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Hypersensitive, Hyperfocused and Ready for ‘Hijack’: An Autistic Experience of Sensory Anxiety

Written by Amy Adams Each of us experience the world, at least in part, through our senses. Sensory processing is […]

Menopausal and Melting Down: An Autistic Tale of Sensory Survival

Written by Karen Noble His attitude and body odour sent me over the edge, I opened the door wide to […]

Sensory Overload: Navigating Misophonia in Daily Life

Do you find yourself feeling incredibly irritated or even enraged at everyday sounds such as chewing, breathing, or tapping? If […]

The Autistic Doula: Navigating the Sensory Challenges of Motherhood

Written by Linda Hollenberg Before becoming a mother, I had no idea that I was Autistic. As I think is […]

How to Respond Empathetically to Sensory Sensitivities

Written by Emma Marsh CW: bullying, trauma, ABA We all have different sensory sensitivities and varying thresholds. Some people like […]

Autism and Emotions: How and Why Do Autistic People Process Emotions Differently?

Written by Loren Snow From being called “oversensitive” to “unempathic”, it’s not unusual for Autistic individuals to be told that, […]

Autistic Inertia: Stranded in the Moment

Written by Alex* “She laid alone during her best days as a work of art reading naked on the bed […]

Monotropism, Learning and Flow State

Autistic people are often ‘monotropic’. Monotropic minds tend to have their attention pulled more strongly towards a smaller number of […]

Somatisation: When Your Body Betrays You

Written by Emma Content note: health anxiety, medical trauma Many Autistic people experience betrayal – betrayal by family members who […]

How I Learned to Walk Again: A Non-Speaking Autistic Account of Toe Walking

  How I Learned to Walk Again – Patrick Saunders by Emma Marsh Spelled by Patrick Saunders Listen to an […]

Falling Into Shutdown: An Autistic Journey Beyond Overwhelm

Written by Chantell Marshall aka Shy Little Pixie “What a curious feeling!” said Alice. “I must be shutting up like […]

All About Autistic Shutdowns: A Guide for Allies

Autistic individuals frequently experience stress and overwhelm as part of their daily lives. Simply navigating a culture and environment that […]

All About Autistic Meltdowns: A Guide For Allies

An Autistic meltdown, also sometimes referred to as an autonomic storm, is a reaction to feelings of intense overwhelm, distress, […]

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and Autism: A Guide For Allies

Everyone experiences ‘demand avoidance’ from time to time – that is, resisting the idea of doing something that has been […]

Exploring the Intriguing Connection Between Synaesthesia and Autism

What colour is math? Have you ever tasted the number 8? Can you recall the smell of your favourite word? […]

Navigating the Holiday Season with Anthea Jane, Eliza Brearley, Fehraz Lateef, Liz Baird, and Kai Ash

The end of year holidays can be a both joyful and stressful time. The changes to routine and increased social […]

Don’t Confuse Self-Advocacy with Solo-Advocacy: Self-Advocacy Is a Team Sport

Written by Alex* This is the final blog in a trilogy challenging commonly held misconceptions regarding Independence, Resilience and Self-Advocacy. […]

The Link Between Hypermobility and Autism: Symptoms and Strategies for Pain Management

Hypermobility is a condition that affects many Autistic people. It is characterised by overly flexible joints and muscles that may […]

Understanding Aphantasia and Autism

Picture in your mind: an apple, sitting on a chair. What do you see? If you answered, “Nothing,” you may […]

The Development of “Resilience” Requires Attachment and Nurture, Not Desensitisation

Written by Alex* This is the second blog in a trilogy challenging commonly held misconceptions regarding Independence, Resilience and Self-Advocacy. […]

Why “Independence” Is a Loaded Concept – and the Critical Role Dependence Plays in Wellbeing

Written by Alex* This is the first blog in a trilogy challenging commonly held misconceptions regarding Independence, Resilience and Self-Advocacy. […]

Advocating for Autistic Needs in the Workplace Is Still Harder Than It Should Be: Challenging the Status Quo to Achieve a Neuroinclusive Workplace

Written by Justine Field Last year I wrote a blog post for Reframing Autism about advocating for my needs as […]

Teaching Autistic Students: An Educator’s Guide

If you’re an educator, you’ve likely already taught an Autistic person. And if not, then you’re likely to very soon! […]

Parenting an Autistic Child: A Practical Guide

It’s possible that you’re here, having only recently learned that your child is Autistic. Perhaps that news has come as […]

WA Education Inquiry Into Support for Autistic Children and Young People in Schools

As an organisation comprised of former Autistic students and parents of Autistic students, we are deeply passionate about advocating for […]

“Am I Autistic?” A Guide to Navigating Questioning Your Neurotype

If you’re reading this page, chances are that you’re wondering if you might be Autistic. Welcome! Perhaps you’ve always had […]

How to Navigate Being Newly Diagnosed as Autistic as an Adult

A new Autism diagnosis (or the epiphany that you are Autistic) can be very validating. Some Autists describe it as […]

Partnering with Schools for Inclusion (Part 3 of 3) with Dr Melanie Heyworth

Partnering with Schools for Inclusion. Part 3 of 3 In this final part of a 3-part series on partnering with […]

A Professional’s Guide to Supporting Autistic Clients and Patients

Are you a neurodiversity affirming professional, working with Autistic individuals? Regardless of your profession, if the individuals that you support […]

How to Be a Great Ally to the Autistic Community

If you’re here, chances are that you’re wondering how you can be a great ally to the Autistic community – […]

Words That Dance: Finding My True Self Through the Masks and the “Mania”

Written by Linda Tuxford-Adams I have always loved words – the way they dance in my mind and weave themselves […]

Webinar: Attachment-aware, Trauma-informed Schools with Sandhya Menon

Join Sandhya Menon, Educational and Developmental Psychologist, for a reflective webinar on trauma presentation and attachment needs in Autistic individuals […]

Reframing Autistic Family Life: Tips for Fostering Authentic Autistic Wellbeing at Home

Written by Emma Marsh based on insights from Autistic advocate Ashton Bartz and the Reframing Autism team With a myriad […]

(RE)FRAMED Podcast: S1:E14 – with Jasmine Deakin

Our podcast, (RE)FRAMED, has been created to center our stories, share our knowledge and contribute to conversations impacting Autistic people, […]

(RE)FRAMED Podcast: S1:E12 – with Guest Tara Pascoe

Our podcast, (RE)FRAMED, has been created to center our stories, share our knowledge and contribute to conversations impacting Autistic people, […]

(RE)FRAMED Podcast: S1:E3 – with Guest Kay Kerr

Our podcast, (RE)FRAMED, has been created to center our stories, share our knowledge and contribute to conversations impacting Autistic people, […]

(RE)FRAMED Podcast: S1:E2 – with Guest J. Rosenbaum

Our podcast, (RE)FRAMED, has been created to center our stories, share our knowledge and contribute to conversations impacting Autistic people, […]

Failed Dreams and Neurodivergence: A Better Reality

By Kerry Martin Millan People have always told me I speak well. “You’re so confident and funny – you should […]

The Sexual Health, Orientation and Activity of Autistic Adolescents and Adults – A Summary for Non-Academics

Written by Rachel Worsley The Sexual Health, Orientation and Activity of Autistic Adolescents and Adults – A Summary for Non-Academics […]

“A Group of Fellow Travellers Who Understand”: Interviews With Autistic People About Post-diagnostic Peer Support in Adulthood – A Summary for Non-Academics

Written by Rachel Worsley “A Group of Fellow Travellers Who Understand”: Interviews With Autistic People About Post-diagnostic Peer Support in […]

The Never-Ending Teacup Ride: An Autistic Experience of Pet Grief

Written by Suzanna Poredos Content note: Contains descriptions of pet death, depression and suicide support services. I never thought that […]

Fostering Autistic Wellbeing Through Self-Care and Self-Advocacy

Written by Sia Spark Autistic individuals deserve to exist in a world that values us and preserves our right to […]

Should I Disclose I Am Autistic? A Research Webinar on the Disclosure Experiences of Autistic Adults

To disclose or not to disclose – that is the question many of us face daily with friends, employers, educators, […]

Challenging Ableism in Education: Tips for Teachers on How to Be an Inclusive Educator

Written by Jodie Wilde Ableism is the belief that the ‘norm’ is for people to be able-bodied and able-minded. Therefore, […]

‘About Me’: a Downloadable Template for Your Child’s New Teacher

It is our greatest hope that all Autistic children feel safe, understood and supported at school, so we have created […]

Navigating Autistic Burnout: Self-care Strategies to Recover and Recalibrate

Written by Justine Field It’s a strange thing that we place an additional layer of demands on ourselves during what […]

Professional Development: Using Neurodiversity to Support Autistic Children and Their Families

  Are you an Allied Health, Psychology or Educational professional? Join Dr Melanie Heyworth in this online workshop, as we […]

Autistic Insights: Terra Vance on Relating Through Autistic Identity

In this webinar, presented by Terra Vance with support from Kate Jones of NeuroClastic, Terra explores the topic of relating […]

Living with Misophonia: “I Love You, but I Hate the Noises You Make”

Written by Suzanne Roman “Stop making that noise!” I would sternly order my poor grandmother as I covered my ears […]

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