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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 19: Easily Distracted

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 19: Easily Distracted

The autism:ADHD interface.

I struggle to keep focused sometimes, unless I’m really engaged, interested, and enjoying what it is I’m doing. Sometimes it’s my surroundings that distract me; sometimes it’s my own thoughts. My brain never stops motoring.

[Image description: black and white felt tip comic scrip with two panels.

PANEL 1 (left-hand side: two female-presenting people, walking along – one is talking to the other (speech bubble: “so anyway, she was all, like…?!”),

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- 3 Day Quote Challenge – Day One

Blog:The Secret Aspie- 3 Day Quote Challenge – Day One

I am snowed under with study atm and struggling to complete an assignment due tomorrow night but I just wanted to quickly say thank you to Sayyidsgirl

for nominating me for the 3 DAY QUOTE CHALLENGE. Ah crap, I hate these things.

DAY 1Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).3. Share why this quote appeals so much to you.4. Nominate 3

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Blog:The Silent Wave- Autism, executive function, and … school

Blog:The Silent Wave- Autism, executive function, and … school

In case it seems like the hallways of The Silent Wave have become ghostly lately, I can explain (grin).

I have decided to go back to school, as some of y’all know, for a Masters degree.

It’s hard to go back to school as a grown-up, especially when you’ve been out of the School Mode for nearly a decade, and especially when you’re … autistic.

Well, that’s the case for me, anyway.  Far be it

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Blog:Paula Sanchez- Guest post: Dear husband, I need your help…

Blog:Paula Sanchez- Guest post: Dear husband, I need your help…

image shows coffee in a blue cup and saucer next to a spiral bound notebook and pen on a wooden surface, with ‘dear husband, I need your help…’ in white lower case text over the centre of the image

Relationships between autistic and non-autistic people can be tricky, the different ways we express ourselves and our different needs can, at times, make it harder to support each other. Many of us autistics find it hard

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 18: Robots

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 18: Robots

You’d think, wouldn’t you, by now, that the stereotype of autistic people as emotionless, empathy-devoid, monotonous-voiced beings with no inner life might have been chucked out of the window forever. But it still seems to persist, even as we work to change the narrative.

I am fully human. My brain is simply a different machine from that of a neurotypical person.

I do quite like robots, though.

[Image description: Portrait orientation fineliner pen drawing

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Blog:Neuro Wonderful- Autism Acceptance & Appreciation: Because bewareness is so…

Blog:Neuro Wonderful- Autism Acceptance & Appreciation: Because bewareness is so…

Autism Acceptance & Appreciation: Because bewareness is so 2008.

A new design is now available in my redbubble shop! Get it as a shirt, sticker, coffee mug, and more here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/amythests/works/31344436-autism-acceptance-and-appreciation

[Image: Two models wearing mock-up versions of t-shirts with my new design on the front. Bold text with deep blue fill and yellow and white stars inside, “Autism”, and below that in smaller blue and yellow text, “awareness & acceptance”. End image description.]

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- “Being Us”

Blog:The Secret Aspie- “Being Us”

Being Us

I came across this movie today and as I seem to find it interesting watching how movies and books portray people with MPD/DID I watched it. And it wasn’t a bad movie as movies go, it was a bit soppy here and there but the main character who was a woman with MPD I felt was pretty close to the real deal. At least how I experienced my insiders.

It’s strange watching

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Blog:tagaught- #CASDASummit2018: Pre-Day Details

Blog:tagaught- #CASDASummit2018: Pre-Day Details

So, I’m doing the autistic advocate panel at the CASDA Leadership Summit in Ottawa this year. (I was part of it last year, as CAPP’s last gasp, but it seems I only wrote stuff down about it on Twitter rather than this blog. But they liked us so much last year that they requested a panel by autistic adults this year too!)

I got into it a bit late, because I hadn’t even realized about

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Why, because you picked out the poison envelopes? That's silly.”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Why, because you picked out the poison envelopes? That's silly.”

I knew synthesizers were going to take over my life.  I’m so obsessed with everything about them.  I’m close to printing a PCB board and designing an ultimate portable unit that plays sounds I programmed explicitly to my taste in music.  And that’s just one small branch of my synth obsession.  Software and hardware synths seemingly provide infinite sound creation possibilities.

I’m finding it hard to rationalize sleeping.  My vague memories of being

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no 17: the cabin in the woods

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no 17: the cabin in the woods

This one plays on my interests in horror (the haunted cabin in the woods is a common trope), spooky stuff, nature, and getting away from civilisation.

Like the ‘Edge of the Woods’ image, I have mixed feelings about the finished picture. I wasn’t always consistent in my choice of media (sometimes fineliner, sometimes felt tip, sometimes alcohol-based marker), so the blocks of colour are a bit uneven in places. And the composition of the

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- Feminising my Boi

Blog:The Secret Aspie- Feminising my Boi

So I was thinking, why do I enjoy feminisation, and with different partners, it has had different meanings. With Serena, it was because she was transgender and so I saw her as female. With J a couple of years ago it was because he enjoyed cross-dressing and with R it was because he would feel humiliated wearing women’s panties and show him I did not see him as a real man.

With Boi,

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 16: Ooohhh! Deeeetails!

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 16: Ooohhh! Deeeetails!

Autistics like me see, hear, and feel the details. Everywhere. We can’t stop our brains from detecting everything. When we’re vulnerable, tired, stressed, or anxious, or already overloaded, it’s hard to cope.

But sometimes, details can be delicious. When I’m relaxed, I revel in them. And sometimes, drawing my focus towards one particular detail or cluster of details keeps the rest of the clutter out of view.

[Image description: Cartoon Mama Pineapple, full colour,

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Stess: Anxiety, Perfectionism, Black and White Thinking and Catastrophising by Jeanette Purkis

Blog:Spectrum Women- Stess: Anxiety, Perfectionism, Black and White Thinking and Catastrophising by Jeanette Purkis

This article focuses on the stresses which are more likely to be the domain of autistic people: what they are and some strategies that can help address them.

Social anxiety

While this is not exclusive to autistic people, it is a very common occurrence for us. We might think that other people don’t like us or are judging or discriminating against us. This often comes from being bullied or invalidated in other ways in the

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- Answer to Porngirl3 – Words

Blog:The Secret Aspie- Answer to Porngirl3 – Words

Porngirl3 commented on my previous post “A presumptuous Boi”

I realize this isn’t a lecture or an interactive story but I have questions please if you don’t mind.1. What words do you use? Can you give me a sample or two?2. His little clitty? Is that a euphemism for his penis?3. What are “the insiders”? Multiple personalities? How did you resolve that?If you are to answer please Mistress even just in private I would

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- A presumptious Boi

Blog:The Secret Aspie- A presumptious Boi

Boi and I met at his place after he finished work and each time I see him my heart shudders to life and purrs. I laugh at how eager he is and how needy. As soon as he got home he rushed to have a shower before I got there and his hair was still wet when I grabbed his head in a heated kiss. My thank you was the desire I saw

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Blog:The Other Side- Get networked in! Autism and systemic ableism in the arts.

Blog:The Other Side- Get networked in! Autism and systemic ableism in the arts.

Mrs Pepperpot to the Rescue

My name is Sonia Boué and I’m an autistic artist. I’ve had a lot of luck in my career lately –  which has largely come about using my own autistic methods and working with two truly wonderful mentors. On the face of it I look pretty networked in, but most of my opportunities have come from sharing my work and ideas online. At the end of each project I have

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation Doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 15: Butterflies

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation Doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 15: Butterflies

This was one of the first “doodles” I drew in my recent return to drawing, sketched out and filled in on a Pendolino train to Glasgow for a conference as a way of drawing my focus away from the busyness all around me.

I was compelled to use highly contrasting colours for each of these butterflies – there was something therapeutic and meditative about taking almost a “colouring book” approach to their execution, at

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