Autism and Food – why are we labeled ‘picky eaters’?

Autism and Food

Fond Food Memories I only received my diagnosis at age 41, so all my childhood food memories are framed in that light: unknowingly autistic. One One of my favorite items ever was (and still is) yogurt. Plain yogurt, with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. Breakfast, 2nd breakfast, elevenses, lunch, 2nd lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, supper,…… Continue reading Autism and Food – why are we labeled ‘picky eaters’?

Mapping social cues continued – Autism 101

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Social Skills Social Skills is probably one of the most difficult things for people on the spectrum to master. I really enjoyed this article. It gives Neurotypical people a glimpse of what we are going through just to begin our day in public. It is exhausting to say the least. I have been aware of…… Continue reading Mapping social cues continued – Autism 101

Mapping social cues to socially acceptable responses – Autism 101

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Smile! The amazing ability of my mind to identify millions and millions of sensory inputs and analyzing them and mapping them to known and unknown subsections in my memory and then identifying which social cues are relevant to the current interaction with someone AND then telling me HOW to act in order to respond appropriately…… Continue reading Mapping social cues to socially acceptable responses – Autism 101

ADHD and Autism

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Squirrel!!! I loved the scene in Over the Hedge where Hammy drinks the energy drink, I could absolutely relate to that. The feeling that your mind is working so fast that others seems to almost stand still in comparison. I have been slowing down my thinking on purpose since my preteen years because the other…… Continue reading ADHD and Autism

Handwriting and Autism – When Primary School Teachers discipline the wrong way

Handwriting and Autism

Handwriting and Autism My hands shake, they always have. I was never fortunate enough to go to Kindergarten and had to get by learning how to hold a pen, pencil or crayon the way I assumed it should be done. I remember watching my parents and siblings and studying their grip around a pen. I…… Continue reading Handwriting and Autism – When Primary School Teachers discipline the wrong way

Alternative Reality – unknowingly living with Autism

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Part 2 In 2010 I was approached by a mining company in South Africa to work as a Crisis Manager in the Industry. I worked on 23 Shafts managing operations of their Cap-lamp Rooms where they kit underground Miners. I developed a supply chain strategy for them which they still use today. I also worked…… Continue reading Alternative Reality – unknowingly living with Autism

Alternative Reality – Living with Autism without knowing it!

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My alternative Life – Before my diagnosis Part 1 To Neurotypical (Normal) People the definition is: Alternative: Relating to activities that depart from or challenge traditional norms.”an alternative lifestyle”Oxford Dictionary To Neurodivergent People like me, it is the exact opposite – I only visit Normal; I don’t get to stay there… Part 1 I was…… Continue reading Alternative Reality – Living with Autism without knowing it!

Isolation kills the Soul – growing up with Autism without knowing you’re on the Spectrum

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I was always alone, but never lonely. My mind was my best friend 🙂 I was labelled as the strange kid that wandered off into daydreams. I spent my youth discovering whatever nature had in store for me to discover. I was fascinated by how things work, and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with animals.…… Continue reading Isolation kills the Soul – growing up with Autism without knowing you’re on the Spectrum

I always felt like I didn’t fit in – How autism feels when you don’t know you’re on the spectrum

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I grew up in a small town. I have 3 brothers and 1 sister. I am the 4th child. Ever since I can remember I was alone. I was labeled as a weird kid. I remember that I was confused about the fact that I was not allowed to be in the same company as…… Continue reading I always felt like I didn’t fit in – How autism feels when you don’t know you’re on the spectrum