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Autistic Lady

I am Rys and I am an autistic adult woman in my 30s with an autistic child who was diagnosed at 5. My daughter’s teachers didn’t really believe me that she was on the spectrum because she didn’t meet the full male “stereotypes” but I am very glad that I went full speed ahead with my gut and reaching out to the pediatric neurologist.

My main goal here is to help spread awareness and resources for other autistic women and girls out there. The world is lonely enough without feeling like a you’re entirely broken because no one believes that autistic ladies actually exist.

The Current State of the World

I’d be lying if I said that the current state of the world didn’t make me want to shut down a little bit. It’s been hard. I don’t want to get too political, that’s not what this space is for, but this entire situation has been strange and scary. The holidays were interesting at home, […]

Questions to ask in an Interview

The interview is wrapping up, you’ve (hopefully) dazzled them with your thorough knowledge of your subject matter. Maybe cracked an appropriate joke or two and built up a nice rapport with the interviewer, this has been going great, right? Now we’re in the last little bit and we’re down to the last leg. Here comes […]

Tantrum or Meltdown?

As a parent of a nearly 6 year old autistic girl, I can personally say from experience that one of the harder things for me, personally, is identifying the difference between a tantrum or a meltdown. Especially since these two behaviors need to be treated totally differently. A tantrum is happening as a result of […]

Alexithymia Club

There’d be a description, except it turns out that no one could figure out how to describe the club. Humor aside, alexithymia is a fun little condition wherein an individual has difficulty identifying their own emotional state. There’s no diagnostic criteria within the DSM V as there are honestly quite limited studies done on it. […]

Covid Life and Coping

Like pretty much everybody else in the current fun times that we are experiencing, the covid struggle has been both a blessing and a curse. I am grateful to work for a fantastic company and I have been working remotely since March. Also, I’m introverted, so that helps a ton with the whole trapped in […]

The Road to an Autism Diagnosis for my Daughter

My daughter received her autism diagnosis at five (and at the time of writing, is two months shy of six). It didn’t come particularly easily, per se, but I had braced myself for a much bigger challenge. I definitely cried and let the relief settle in after I had the piece of paper with the […]

Behavioral and Cultural Fit Interview Questions

Cultural fit questions are so much tougher for autistic individuals than the knowledge based questions, am I right? So much more anxiety-inducing and if you’re anything like me, you probably lose way more sleep over wondering if you messed these up than you ever did on your actual field-relevant questions. I definitely know that I […]

Handling Job Interviews

One of the most common questions I have seen come up with autistic folks is how to handle job interviews. It’s pretty obvious that it’s one that we’d struggle with, we know that first impressions aren’t always things that we excel at. And sometimes we aren’t the best at answering the questions that people are […]

What is a Special Interest, Anyway?

A special interest is sorta like breathing. Okay, well, not really. But you know, sorta. Honestly, I had a mom that pretty much let me roll with my crazy ability to focus on whatever I wanted because I never really stopped getting shit done (well… we’ll ignore the fact that my room was almost never […]

Should I Get Diagnosed?

This is a super personal question, there is honestly no right or wrong answer to it. If you’re here, then you probably have been through a lot of reading and basically come to the conclusion that you feel like Autism is probably the right answer for you. You’ve likely seen the statistics on how girls […]

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