Tag: stimming

For the Love of Lists

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about my interest in autistic writers—and that isn’t the first time I’ve tooted the “I’m a writer” horn, either—yet I haven’t shared my writing process on this blog. So this week, I thought it might be fun to write about how I write. Then you can see if this…

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“You need to calm down.”

For November 2018, I’m exploring different things people have said to me, then the internal thoughts those remarks stirred. Today I had surgery. Today I might write a wee loud. I told every medical professional I met, from doctor to blood draw, that I’m on the autism spectrum, and I’m also sensory sensitive; so let’s…

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Candles, Fire, and Aromatherapy

I both love and fear fire. You could say fire is my favorite example of the complications of our emotional brains; fire embodies our potential for creation and destruction. Fire is the rebirth of the phoenix, the stove in the kitchen, and the glory hole in my graduate glassblowing class. I’ll be exploring more about…

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10 Sensory Play Gifts for Autism

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The Reason I Spin

Omnisciently speaking, omnipotently speaking, as I exit from this omnibus, I gotta tell you—everything feels like a spiral—like a connection from this, then to that, thus to this again, echoing all the way back to the Big Bang. Like I’m spiraling from my anxiety into a knotted ball, or else like I’m knotting with so many…

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Originally titled, “Self-Soothing Poetry” I wrote poems for my mom. April 4th is her birthday. I wanted to illustrate some of the more endearing self-soothing behaviors we share in my family, stimming (self-stimulatory behavior) that I have in common with other people in my family who I love. Let’s Learn About Autism What is Stimming?…

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