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My Childrens Book - I’m #Autistic & I’m Phenomenal

I’m Autistic & Im Phenomenal is a story that displays the challenges but more importantly the joys of autism through the eyes of a little autistic black girl, Experience her journey as she navigates both difficulties and the beauty of her unique perspective, shedding light on the power of acceptance and embracing differences 💜♾️available now
#Autism #AutismAcceptance #AutismSpectrumDisorder #ASD #AutismSpectrum #AutismInGirls #Nonverbal

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Autistic Representation in the Media

So I have some questions for afab/ladies on the spectrum- particularly if you’re
• A musician

-What autistic experiences do you think are underrepresented in the media/fiction?
- What kind of representation do you want to see?
- What do you NOT want to see?
-If you feel comfortable, feel free to share some of your experiences.

#Autism #AutismInGirls #autisminwomen

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Does anyone have advice on getting diagnosed with autism as an adult woman?

The more I look at my childhood and how I interface with the world I think Im autistic. However I know things are a bit different for adults and more so for women. I honestly don't even know where to start working towards a diagnosis. #Autism #AutismDiagnosis #autisminwomen #AutismInGirls


I can't brush my hair....


I can't brush my hair... It hurts too much. Washing my hair feels gross. Having my long, wet hair on my neck feels dirty. I tie it up in a bandana like some pin-up hot chick but I'm not, I'm just sick and tired. I hate my hair. I'm so embarrassed. It's like an exploded bird's nest. I want to shave it off. I want to shave it off. I want to shave it off.

15 years ago I was 18 years old and I rocked a green mohawk and shaved sides. I had several piercings. I was so rock n roll. I had a baby. I've never been the same.

But I really want to shave my head again. and I would. But I'm fat now. And what if it only suited me when I was so stick thin?

But... I'm pretty sure the first time I shaved my head... It was just because I couldn't brush my hair. It hurt too much. It felt disgusting. And I was a teenager, full of confidence. I just cut it off. And put on my lipstick. Into university I rode. #SensoryOverloads #AutismInGirls


My Girl

My daughter is 11 and has been diagnosed with ADHD and ODD for a couple years now. However, as she has gotten older, she seems to be fitting a lot of the traits associated with autistic girls. She never had a speech delay, but doesn't seem to understand a lot of the subtleties of language. She also had a lisp for awhile. She had very delayed overnight toilet-training and difficulty with bike riding. She has always been ahead academically and behind socially, especially now. She goes to great lengths to avoid washing her hair and bathing, and doesn't seem to understand that she can't pick her nose in public. She has issues with hoarding - especially food, and can't stand to not be in control. She has been wait-listed for repeat neuro-psych testing. I'm beginning to think she has high-functioning ASD and PDA, not ODD. Does anyone have a similar experience?


Why we need more neurodiversity in our world #Autism #Bullying

My 13 year old daughter changed schools this month. For any teen, joining a new school part way through the school year is a challenge. But for my daughter it has been especially hard, as she is autistic and is managing in mainstream school. She finds new places scary, and is particularly affected by crowds and loud noises. She has also had a spectacular cold and her immune system has been at an all time low. So the last few weeks have been a special kind of hell for her, and thus for the rest of the family. Every day, she has come home grey with exhaustion, huge circles under her eyes, barely able to speak, and has climbed into our bed with her iPad to watch something for very little children, to soothe herself.

I’m setting the scene for just how incredibly hard it has been for her, because I want to tell you about what happened on her very first day at the new school. The specialist support she needs behind the scenes — like many girls who are autistic, she focuses huge amounts of energy to hide her autism, and won’t accept the help she needs if it is visible to others — was unexpectedly not in place, as the person who was to be her support was suddenly away from school due to a bereavement. So she is in mainstream school, first day, no support, utterly terrified.

And she walks with a group of kids past some much older, bigger, white boys verbally and physically racially abusing a boy of colour. My daughter is white. The school, like the area we live in, has very few pupils of any other background.

The group she is with walks on. My daughter, who is small for her age, is too scared of the bigger boys, so waits out of sight until they leave. Then she goes up to the bullied boy to ask if he is OK. She can see he isn’t, so she sits with him and asks him about what happened. He tells her the names they call him, the things they say, how it makes him feel. He says everyone hates him. My daughter tells him she does not, and that he seems very nice.

Remember this is all happening on my daughter’s very first day. A day on which we saw, after school, the biggest meltdown we have ever seen her have, from the shock and stress of the new school.

But this isn’t the part of the story that makes me so amazed by the ways in which the neurodiverse mind works.

That evening, after the meltdown had passed, and we were curled up in my bed together, she told me about the above incident.

“I am SO proud of you for stopping to see if that boy was OK,” I said, “so proud.”

To my surprise, my lovely, exhausted but now relaxed daughter became really angry with me.

“You SHOULDN’T be proud of me, Mommy,” she shouted. “It should be NORMAL to stop and see if someone is OK when that happens! I’m so angry at the people I was with. They WALKED ON and did nothing! They ignored it!”

She is right. It should be normal to stop and see if someone is OK.

This is why we need more neurodiversity. More of this.

I’m still really proud of her. #AutismInGirls


Writing a book on autism

I decided to wrote a book on autism because I believe there needs to be more awareness. The main character is called Alice and she is a girl starting high school. At first she doesn't understand why she is so different until she is diagnosed with autism. Her family doesn't believe it and her school doesn't believe it until ( I haven't figured out the end ) . I just want to know if it's a good idea #Autism #AutismInGirls #Autistic #actuallyautistic