As I continue to study my past now that I have received my diagnosis, I uncover strange and sad facts and patterns that clearly confirms why I had such a difficult life. I listed all the different houses I can remember since I was a child. I ended up counting 42 houses. That means I…… Continue reading Way-finding with Autism, ADHD and OCPD
I am so happy to have stumbled onto this very appropriate explanation of what Autism feels like to her, wow! My Answer to the Question ‘What Does Autism Feel Like?’ Lori Sealy • FollowApril 21, 2016 One of the questions I’m most often asked by parents of people living with autism (and one of the questions I’m…… Continue reading What does Autism feel like?
Body The human experience is one that has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. I had a difficult childhood which only Neurodivergent folk would be able to relate to. Confused, anxious, high-strung, always alert, always watching, always analyzing. I was a skinny kid with low muscle tone. My appetite was just enough…… Continue reading Nominated at 12 to attend a School for the Gifted – Autism
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’?
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
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
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 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
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
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!