Welcome to Kourtnie’s Autism Blog


So why create an autism awareness blog?

Because¬†Cleo said, “Make an autism mwareness blog,”¬†and I agreed that it sounded like a good idea at the time… (Or maybe, it’s more complicated than that, and I just like to tell stories about my cats talking.)

Thank you for your interest in my writing.

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Table of Contents

I am autistic. I prefer to be called an autistic person, not a person with autism, since autism colors every aspect of my life‚ÄĒI do not¬†have¬†autism; I¬†am¬†autistic.

Self-Stimulatory Behavior
Relationship Between Autism & Self-Regulation

  1. Introduction to Stimming
  2. Flapping | Hands | Skirts & Dresses | Towels & Laundry
  3. Rocking | Rock-N-Read | Tailbone Massage | Wobble Stool
  4. Sliding | Bath-Time | Moon Walking | Water Aerobics
  5. Spiraling | Rotating | Spinning | Swirling

Sensory Sensitivity
Relationship Between Autism & Perception

  1. Introduction to Sensitivity
  2. Sense of Sight | Cloud Watching | Facial Expressions | Light
  3. Sense of Smell | Kitty Litter | Soap | Tuna Sandwiches
  4. Sense of Sound | Clubs | Tone of Voice | Yelling
  5. Sensory Enhancement | Prisms | Spinners | Toys

Meltdowns & Shutdowns
Relationship Between Autism & Emotions

  1. Introduction to Melt/Shutdowns
  2. Anger | Alarm | Fight Response | Self-Defense
  3. Confusion | Isolation & Loneliness | Sarcasm | Wonder
  4. Fear | Flight Response | Freeze Loop (External Link) | Guilt
  5. Joy | Acceptance | Authenticity | Passion

Ableism
Relationship Between Autism & Culture

  1. Introduction to Ignorance
  2. Micro-Aggression |¬†Everyone’s Autistic | Workplace |¬†You’re Not Autistic
  3. Myths¬†| The “Epidemic” | Genetics | High-Function Autism
  4. Practice | Kindness | Tolerance | Understanding
  5. Sexism | 4x as Many Boys | BPD, OCD, or ASD? | Copycats

Co-Morbid Disorders
Relationship Between Autism & Health

  1. Introduction to Mental & Physical Health
  2. Anxiety | Math Phobia | Panic Attacks | Social Anxiety
  3. Depression | Awareness of Difference | Confidence | Passive Suicidal Thoughts
  4. Stomach Issues | Irritable Bowel | THC | Ulcers
  5. Thriving | Positive Thinking | Purpose | Routine

Social Life
Relationship Between Autism & Belonging

  1. Introduction to the Autistic Social Life
  2. Interpersonal Skills | Internet | Niche Friends | Social Creativity
  3. Gaming Together | Nintendo | MMOs | World of Warcraft
  4. Therapy Pets | Birds | Cats | Fish
  5. Romance | Dating | Marriage | Sexual Exploitation
  6. School Life | Academics | Bullying | Teams

Please note I’m an expert by experience (I’m autistic), not by profession (ex., doctor), and I use this blog not just to educate others, but explore within myself.

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My Brand of Autism

Every autistic person has their own brand of autism. That’s why we call it¬†autism spectrum;¬†we are not a defined way, but rather, a spectrum of different ways that share similar characteristics.

Rituals & Favorites
When Joy Emerges from Curiosity

  1. Introduction to Sameness
  2. Food & Drink | Cinnamon Tea | Spice | Texture
  3. Language | Numbers | English | Foreign Language Class
  4. Music | Flute | Game Music | Symphony of Science
  5. Nature | Fire | Flowers | Water

Special Interests
When Expertise Emerges from Curiosity

  1. Introduction to Special Interests
  2. 21st Century | AI | We Are Simulated | Virtual Worlds
  3. Consciousness | Collective Unconscious | Death | Spirituality
  4. Essential Oils | Anxiety | Depression | Creativity (External Link)
  5. Futurism | Technological Singularity | Roomba | Sci-fi Novel (External Link)
  6. Reading | Escapism | First Books | Research
  7. Writing | Communication | Exploration | Storytelling

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Events

The following posts were drafted as part of my participation with Autism Awareness Month and National Blog Posting Month.

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Further Reading

The following posts are to help guide your deepening research of autism. (I’ve just begun adding to this section… more to come in September and October.)

Women with Autism
Chameleons of the Spectrum

  1. Valuable Insides

Support Groups
Research Before Seeking Support

  1. Autism Speaks Hurts Autistic People
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