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Functioning burnout: can’t stop, won’t stop

By Katie Munday (they / them) So many of us Autistic folk struggle with burnout – the extreme fatigue which comes from sensorial, emotional and mental overwhelm. This can cause us to shutdown – some of us can be in bed for days or weeks on end, incapable of functioning at our usual level of … Continue reading Functioning burnout: can’t stop, won’t stop

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Autistic shields, Autistic communities

By Katie Munday (they / them) I have spent most of my life creating and maintaining a shield for myself (see Autistic realisation and shielding). It allows me to protect myself from toxic neurotypicality – the insistent need for society to make everyone comply to the ideals of the neuro-majority. The shields are protective, some … Continue reading Autistic shields, Autistic communities

Grace Liu – Approaching Autistic Adulthood: The Road Less Travelled.

Book review by Katie Munday (they / them) Approaching Autistic Adulthood: The Road Less Travelled is a personal development book written by Grace Liu. Grace writes about the musings, memories and mishaps of a bi-racial, Autistic, lesbian writer regularly on her blog Unwritten Grace. The book shares informal advice, observations and anecdotes on Autistic experience, … Continue reading Grace Liu – Approaching Autistic Adulthood: The Road Less Travelled.

Autistic theories of Autistic experience

Find here explainer videos about the two Autistic-derived theories of Autistic experience: Double empathy problem (Damian Milton), and Monotropism theory (Dinah Murray): Double-empathy explainer video by Kieran Rose (The Autistic Advocate): Monotropism explainer video by Kieran Rose (The Autistic Advocate): Reviewed by young people, double empathy explained: Aucademy discussion on the double empathy problem from … Continue reading Autistic theories of Autistic experience

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De-centering the ‘male’ Autistic experience

By Katie Munday (they / them) Historically, being Autistic was considered a male childhood experience, with boys more readily diagnosed than girls. This trend is still prevalent in many areas of autism research but thankfully the gap between male and female diagnosis and realisation is slowly closing. As is the access to diagnosis and realisation … Continue reading De-centering the ‘male’ Autistic experience

Autistic April: Aucademy downloadable educational posters to share this April (& all year!)

Can you help Aucademy and #Autistic people this Autistic April (and all year actually!)? Please print and/or share our education posters and ask your GP surgery; supermarkets; schools; universities; wellbeing centres; therapists; job centres; garden centres; councils; church; families; friends; daycare; nurseries; gyms – ANYONE AND ANYWHERE you can display them. BLUE A3 POSTER: https://aucademy.co.uk/…/BLUE-A3-Aucademy-flyer-2.pdf.pdfContinue reading Autistic April: Aucademy downloadable educational posters to share this April (& all year!)

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Book review by Katie Munday: Standing up for myself by Evaleen Whelton

Standing up for Myself is a book for Autistic young people about boundaries, personal space, consent and power play written by Evaleen Whelton, an Autistic teacher who educates on Autistic experience and culture through their companies AUsome Training and Konfident Kids. The book presents lots of information on Autistic differences inter-weaved with workbook style questions … Continue reading Book review by Katie Munday: Standing up for myself by Evaleen Whelton

Book review by Katie Munday: Just Right for you: A story about Autism by Melanie Heyworth and Celeste Josephine

[Image description: The front cover of Just Right for You. The title is in large purple and black lettering against a background of light purple and blue clouds. Underneath the title are five characters standing on blue-green grass. The first character has large curly ginger pigtails, they are wearing blue dungarees and are jumping in … Continue reading Book review by Katie Munday: Just Right for you: A story about Autism by Melanie Heyworth and Celeste Josephine

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Six common reactions during Autistic discovery – the journey – Dr Chloe Farahar

[Feel free to share this blog and “Six common reactions during Autistic discovery” by citing: Farahar, C. (2021). Six common reactions during Autistic discovery. https://aucademy.co.uk/2022/01/20/six-common-reactions-during-autistic-discovery/ ] I was asked in early 2021 to come up with a short lesson anyone – Autistic or their loved one – might need to know when they first look … Continue reading Six common reactions during Autistic discovery – the journey – Dr Chloe Farahar

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