Autism Spectrum DSM 5 Diagnostic Criteria – A2. Deficits in nonverbal communicative behaviors used for social interaction

Coming soon… After being on the NHS waiting list for an autism assessment for over 18 months, I’m finally having one in two weeks. I can’t possibly communicate my symptoms verbally to two psychiatrists, i.e. strangers, in an unfamiliar building, after getting two buses to the autism assessment centre, and changing buses in one of […]

Sensory processing disorder – sound

This blog post is about how I get overwhelmed by sounds and noise because of sensory processing disorder. Do you cover your ears when the fire alarm goes off? Do you find the announcements on public transport unbearable? Does the fridge humming or clock ticking annoy you or distract you? You might have sensory processing […]

Sensory processing disorder – movement & balance

This blog post is about how I get overwhelmed by movement and balance because of sensory processing disorder. Do you get nauseous on car journeys? Do you feel unsteady on your feet on escalators? Are you scared of activities where your feet are off the ground such as riding a bike or climbing? You might […]

Free food in London – soup kitchens & soup runs

Why a post about where to get free meals in London on an autistic website, I hear you ask? Because so many homeless and ex-homeless people in London are autistic. And so many autistic people end up homeless, and remain homeless for years. Walk into any soup kitchen and you’ll see at least two thirds […]

Sensory processing disorder – smell

This blog post is about how I get overwhelmed by smells because of sensory processing disorder. Can you detect a new smell in your home instantly before anyone else? Do you find certain smells like perfume, hairspray or scented candles unbearable? Does someone smoking a long way away make you feel like you are suffocating? […]