Please don’t touch me

I want to talk a little bit about meltdowns. Why do they happen to autistic people? What do they look like? What should you do in that situation? Hopefully this post should clear up any misconceptions around this topic, and help any autistic readers to understand why our brains do this thing.

Being overwhelmed: Autistic version

My friends often ask why I squeeze my nose with both hands so often, and I in the past I explained it as a nervous tick. I was kind of right, because it’s a stress response associated with autism called “stimming”. This post will explain a little more about what stimming is and why it is important to understand.

My University Experiences

I’d like to talk a little bit about my experiences in higher education (so far, I still have more to go!). I wasn’t diagnosed with ASD until my final year of university, so it has taken a lot of reflection to recognise how it affected me throughout my degree because I had to learn whatContinue reading “My University Experiences”

Masking in autistic females: why we don’t “look” how you expect

Very early in my journey towards a diagnosis, I read that autism is more commonly diagnosed in males than females. When I looked into this further, it became clear that autism is commonly missed in females due to multiple factors, including a lack of knowledge about how it is presented in females, misdiagnoses and masking.Continue reading “Masking in autistic females: why we don’t “look” how you expect”