My Autism Diagnosis: Two Years On

September 23rd 2017 marks two years since I received my official autism diagnosis, and my life changed completely. This may seem like a small event for some people, but it’s one of the most important dates of the year for me. In the first year following my autism diagnosis, I focused a lot on learning […]

Missed Signs of Autism in Childhood

At seventeen years old, you could consider me years away from childhood when I received my autism diagnosis. A common misconception about people who receive a late diagnosis is that we avoided the struggles that a lot of autistic people who were diagnosed at a younger age received. I’ve looked back at my own childhood […]

My Autism Story

If you’ve visited my blog before, chances are you’ve seen a post or two of mine about autism. With that said, it would be fair to say that this is nowhere near the first post I’ve written about my disability, although perhaps it should’ve been. It didn’t occur to me until someone mentioned it that […]

Is Getting An Autism Diagnosis Worth It?

In the last few days, articles about an NHS plan to reduce the number of people receiving autism diagnosis’ has been circulating the internet. It says that diagnosis’ will be reserved for the ‘most severe cases’, or cases where other conditions, such as depression, have been identified. It’s worth mentioning that, at the moment, this […]

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The Difference Between Meltdowns and Shutdowns

If you’ve heard of autism, you’ve heard of autistic meltdowns. They’re often the part of autism that people mistake for being ‘bad behaviour’, even though that couldn’t be anything further from the truth. However, if you’ve heard of autism, you probably haven’t heard of autism shutdowns. It’s a relatively new phrase used in the autistic community […]

Autism and Change

For autistic people, change can be incredibly unnerving and stressful. That isn’t to say that neurotypical people don’t have problems with stress, too, but from what I understand, it’s on a completely different level for autistic people.

Autism and Special Interests

A week or so ago, I ended up discussing an old special interest with my dad—history. I’d completely forgotten this was a thing, even though it’s probably the longest standing special interest I’ve had to date, until my dad reminded me how much I used to throw information about complex subjects at people like it […]