Stimming 101, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Stim

Everybody does it. It’s perfectly normal, but often embarrassing—something we encourage our children to suppress, or do in private. Existing on a continuum from healthy, to bad habit, to scandalizing, stimming is as diverse as humanity itself. What is stimming? Stimming—short for self-stimulation—is a term that has yet to make it into any dictionary, despite…

Body Language 101, Part 2: How?

In the previous installment of this series we explored the concept of nonverbal communication, and why reading and using body language is a skill of utmost importance, not to be underestimated. Now comes the next step: How to learn, and where to start. Throughout my post-diagnostic journey into the autism world, the questions most commonly…

Body Language 101, Part 1: Why?

Over these past few years I’ve spent telling my story for interviews, conferences, and workshops, I’ve begun to narrow down my assortment of illustrative anecdotes to a few choice selections. One of the most popular of these, and the one that concerns us today, is the story of how I taught myself to recognize and…

Liebster Award

Thank you to both Lizzie Lee and Cognitive Caribou for nominating me to be a part of this project! I’m making this post a little late, but because I was just recently nominated a second time (thanks, Glynis) I felt that now is as good a time as any. The following instructions are copied from Glynis’ post.  ♥ There…

Self-Diagnosis, Self-Acceptance

This week I will be writing about an issue near and dear to my heart: The stigma of self-diagnosis. More specifically, many within the autism community see those who unofficially diagnose themselves with ASDs as anything from deluded, to attention seeking, to outright mockeries of “real” autistics. Simply put, this stereotype is unfair, privileged, and…