Autistic Traits

My Problem with Autistic Meltdowns: Part Two

Autistic meltdowns have made me a better person. It’s strange to frame it like this, but it’s true. I’ve come to a place where I am grateful for them, and I welcome them into my home.

Motorcycle Boy's perception of color is limited to the "rumble fish".

The Autistic Gaze: Rumble Fish [film]

Representation matters, even indirect and unintentional representation. Headcanon neurodivergent characters abound in our cultural landscape. Motorcycle Boy is damn near archetypal for me. He is an avataric poem, a song of disenfranchisement, a long epic tale of knowing yourself SO well and being known not at all.

Swallowed Whole: Inside an Autistic PTSD Flashback

Asiatu Lawoyin, at age 42, experienced their first PTSD flashback from childhood sexual abuse. Asiatu unpacks the space between the trauma and the flashback through the lens of being Black and autistic.

The Hidden Rooms in my Mind

RPM enabled me to communicate and express myself after 22 years of being misunderstood and unable to communicate. This is my first longer piece of work trying to describe my mind to people. It took me many sessions to write.

Image of a lighthouse in a storm about to be covered by a wave. Image is a metaphor for how an autistic person with autism may feel during a meltdown

My Problem with Autistic Meltdowns

Autistic meltdowns are an inevitable and necessary part of our lives. When they become part of the shame-rage cycle, we start to see problems.

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