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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.

a cigarette with smoke coming off of it

Nicotine addiction: the issue for Autistics that goes by the wayside

Autistic people smoke at higher rates than the rest of the population, and the reasons may be more nuanced than what is expected.

The social architecture of collective intelligence

Many autists reject all forms of social power. Unless we have autistic people in our environment that nurture our sense of agency and intrinsic motivations, trauma may prevent us from learning how to trust others and build eye level relationships.

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Why Autistic Kids and Adults Develop Intense Fears and Phobias

To understand autistic fears and phobias, non-autistic people need more context. This article can help non-autistic people support autistic children and adults through what may seem to be unreasonable fears.

The dark side: Facing up to the things I have done as an autistic addict

David Gray-Hammond dispels the myth that autistic people are just adult children incapable of doing self-destructive, violent, or criminal behavior and asks society to consider their role in the circumstances that lead up to a vulnerable and traumatized adulthood.

Tal Anderson: Finding My Voice through Acting

“The acting and improv training was a tool that I used to get me to the place where I am now – a place where I have a voice and I am confident enough to use it.”

Rediscovering the language of life

As I have been pointing out for the last few years, the commodification of neurodiversity and the exploitation of autistic people is in full swing.

a creepy therapist is coercing a child's hand to touch an object. the child looks at her with a sense of existential dread, shame, and something akin to giving up on life.

Does ABA Work? We’re Asking the Wrong Question.

Part One: We’re asking the wrong questions as parents of autistic children. Instead of asking if ABA works, we should be asking what are the consequences.

A Strategy to Help Autistic Kids be Less Afraid of Storms– Or Anything Else

NeuroClastic CEO, Terra Vance teams up with autistic Meteorologist JP Kalb to help you support your autistic child through a fear of storms.

Why did I use drugs? The feeling of being an autistic addict

I completely replaced who I was. My entire life was about drugs and alcohol. It was literally all I spoke about. All I thought about. All of my hopes and dreams washed away and were replaced by what I thought was a “lifestyle choice.”

a cigarette with smoke coming off of it

Nicotine addiction: the issue for Autistics that goes by the wayside

Autistic people smoke at higher rates than the rest of the population, and the reasons may be more nuanced than what is expected.

The social architecture of collective intelligence

Many autists reject all forms of social power. Unless we have autistic people in our environment that nurture our sense of agency and intrinsic motivations, trauma may prevent us from learning how to trust others and build eye level relationships.

a creepy therapist is coercing a child's hand to touch an object. the child looks at her with a sense of existential dread, shame, and something akin to giving up on life.

Does ABA Work? We’re Asking the Wrong Question.

Part One: We’re asking the wrong questions as parents of autistic children. Instead of asking if ABA works, we should be asking what are the consequences.

A Strategy to Help Autistic Kids be Less Afraid of Storms– Or Anything Else

NeuroClastic CEO, Terra Vance teams up with autistic Meteorologist JP Kalb to help you support your autistic child through a fear of storms.

Why did I use drugs? The feeling of being an autistic addict

I completely replaced who I was. My entire life was about drugs and alcohol. It was literally all I spoke about. All I thought about. All of my hopes and dreams washed away and were replaced by what I thought was a “lifestyle choice.”

a cigarette with smoke coming off of it

Nicotine addiction: the issue for Autistics that goes by the wayside

Autistic people smoke at higher rates than the rest of the population, and the reasons may be more nuanced than what is expected.

The social architecture of collective intelligence

Many autists reject all forms of social power. Unless we have autistic people in our environment that nurture our sense of agency and intrinsic motivations, trauma may prevent us from learning how to trust others and build eye level relationships.

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