This blog isn't an "autism parent" blog. I use this site as a place for my own catharsis, and for information- and experience-sharing. Nevertheless, I am a parent, and that part of who I am will, at times, feed into what I think and feel, and, thus, what I write about. I am also an … Continue reading Another like me?
Such important words. As much as autistic people are experts on autism (and we are!), every autistic person – myself included – should remember that each one of us can only ever speak for ourselves as individuals. Every person's experience is different...and equally valid.
As I wrote in another post a while back, sometimes it hits me. And this morning it really, really hit me. And I did something I've never done before. Since my official diagnosis, exactly two months ago today, I've been – as usual – in numerous situations at work where I've been required to 'network'. … Continue reading A line has been crossed.
Writing is so helpful for me – both in allowing me to unload my thoughts, and in, hopefully, providing a platform for me to share my experiences and (maybe) educate others. If you’re autistic, and you have things to say but don’t run a blog, Under Your Radar is providing a valuable platform here.
We all have a story to tell
If you’ve got something to share about your autistic life, but you don’t have a blog – and don’t want to be bothered with it – send to me in the comments below as a guest post.
I’m not doing much writing this month (it’s my Silent September in honor of my non-verbal self).
So, if you’d like to fill in the blanks here, please comment below, and I’ll edit your piece & post it here (provided it fits, and it’s written by an ActuallyAutistic individual – self-diagnosed or self-identifying is fine with me — just no overt hate, bias, etc allowed – just … no).
I am drawn to the colour green. It's an additional nutrient my body needs to stay alive. I grew up in a village, surrounded by trees, fields, winding country paths, and gently rolling hills. My childhood was in many ways far from idyllic – as an undiagnosed autistic girl it was hardly ever going to … Continue reading Mesmerising nature
It was only very recently that it occurred to me: I rarely look people directly in the eyes. Coming from a 36-year-old autistic person, that probably sounds preposterous. Autistic people are known for not making eye contact, aren't we? And surely I'd have noticed such a major behavioural trait in myself? I mean, yes, my … Continue reading Why I “can’t possibly be Autistic”, Reason #2: eye to eye?
Hi, folks! I just wanted to quickly apologise for some confusing activity on this site over the past week. I've had very sporadic broadband access at home over the past week and, given that I tend to do almost all my blogging using an iPad app, this has been causing huge problems with the syncing … Continue reading Quick apology…
I've been a little short on spoons over the past few weeks. Once the working day is over, and my children have got as much out of me as they need, my brain hasn't had sufficient processing power for me to blog, and I've struggled, even, with many everyday tasks. I'm all used up. I now feel … Continue reading The importance of self-care
[Trigger warning: mental illness] Dear Parent/Carer, I'm writing to you in my capacity both as the parent of a little girl awaiting assessment for autism, and as an adult autistic woman, and one who has spent most of her life, until the age of 36, undiagnosed. I know you've been wondering about your girl. Perhaps … Continue reading A Letter to the Parent or Carer of an Undiagnosed Autistic Girl
My life has been one filled with envy. Envy at the other children in the playground who weren't constantly 'it' during games of tag because they couldn't keep up with the rest. Envy at the girls who all the boys fancied at school, and those who were graceful, elegant, whilst I tripped over my own … Continue reading I must stop comparing myself to others.