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The Autism Spectrum According to Autistic People

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Our Journeys with Selective Mutism, Personal Stories by Autistic People

Our Journey with Selective Mutism – Bekki Semenova and Stella

Most people think that we are being stubborn or that we actually get to choose when we are able to talk or not. This is definitely not the case. Selective mutism is not an easy condition to manage.

Breaking new - Autistic people are too generous. Neuroclastic. Pink stuffed animal bunny sitting in front of a donations jar.

Autistic People Care Too Much, Research Says

A research article concluded that autistic people cared too much about others, citing inflexibility to be an issue by following moral code even when individual gains are high. In my personal opinion as an autistic person, I would argue that the non-autistic participants did not weight the negative consequences of their actions enough, and simply chose individual benefit over other people.

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Announcement: Virtual ASAN Gala November 12-15th

For the first time, ASAN’s annual gala is virtual, making it more accessible to those who weren’t able to travel. See the schedule of events and find out how to attend.

Selective Mutism – Just because somebody can’t speak, doesn’t mean they don’t have a voice

Teens Bekki Semenova and Ellie Rebarbar shine a light on selective mutism, an anxiety disorder that is often misunderstood and needs more awareness and acceptance.

Autism Speaks and ABA: Same Harmful Methods, Different Coat of Paint

Autism Speaks rebranded as “new,” and a part of their new campaign rollout is teaching parents to use ABA principles on their children. What could go wrong with programming an impressionable child to comply for candy?

EQ Skills as an Imperative to Formal Curriculum?

I am a passionate advocate of EQ as an essential part of early years formal education. I know for sure that some of my issues would never have taken root so deeply had an education system been in place which valued the growth of the individual.

The Glass Room: Being autistic in a neurotypical world

Christine Condo on how the experience of being autistic is like being locked out of a glass room that she can see inside but can never enter.

Autism, Fire Alarms, & School Fire Drills

For many autistic students, school fire drills can be deeply upsetting. For Alex, the fear of the next one was so traumatizing that it prevented access to a free and appropriate education.

Autistic woman looking left out but wanting to interact with peers

Don’t assume I’m masking

I am writing this to carve out space for myself in the socially-constructed version of the world. I don’t exist if I’m autistic and all autistic people who act the way I’m acting are masking.

Our Journeys with Selective Mutism, Personal Stories by Autistic People

Our Journey with Selective Mutism – Bekki Semenova and Stella

Most people think that we are being stubborn or that we actually get to choose when we are able to talk or not. This is definitely not the case. Selective mutism is not an easy condition to manage.

Breaking new - Autistic people are too generous. Neuroclastic. Pink stuffed animal bunny sitting in front of a donations jar.

Autistic People Care Too Much, Research Says

A research article concluded that autistic people cared too much about others, citing inflexibility to be an issue by following moral code even when individual gains are high. In my personal opinion as an autistic person, I would argue that the non-autistic participants did not weight the negative consequences of their actions enough, and simply chose individual benefit over other people.

EQ Skills as an Imperative to Formal Curriculum?

I am a passionate advocate of EQ as an essential part of early years formal education. I know for sure that some of my issues would never have taken root so deeply had an education system been in place which valued the growth of the individual.

The Glass Room: Being autistic in a neurotypical world

Christine Condo on how the experience of being autistic is like being locked out of a glass room that she can see inside but can never enter.

Autism, Fire Alarms, & School Fire Drills

For many autistic students, school fire drills can be deeply upsetting. For Alex, the fear of the next one was so traumatizing that it prevented access to a free and appropriate education.

Autistic woman looking left out but wanting to interact with peers

Don’t assume I’m masking

I am writing this to carve out space for myself in the socially-constructed version of the world. I don’t exist if I’m autistic and all autistic people who act the way I’m acting are masking.

Our Journeys with Selective Mutism, Personal Stories by Autistic People

Our Journey with Selective Mutism – Bekki Semenova and Stella

Most people think that we are being stubborn or that we actually get to choose when we are able to talk or not. This is definitely not the case. Selective mutism is not an easy condition to manage.

Breaking new - Autistic people are too generous. Neuroclastic. Pink stuffed animal bunny sitting in front of a donations jar.

Autistic People Care Too Much, Research Says

A research article concluded that autistic people cared too much about others, citing inflexibility to be an issue by following moral code even when individual gains are high. In my personal opinion as an autistic person, I would argue that the non-autistic participants did not weight the negative consequences of their actions enough, and simply chose individual benefit over other people.