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 … Continue readingDiagnosis and Self-Awareness

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 … Continue readingMasking & Mental Health

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 … Continue readingWhat is Stimming?

What Is Masking?

What is masking? What’s it like to wear “the mask”? When I think about these questions, my mind is brought to the traditional lucha libre wrestling in Mexico. Nearly every professional wrestler in Mexico starts out wearing a mask. The mask is sacred. The mask … Continue readingWhat Is Masking?

Silently Yelling

It was just another day when it began. I didn’t have the most demanding job in the world. My responsibility? I fixed things when no one else could. My ability? I’m autistic. However, no one in the company knows this. It did not seem something … Continue readingSilently Yelling

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 … Continue readingAAM – 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 … Continue readingAAM – 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. … Continue readingAAM – 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 … Continue readingAAM – Day 27 (Identity Language)

AAM – Day 26 (Favorite Autism Book)

The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome I am a big fan of plain language that is geared towards the audience. The more simple and straight forward, the better. This book is … Continue readingAAM – Day 26 (Favorite Autism Book)