Stimming

  Stimming, also called self-stimulation or more clinically stereotypy, is a repetitive movement or sound that autistic people make. All autistic people stim. In fact, the DSM-5 includes stimming as a part of the diagnostic criteria for ASD, in outlining it as...

Functioning Labels

  Functioning is nowhere near linear. Functioning is fluid, and functioning labels harm autistic people and promote ableism. They deny agency to those of us who are deemed low-functioning and they deny support for those of us deemed high-functioning. THEY NEED TO...

Meltdowns & Shutdowns

  In an earlier post, I discussed sensory overload and the fact that if sensory overload isn’t addressed using supports and techniques specific to the person it can result in meltdowns, shutdowns, or both. Essentially, shutdowns are a specific type of meltdown....

Employing and Empowering Neurodivergents: Sensory

  Although divergent thinkers enter the workforce with an array of natural advantages, neurodivergence is, for many, a hidden disability, as society is built for neurotypical minds, rather than neurodivergent ones. According to the social model of disability,...