• Full meta: a story about writing a story

    Full meta: a story about writing a story

    In this relatable blog, a member of the Reframing Autism team shares how the convergence of her demand avoidance, extreme performance anxiety, perfectionism, ADHD and insecurity almost froze her into complete inertia. She describes how she was able to silence her inner critic with self-compassion: “My inner critic was still there, as she will always be. But the more I began to peel back the layers and understand myself more fundamentally, I noticed another figure in the front row … she is still an indistinct, elusive construct, often overshadowed by the domineering and ruthless voice of the critic.  She watches me too but it is with unconditional love.”

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  • Does Learning You Are Autistic at a Younger Age Lead to Better Adult Outcomes? A Summary for Non-Academics

    Does Learning You Are Autistic at a Younger Age Lead to Better Adult Outcomes? A Summary for Non-Academics

    Does learning you’re Autistic at a younger age lead to increased wellbeing and quality of life? That is the question researchers sought to answer when they embarked on this study. They asked 78 university students how they learned they were Autistic, how they felt about Autism when first learning they are Autistic and now, and when they would tell Autistic children about their Autism. Read this research summary here to find out the results.

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  • Guidelines for selecting a neurodiversity-affirming mental healthcare provider

    Guidelines for selecting a neurodiversity-affirming mental healthcare provider

    Today is R U OK? Day, a special day for checking in on the mental health of others. But it can be hard to ask this question and offer support if you, yourself are struggling. So for all of those who do want to show concern for others without taking on their mental health concerns, we created these downloadable guidelines for you to share on how to select a neuro-affirming healthcare provider. Because sometimes even asking R U OK? can be beyond our capacity, and that is OK too.

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  • Position Statement on Therapies and Interventions, Updated July 2022

    Position Statement on Therapies and Interventions, Updated July 2022

    We have recently updated our position statement on therapies and interventions given new evidence and research. You can read our updated statement here.

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  • Shy Little Pixie: Unlocking the enigma of Autistic social anxiety

    Shy Little Pixie: Unlocking the enigma of Autistic social anxiety

    “When I am able to mask, I may make it through an hour, but invariably, my mask soon slips, and like Cinderella at the ball, I am left escaping in tears for fear of the ‘real me’ being exposed.” Chantell is a late diagnosed Autistic writer and advocate with ADHD and severe social anxiety. She shares her lived experience online as Shy Little Pixie, so others do not feel so alone.

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  • From Chaos to Catharsis: How my creativity gave me an emotional outlet

    From Chaos to Catharsis: How my creativity gave me an emotional outlet

    From her traumatic childhood to life as a successful artist and children’s book illustrator, Celeste Josephine’s journey of self-discovery is a testament to the power of Autistic passions and the self-acceptance that can be found when you connect with your neurokin.

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  • Dr Kristie Patten, Flourishing in Therapy

    Dr Kristie Patten, Flourishing in Therapy

    First aired at Reframing Autism’s 2021 Symposium on Autistic Flourishing: Acceptance, Authenticity, Autonomy, Dr Kristie Patten’s presentation focuses on the idea of reframing therapy to embrace a strengths-based paradigm shift, in collaboration with stakeholder engagement and in partnership with Autistic individuals.

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  • Amplified, Episode 8: David Gray-Hammond

    Amplified, Episode 8: David Gray-Hammond

    In the eighth episode Ginny Grant interviews David Gray-Hammond, an Autistic and mental health advocate and activist. 

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  • Dr Melanie Heyworth, Triple A Rated Goals

    Dr Melanie Heyworth, Triple A Rated Goals

    In this video, originally released at Reframing Autism’s 2021 Symposium on Autistic Flourishing: Acceptance, Authenticity, Autonomy, Reframing Autism’s CEO and Autistic Autism researcher Melanie Heyworth reflects on the specific conditions that promote genuine, authentic, Autistic flourishing or happiness.

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