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”

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.”

Grief Post Diagnosis: How Do #ActuallyAutistic People Feel About This?

For me, receiving my autism diagnosis at age 24 was a euphoric sense of relief. I was happy and finally on the path to discovering my authentic self. I thought that my diagnosis would only be a positive thing. Although this is true for me most of the time, but I can’t help thinking whatContinue reading “Grief Post Diagnosis: How Do #ActuallyAutistic People Feel About This?”

Is Yale University Justifying Child Abuse?

Recently a study was published where three researchers (Dr Suzanne Macar, Dr Angelina Vernetti and Dr Katarzyna Chawarska) at Yale did an experiment where they aimed to scare both autistic and neurotypical children, trying to establish a link between distress and autism in early childhood, while suggesting it may impact ‘emerging affective and behavioural symptoms.’ Continue reading “Is Yale University Justifying Child Abuse?”