Diagnosis and Self-Awareness

It’s funny, in a dry, dark manner, that I missed writing last week for “Take The Mask Off”. Why? Because it was about burnout. And I feel like with everything on my plate right now, I’m flirting on the edge of burnout. Not only did I not write, I didn’t do a podcast either. Not … Read moreDiagnosis and Self-Awareness

Four-Way Stop: What’s up with “End Autism Now”???; and Hacker Summer Camp by proxy

So this week, the audio is a little wonky. Sorry. I’m going to get a small mixer when I have the money. Avoiding talking about mental health again, because it hits a little more to the core than I would like. However, we need to drown out these “End Autism Now” idiots. Also, living Las … Read moreFour-Way Stop: What’s up with “End Autism Now”???; and Hacker Summer Camp by proxy

Masking & Mental Health

Masking is just another form of isolation that fancies itself a tool of social reciprocity.   I apologize ahead of time as I am not a research writer, but I have read plenty about the effects isolation has on the human psyche. Look no further than in prisons that contain solitary housing units. Isolation has … Read moreMasking & Mental Health

Four-Way Stop: Stimming

Sorry, I wasn’t impressed with the audio quality this week myself. I’ll do better with it next week. Recorded 6-8 more minutes, but just wasn’t feeling putting the extra out there. So, talking briefly about stimming and how it relates to masking.  

What is Stimming?

Week two of the #TakeTheMaskOff campaign is about stimming. This is another one of those subjects that others can claim “EVERYONE DOES THIS!” So let’s start from the beginning of the lesson. What is a stim? It is a self-stimulating behavior or action. Yes, everyone does it. You often hear it referred to more often … Read moreWhat is Stimming?

Four-Way Stop: #TakeTheMaskOff The Problems When Your Mask Comes Off

So this podcast is a promised follow-up from my #TakeTheMaskOff post from earlier in the week… What are the dangers you run in to when you take the mask off?

AAM – Day 30 (Acceptance means…)

There is so much movement in the diversity and inclusion front these days. Some of it is token and not worth the paper the press release came on. Others are making concerted efforts to take D&I seriously. The only thing I would do different is make sure D&I ropes in EVERYONE. Gender, ethnicity, disability, neuro-type… … Read moreAAM – Day 30 (Acceptance means…)

AAM – Day 29 (Famous Autistics)

Just a smattering of famous autistics (that everyone would recognize as famous)… Anthony Hopkins is the genius behind many roles, including Hannibal Lecter. Dan Aykroyd is a comedy legend that has always been quirky. Tim Burton, who is self-diagnosed, is known for directing movies about subject matters some might find odd, but they always make … Read moreAAM – Day 29 (Famous Autistics)

AAM – Day 28 (Dealing with meltdowns)

I will be perfectly honest. I don’t think I handle meltdowns in a solid manner. Granted, it is a meltdown. Who does? The key is to know you’re about to cross that threshold, and then stop the direction you’re going in once you realize that. I, on the other hand, don’t see it coming until … Read moreAAM – Day 28 (Dealing with meltdowns)

AAM – Day 27 (Identity Language)

First, I will say that I support an autistic person’s right to choose if they will be identified with person-first language or identity-first language. Second, I will say that in multiple polls, an overwhelming majority of autistic people indicate they prefer identity-first language. Third, I use and support identity-first language for autistic people. But I … Read moreAAM – Day 27 (Identity Language)