Putting the Pieces Back Together: Meltdowns are NOT a Sign of Weakness

Something which is generally known about those with ASD is the fact that we experience what I prefer to call a ‘Meltdown’. This varies among individuals, but for me this is something which can involve a lot of physical pain, emotional confusion and mental shutdown. Now let me be clear about this however, not all…

Invisible yet still physical: The unspoken side-effects of Autism

Now, I would like to place a disclaimer before I begin. These experiences are my own, and may relate to some others, so please don’t assume that this is generalizing all so please be sympathetic to those whose experiences may not match this description still. Confusion: This may seem fairly mundane, I mean don’t we…

January Blues? Now it’s time for Fresh February

How to beat back the blues Autism is complex, especially during Winter when sensory stimuli is often on top form. Wind, rain (sadly not not fire, but I 100% encourage listening to a song or two as a way to cheer up) are just a few of the stimuli which can cause a rise in…

The Spiral

It would be pretty easy to call this past week the week from hell. I’m talking non-stop melt-downs, sensory overload and constantly feeling like a failure. The thing is though, this is the norm when living with this. People sometimes feel shocked when I let them see what happens, but this is my everyday reality….

A-Typical is A-No from me, try something different next time

Now, I will admit to finding any television show which highlights Autism a bit skeptically, and am often a difficult judge to please. However, this television show wouldn’t anger me this much if it wasn’t another in a long line, perpetuating the mind-numbing trope that men are the ones who suffer and all Autism involves…

The realities of Autism and your first year at University

Firstly, the journey to get to University in the first place was daunting in itself. Facing the prospect of living without my support network is something everyone faces, yet as someone with ASD this is exasperated by 100%. After getting no support from my secondary school in how to live independently nor preparing me for…