An Aspies Guide To The Holidays

Some really useful tips in here!  Thank you for writing this πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸΌ

The Godless Iowan

A few weeks back I wrote a few tips from the atheist side of things and I thought that I might come back to this topic from another important aspect of my life, Autism. The holidays are both wonderful and horrifying to many of us on the spectrum. We love to give, to receive, to spend time with family but at the same time all of these things can cause us a lot of stress and anxiety. So without further ado, here are some tips for Aspies during the holidays.

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1.) Know your exits

With the holidays come social gatherings and in any social gathering it is important to know your exits. If things get a bit to stressful, or you find yourself headed towards an overload head towards that exit. An exit isn’t meant to imply you are leaving but that you are heading off for a moment to…

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#Autism Eclipse – The Dark Side of Passing

Amen to this!  Every word.  Putting on a mask is one of those survival strategies we may not even realize we’re doing.  Sometimes we’re so good at it that we even fool ourselves!  Such a brilliant and eloquent post πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜˜

My Autistic Dance

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A Facebook post earlier got me thinking about the effort we expend in passing as non-autistic. The lengths we go to to conform. And what that costs us.

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Undercover Autistic: on disclosing autism in the (academic) workplace

This is an especially fantastic post! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ.  I love the strategies for allowing one’s natural autistic traits shine through, with excellent, succinct explanations for them that nonautistic people can understand fairly quickly.  *Great* post 😁❀️❀️

The Third Glance

Autistic – the word that I first heard applied to me my freshman year of college – it was weighted full of disdain, and I feared it. I feared it, knowing but little of the disorder I’d never really encountered, but had heard some very awful things about.

Autistic – the word that I learned more and more about, as I devoured everything I could read on the subject, which was just so utterly fascinating to me.

Autistic – the word that I learned explained the why of how I interacted with the world. The word that explained nearly everything that made me different from the people I was surrounded by.

Autistic – the word that gave me freedom from my fear and belief that I was just a completely broken person who would never succeed.

Autistic – the word that gave me power over myself and my environment.

Autistic…

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