National Autism Awareness Week

Mascara Stains- a poem about anxiety.

  Mascara stained on her soaked cheeks smeared tears and snot carelessly layers her face as she sees nothing but a failure in the mirror. The thought of disappointing people worries her. The stress in her eyes, eats at her brain constantly. Anxiety never sleeps, in fact, it’s most awake before she sleeps. No distractions ... Read more

Digital Art by Bryony- 21 years old

Is there no end to Bryony’s artistic talent? Not only is she a fabulous artist, photographer and poet, she has a flare for digital art, too!

Steampunk by ‘T’- 15 years old

These steampunk influenced drawings by T, combine industrial era—machine parts like cogs and rivets, clockwork, and laboratory equipment—with futuristic concepts such as robotics.

Real life stories: how art helped Bryony to express herself

My name is Bryony and studying is my passion. I love learning, mainly about how the brain works. As well as studying for fun, I like to learn more about myself, so I do a lot of different courses related to healing and neurodiversity. The courses that have helped me understand myself and how to ... Read more
Woman walking down an empty road

Real-life stories: a journey to diagnosis (autism)

Here, Teresa shares the difficulties her daughter experienced from an early age and how a question from an assistant psychologist, changed everything! From an early age, T always had problems socially. When she started nursery at the age of 3 she would make herself physically sick so she wouldn’t have to go. Teachers always put ... Read more

A beginner’s guide to stimming

Many ASD children mask in order to fit in. However, it’s hard to fit in if your body has other ideas. Here we look at a common trait amongst children with ASD: stimming. What is stimming Stimming is the making of repetitive movements or noises which self-stimulate (or stim). These can make someone feel calmer. That’s ... Read more

Celebrating talents: a poem on masking by Sophie

Not everyone who masks has a diagnosis. Here, Sophie, aged 16, shares a beautiful, thought-provoking poem on how masking makes her feel.
An image of a dragon in colours related to autism

Real life stories: Brandon’s story of living with autism

Brandon is an American who I met online. He’d like to share his story with you. “Hello my name is Brandon Mclaughlin. I am a 22 year old man with autism. I like doing a lot of things such as working with all types of animals and playing video games. I may seem like a very normal ... Read more

Free info sheet on masking in school

Many parents are told that their children are ‘fine once they’re in school’, only to discover that the children are ‘masking’ in order to hide the fact that they feel different. What is masking? Masking involves mimicking neurotypical behaviours in order to fit in or reducing behaviours which may not be deemed to be ‘socially ... Read more

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