Quiet hyperactive ADHD, seven ways I experience it.

When I received my ADHD diagnosis, I wasn’t surprised as I had related to other people’s lived experiences a lot. However, I was convinced that my ADHD was only inattentive. Still, it turned out I have combined ADHD (both inattentiveness and hyperactive). that surprised me as I was never the child bouncing around the classroomContinue reading “Quiet hyperactive ADHD, seven ways I experience it.”