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Autism and coping mechanisms

For many of us coping mechanisms and our pull towards them is a partly subconscious process and something we do to keep ourselves regulated almost instinctively. It’s probably mostly in times of more acute distress that we actively think about what our coping mechanisms are and which ones to employ in order to feel a … Continue reading Autism and coping mechanisms

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Autism and maturity

Autistic adults are often perceived to be inherently childlike. This doesn’t seem to be limited to those with particular profiles or specific combinations of autistic traits and instead applies to autistic adults regardless of presentation. This indictment is far more nuanced and heavily layered for those who have additional disabilities and so it is important to … Continue reading Autism and maturity

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Autism and gender

When I think about being both non-binary and autistic I pre-empt the collective eye-roll that I fear will follow those thoughts being verbalised. Perhaps I’ve overinflated the likelihood of this, maybe any quizzical look that follows a declaration of being both non-binary AND autistic is not a look of exasperation at all. After all, facial … Continue reading Autism and gender

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Autism and underemployment

Statistically autistic people are much more likely to be either un or underemployed. Unfortunately, misconceptions about the strengths and capabilities of autistic people may lead many to conclude that this phenomenon is indicative of ability level above all other factors. This assumption resides on a large and worrying misunderstanding about the complications autistic people are … Continue reading Autism and underemployment

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Autism and the need for accuracy

Autism is still very poorly understood by the majority. This isn’t surprising when you consider that the most widely esteemed literature and research on this neurotype comes from the perspective of neurotypicals. Even worse, it tends to focus on a very limited presentation that doesn’t do the broadness of the spectrum justice or pay enough … Continue reading Autism and the need for accuracy