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Life with Autism, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Cats

After surviving a war zone in Saudi Arabia and Beirut and returning to the US, David Chin found himself face down in a puddle in a grocery store parking lot, screaming “AIR RAID!” when he heard thunder. He was diagnosed with PTSD and told to get a pet.

Life with Autism, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Cats

After surviving a war zone in Saudi Arabia and Beirut and returning to the US, David Chin found himself face down in a puddle in a grocery store parking lot, screaming “AIR RAID!” when he heard thunder. He was diagnosed with PTSD and told to get a pet.

Life with Autism, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Cats

After surviving a war zone in Saudi Arabia and Beirut and returning to the US, David Chin found himself face down in a puddle in a grocery store parking lot, screaming “AIR RAID!” when he heard thunder. He was diagnosed with PTSD and told to get a pet.

Religious Trauma and A Tale of Two “Isms”

Amanda Madru talks about the intersection of religion and autism and how being autistic made her susceptible to religious trauma.

A nonspeaking autistic teen’s reflections on the global pandemic

Sahit Bhagavatula is a 14-year-old nonspeaking autistic who won a writing contest with this essay and his reflections on the covid-19 pandemic.

A female appearing person who appears to be asian is lying face down on a white couch, a book in hand, glasses off to the side. She ooks exhausted and symbolizes autistic burnout in autism adulthood.

What does it mean to be an autistic adult?

What does it mean to be an autistic adult? A spouse? A home? A career? Or is it a constant battle to be accepted and working beyond the point of exhaustion into repeated burnouts?

Neuroception 101: How the mindbody scans and adapts for safety and danger

Neurodivergent occupational therapist, Ara Munir, explains Neuroception, a sensory response to actual or perceived threats in the environment.

The OCD is in Control

Trevor Byrd is a nonspeaking autistic teen struggling with obsessive compulsions. He conjectures that OCD is his brain’s way of trying to gain some control over his circumstances.

The purpose of human cultures

From a position of safety within a network of mutual aid, autistic people are ideally equipped to act as catalysts for the evolution of social norms for collaboration between groups, to allow human scale communities to manage scarce resources sustainably at bioregional levels, and to share trustworthy knowledge globally, via the global communications networks we have established.

The Unexplored Link Between Autism and Substance Abuse 

Ellie Rebarbar looks at the link between autism and addiction and how addiction resources fail autistic people.

Autism and Religion: A silent anxiety

As a nonspeaker, Trevor Byrd internalized the religious dogma he heard his whole life in silent dedication. As he got older, his values conflicted with his rigid observance of Catholic canon. The support he received from his mom helped him to keep his faith and be true to his values.

Good company in an era of peak cognitive dissonance

From an autistic perspective cognitive dissonance manifests not in terms of contradictory beliefs, but in terms of complete alienation from the mainstream culture in industrialised societies. Most of the so-called foundations of our civilisation amount to a delusional level of wishful thinking. Our society is locked into paradigmatic inertia by fear and busyness.

Therapy Saved My Life

Nick Barry is a nonspeaker who has his world opened up by gaining access to communication, but his emotional needs were not met until he was enrolled in counseling.

Religious Trauma and A Tale of Two “Isms”

Amanda Madru talks about the intersection of religion and autism and how being autistic made her susceptible to religious trauma.

A nonspeaking autistic teen’s reflections on the global pandemic

Sahit Bhagavatula is a 14-year-old nonspeaking autistic who won a writing contest with this essay and his reflections on the covid-19 pandemic.

The Unexplored Link Between Autism and Substance Abuse 

Ellie Rebarbar looks at the link between autism and addiction and how addiction resources fail autistic people.

Autism and Religion: A silent anxiety

As a nonspeaker, Trevor Byrd internalized the religious dogma he heard his whole life in silent dedication. As he got older, his values conflicted with his rigid observance of Catholic canon. The support he received from his mom helped him to keep his faith and be true to his values.

Good company in an era of peak cognitive dissonance

From an autistic perspective cognitive dissonance manifests not in terms of contradictory beliefs, but in terms of complete alienation from the mainstream culture in industrialised societies. Most of the so-called foundations of our civilisation amount to a delusional level of wishful thinking. Our society is locked into paradigmatic inertia by fear and busyness.

Therapy Saved My Life

Nick Barry is a nonspeaker who has his world opened up by gaining access to communication, but his emotional needs were not met until he was enrolled in counseling.

Religious Trauma and A Tale of Two “Isms”

Amanda Madru talks about the intersection of religion and autism and how being autistic made her susceptible to religious trauma.

A nonspeaking autistic teen’s reflections on the global pandemic

Sahit Bhagavatula is a 14-year-old nonspeaking autistic who won a writing contest with this essay and his reflections on the covid-19 pandemic.

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