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I've seen a lot of autistics with a strong dislike of velvet so I want to know about you all. Reblog and put your opinions in the tags on: velvet, unglazed ceramic, and suede
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Source ~ Neurodivergent Insights
ADHD and Autistic Sleep
Part One: Sleep Struggles
Neurodivergent Sleep 101
Both ADHD and autism are associated with several sleep issues, including:
Insomnia
Sleep Walking
Sleep Terrors
Sleep apnea
Sleep paralysis
Narcolepsy
Flattened melatonin curve
Circadian rhythm sleep disorders (CRSD)
Restless leg syndrome
Sleep Stats: Autism
Nearly 80% of Autistic children age 2 to 5 have sleep problems (Reynolds et al., 2019).
Autistic people tend to get less REM sleep. On average, we spend about 15% of our sleep in REM sleep (Allistics, on average, spend 25% in REM sleep). This means we need MORE sleep to get the same amount of REM as the average person (Buckley et al., 2010; Neumeyer et al., 2019).
Autistic people are more likely to experience insomnia, which includes everything from difficulty falling asleep to night waking and early morning rising (Furfaro, 2020).
Autistic people are more likely to have gene mutations that impact melatonin regulation & circadian rhythms (Furfaro, 2020).
Sleep Stats: ADHD
As many as 83% of ADHDers experience sleep disturbances, including nonspecific sleep disruptions, parasomnias, hypersomnia, and limb movement disorders (Sobanski, 2008).
Approximately 25-50% of ADHDers struggle with:
• Insomnia
• Circadian rhythm sleep disorders
• Narcolepsy
• Restless leg syndrome
• Sleep-disordered breathing
Nightmares and insomnia are also common among ADHD children. Up to 70% of ADHD children have sleep difficulties (Sciberras, 2020).
Causes of Neurodivergent Sleep Struggles
Common co-occurring conditions such as anxiety, depression, and gastrointestinal disorders can interfere with sleep.
Sensory sensitivities can interfere with sleep
Sensory sensitivity to light can cause a person to avoid light during the day, further disrupting their circadian rhythm.
It is more common to have breathing-related sleep disorders, which can impact the quality of sleep.
ADHDers and Autists are more likely to have gene mutations that impact melatonin regulation and circadian rhythms. (Van der Heijden et al., 2007; Yan et al., 2020).
Health Consequences
On average Neurodivergent people experience less REM sleep. REM sleep is valuable for several reasons:
• We consolidate learning and memory during REM Sleep
• It is vital for physical and mental health
• REM sleep is critical for detoxing the brain • Less REM sleep affects serotonin and dopamine, influencing mood and mental health
• Disruptions to REM sleep impact neurotransmitters, which have implications for mood, sleep cycles, and more.
When we are sleep deprived, we are more likely to
• Be in car accidents
• Experience heightened pain and sensory difficulties,
• Have difficulty regulating emotions
• Have less resilience to stress
• Struggle with executive functioning
Sleep Supports
Throughout this sleep series I will be introducing the six "Buckets of Sleep Support" I draw from to support neurodivergent sleep struggles.
Sleep Hygiene
Sensory Supports
Relaxation Strategies
Sleep Stimulus
Sleep Routine
CBT-I
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why are autistics without intellectual disability so quick to distance themselves from those who do?
*unbolded version under the cut*
i see this most often in autistics who are (labeled) level 1/"high functioning"/"aspie" (yes i know the three don't always equal one another yes i know hans asperger nazi). this of course happens with all autistics without intellectual disability (ID) but see most with them.
this is largely rhetorical question.
see so many autistics without ID say things like "i'm autistic not STUPID" and get so offended when someone even imply or genuinely ask if they have ID.
"i'm autistic not [r word]," "i'm autistic but not like those kinds of autistic." all implying they're the "good" kind of autistic that deserve respect and rights and there is group of autistic who are "bad" (read: not palatable enough) who should be bullied and denied rights and locked away and mocked. often these are autistics with ID and autistics who are visibly stereotypically autistic who don't have ability to mask.
understand wanting to correct someone when they think wrong information of you, like you thought i have ID but i actually don't, just like you thought i have depression but i actually don't (just example not personal about me). but often when these autistics say "i'm autistic not STUPID" and variants, they often mean more than that. some autistic people without ID get so offended when people think they have ID. so offended at the idea of being associated with ID. like "how DARE you assume i have ID and are like those people."
so quick to separate self from people with ID. like they have the plague or something.
or. sometimes see autistics without ID talk about an autistic person with ID. talk about an "ugly" (unaccepted, not cute symptom) symptom and say "oh that's not the autism that's ID. autistics don't do that." and act as if there is a clear beginning and end to where the autism ends and where the ID begins. there is not.
or when autistic with ID gets mentioned. everyone focus on the autism and not the ID. or think they can speak about said autistic person with ID's experience just because they themselves are also autistic even though they don't have ID.
or "actually many autistic people have above average intelligence!" which is objectively true but 9/10 times this gets brought up to derail the conversation. yes many autistic people have high IQ (online autism space oversaturated with them), but what is left out is there is nothing wrong with having average IQ or low IQ/intellectual disability.
or. when bring up people w ID and/or autistics with ID, will say "IQ is a inaccurate/racist/colonial/ableist measure" and stuff like that. which is objectively also true! or "don't say you're stupid, you're actually very smart, there are many types of intelligence!" but the issue is when you are bringing these topics up. because yes IQ bad measure, intelligence subjective, BUT ALSO current society have specific types of intelligence they value (and this cannot be denied no matter how much you derail the conversation), AND there is nothing wrong with being "not smart" "stupid" "dumb" "unintelligent" etc. there is nothing wrong with having ID. admit that. why are you (general you) having such a hard time admitting that, to the point you will say everything else before admitting to that?
or say "[r word] is slur towards autistic people so i as an autistic person (without ID) are allowed to reclaim it." when no. r word is not slur towards autistic people. just because it has been used against you doesn't mean it means you. r word is an outdated medical term for intellectual disability, aka mental [r word]. not yours.
many many microaggressions (and macro aggressions tbh too)
autistics with ID are one of the more marginalized more vulnerable autistic population, more likely to be in bad conservatorship, more vulnerable to all kinds of abuse, less autonomy, no privacy, seen as completely incompetent, etc. particularly many have carers and are expected to fully trust and be completely vulnerable to other people and have no personal time no privacy.
autistics with intellectual disability are still autistic. they're not going anywhere.
i say this is rhetorical question because largely know why autistics without ID do this. especially level 1/"high functioning"/"aspie." because think are closest population to nondisabled neurotypical society, on the edge of nondisabled neurotypical society, expected to function well but do not. just "normal-looking" enough to be let in but not normal enough to be truly included, to thrive. many trouble. many trauma. and intelligence is one of the few things many feel proud to have feel positive to have. even feel superior to have. so have internalized ableism towards self but also internalized ableism towards intelligence.
BUT. your trauma or autism still don't justify your ableism. you are still responsible of educating self about ID and unpack ableism about intelligence and ID.
your trauma or autism doesn't justify your ableism you're just ableist
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unbolded:
i see this most often in autistics who are (labeled) level 1/"high functioning"/"aspie" (yes i know the three don't always equal one another yes i know hans asperger nazi). this of course happens with all autistics without intellectual disability (ID) but see most with them.
this is largely rhetorical question.
see so many autistics without ID say things like "i'm autistic not STUPID" and get so offended when someone even imply or genuinely ask if they have ID.
"i'm autistic not [r word]," "i'm autistic but not like those kinds of autistic." all implying they're the "good" kind of autistic that deserve respect and rights and there is group of autistic who are "bad" (read: not palatable enough) who should be bullied and denied rights and locked away and mocked. often these are autistics with ID and autistics who are visibly stereotypically autistic who don't have ability to mask.
understand wanting to correct someone when they think wrong information of you, like you thought i have ID but i actually don't, just like you thought i have depression but i actually don't. but often when these autistics say "i'm autistic not STUPID" and variants, they often mean more than that. some autistic people without ID get so offended when people think they have ID. so offended at the idea of being associated with ID. like "how DARE you assume i have ID and are like those people."
so quick to separate self from people with ID. like they have the plague or something.
or. sometimes see autistics without ID talk about an autistic person with ID. talk about an "ugly" (unaccepted, not cute symptom) symptom and say "oh that's not the autism that's ID. autistics don't do that." and act as if there is a clear beginning and end to where the autism ends and where the ID begins. there is not.
or when autistic with ID gets mentioned. everyone focus on the autism and not the ID. or think they can speak about said autistic person with ID's experience just because they themselves are also autistic even though they don't have ID.
or "actually many autistic people have above average intelligence!" which is objectively true but 9/10 times this gets brought up to derail the conversation. yes many autistic people have high IQ (online autism space oversaturated with them), but what is left out is there is nothing wrong with having average IQ or low IQ/intellectual disability.
or. when bring up people w ID and/or autistics with ID, will say "IQ is a inaccurate/racist/colonial/ableist measure" and stuff like that. which is objectively also true! or "don't say you're stupid, you're actually very smart, there are many types of intelligence!" but the issue is when you are bringing these topics up. because yes IQ bad measure, intelligence subjective, BUT ALSO current society have specific types of intelligence they value (and this cannot be denied no matter how much you derail the conversation), AND there is nothing wrong with being "not smart" "stupid" "dumb" "unintelligent" etc. there is nothing wrong with having ID. admit that. why are you (general you) having such a hard time admitting that, to the point you will say everything else before admitting to that?
or say "[r word] is slur towards autistic people so i as an autistic person (without ID) are allowed to reclaim it." when no. r word is not slur towards autistic people. just because it has been used against you doesn't mean it means you. r word is an outdated medical term for intellectual disability, aka mental [r word]. not yours.
many many microaggressions (and macro aggressions tbh too)
autistics with ID are one of the more marginalized more vulnerable autistic population, more likely to be in conservatorship, more vulnerable to all kinds of abuse, less autonomy, no privacy, seen as completely incompetent, etc. particularly many have carers and are expected to fully trust and be completely vulnerable to other people and have no personal time no privacy.
autistics with intellectual disability are still autistic. they're not going anywhere.
i say this is rhetorical question because largely know why autistics without ID do this. especially level 1/"high functioning"/"aspie." because think are closest population to nondisabled neurotypical society, on the edge of nondisabled neurotypical society, expected to function well but do not. just "normal-looking" enough to be let in but not normal enough to be truly included, to thrive. many trouble. many trauma. and intelligence is one of the few things many feel proud to have feel positive to have. even feel superior to have. so have internalized ableism towards self but also internalized ableism towards intelligence.
BUT. your trauma or autism still don't justify your ableism. you are still responsible of educating self about ID and unpack ableism about intelligence and ID.
your trauma or autism doesn't justify your ableism you're just ableist
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notalwayscommonsense · 2 days ago
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Making Showering Easier w/ Executive Dysfunction
On this account we cover how to do things that are "common sense" or generally untaught for the people who dont know. Shame-free. Today, we'll be covering tips to help shower when you struggle with executive dysfunction, a depressive episode or something similar. Executive dysfunction can cause tasks that seem easy and simple for most look insurmountable to people who suffer with it. Sadly, there's no quick fix, but below will be tips on making bathing easier.
Tip 1: Taking away the pressure - A big reason bathing can feel like such a daunting task is because you're looking at the big picture. A list of things you need or feel like you have to do; washing your body, your hair, shaving, going about your regular routine. Simply put, simplify your shower. Gauge what you can manage and cut out the rest. If you can only wash your hair or only wash your body its far better than nothing at all. If you cant do either, just letting the water run over you is enough.
There isnt any hard and fast rules you must follow while showering. You dont have the energy to stand? Then sit. You can invest in a shower stool or just sit right on the floor. "I cant shower, its 3am!" Says who? When motivation strikes, its best to ride that wave no matter what time of day it is. Is the process of getting ready after you shower the daunting part? Pick out comfortable clothes, air dry your hair or even plan to reward yourself afterwards with something you've been wanting to do. Thinking of being able to curl up on the couch comfortable, clean and cozy may strike some motivation.
Tip 2: Make it fun - This tip definitely isnt for everyone, but it may be helpful for some. Try to indulge in some things to make your showers more fun and increase the motivation to do it. Some quick, free things you can do are playing music or even setting your phone or tablet a safe distance away to have your favorite show or movie on in the background. You can even bring a refreshing drink or snack (fruit will never get soggy and you dont need to worry about getting sticky from popsicles!). If you're open to spending some money, there's countless other ways you could increase the motivation to shower. Fancy soaps, body scrubs, fluffy new loofahs, bath bombs or shower steamers can all leave you feeling eager to try them out. Check out the kids section, seriously. Bath tints, bathtub crayons, markers and paint can all be fun for people with a creative side. Tip 3: Dont - If none of these options sound appealing to you, then simply dont shower. There are other ways to freshen up without having to go through all the motions. Using dry shampoo can leave your hair unwashed for longer. Dampen a wash cloth with warm water and wipe down your armpits. Keeping a pack of baby wipes by your bed can help when you feel a spark of motivation. Below will be linked a few more resources and products that could help when you're having trouble. Remember, no matter how hard it may feel right now, things will get easier. Products: Bathtub Markers & Crayons Affordable Shower Speaker B&BW Bath & Shower Products 15 Pack of Shower Steamers Resources: 15 Hygiene Hacks SAMHSA’s National Helpline
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awetistic-things · a day ago
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fastcandyz · a day ago
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ok. we're all autistic here right. so rb this and put in the tags what your favourite type of stim is [ auditory , texture , etc ] mine is anything that makes a nice clicky sound
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bretthandsmalewife · 2 days ago
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maybe Im just projecting but the photographer getting mad at red guy because he was  moving   around too much and “too happy” to take the photo was the most autistic coded moment ever
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pride-potato · 2 days ago
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check out this autism bingo i made :)
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stormy-mogai · a day ago
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"ew no REAL nd person would be that cringe"
Gee, it's almost like neurodivergent people are autonomous human beings who can make their own decisions, and not little robots that solely exist to perform their disability Well Enough for NTs! /s
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magnetothemagnificent · a day ago
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Autistic white people with low support needs will literally align themselves with eugenics and Nazi ideology before standing in solidarity with and admitting that they're no more superior than their autistic brethren with high support needs.
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caitas-cooing · 2 days ago
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I showed my mom the autism creature and she said she liked it but it would be better with cat ears and she prefers the ADHD creature
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lexthewanderlust-witch · 9 hours ago
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Reminder to self (and others as needed):
It's okay to make things easier for yourself. It's okay to increase the text size on your phone. It's okay to set alarms to remember to eat and drink. It's okay to need three different tactics to make sure you take your meds daily. It's okay to suck on a lollipop while you're in the shower. If it gets you to do the things you need to do, do whatever it takes to get you there.
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adhdxxsdiary · 2 days ago
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Honestly the answers I give to any personality/ADHD/Autism test I take online, really depend on my mood that day
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awetistic-things · a day ago
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i should get a penny every time i think “this is an autistic thing? i thought it was just a me thing”
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ifihadmypickofwishes · a day ago
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Very funny (derogatory) to me when people on here talk about autistic or autistic-esque characters "using autism as a disguise for their true nature" or whatever the hell. Because, having been autistic my whole life, people will absolutely think you're a serial killer at the slightest provocation. In no way does it deflect scrutiny.
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chronicallylav3nd3r · 2 days ago
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crazycatsiren · 2 days ago
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Why do neurotypicals find it necessary to talk all the time? More so, why do neurotypicals find it necessary to repeat 1 thing more than 5 times?
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