My Autistic Self

My blog about myself as an autist and my experiences with autism. Information and explanation for people without autism, a view of the world from someone with autism.

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  • Dealing with ableism (09 Jul 2020)
    Ableism is a daily thing. Both actively and passively, it contributes to many problems within society. We don't always think about it, but it is a reason to challenge it in yourself and in others. In this piece I discuss my view on this form of discrimination and stigma.
  • Webinar Vera Helleman - A review (22 Jun 2020)
    Last week I attended the webinar "The power of autism" by Vera Helleman. The webinar was broadcasted through her own website and was about what she called "The three pillars of autism". I'm going to take this lecture today.
  • Talk about autism (10 Jun 2020)
    About the importance of talking about autism. By talking about autism and explaining it from the point of view of an autistic person, I hope to normalize autism in society. The ultimate goal is that autism is just as accepted as some other "disorders".
  • The art of procrastination ... (03 Jun 2020)
    About postponing things I have to do. Or about appointments, paying for goods and so on. A darker side of my autism.
  • Beautiful sides of my autism (19 May 2020)
    I was asked what I like about my autism. I thought this was a very nice question and write a piece about it today. The beauties of my autism
  • Anxiety, stress, tension and autism (13 May 2020)
    I had an interview with Autism in Context about fear, stress, tension and autism. This interview was posted on their YouTube channel "Fear and Autism". On this channel you can find several interviews with autistic people who talk about their experiences with stress and tension.
  • Self diagnosis in the Netherlands (29 Apr 2020)
    Can you diagnose your own autism? Why would you want that? In this post, I'm trying to answer this as I see it.
  • Acceptance of Autism - The How and Why (21 Apr 2020)
    It's hard for some people to accept that they're autistic. In this post I want to discuss the ways in which I have accepted my autism as an integral part of myself and why that is so important to me.
  • How do you think positively? | Stay happy (15 Apr 2020)
    How do you keep thinking positive? What kind of tricks do I use to stay positive and what can you do if it all goes wrong? In this blog I try to answer these questions.
  • The power of positivity | Stay happy (08 Apr 2020)
    It is quite an art for most people to stay positive in times of crisis. Often, because they are already thinking negatively in basic thoughts. One way to do this is to adjust your thoughts and try to bend to positive thinking.
  • The AutCast podcast has started! (02 Apr 2020)
    My first episode of the AutCast is online! Exciting! I am very curious about the reactions.
  • Online week of #Gaut (31 Mar 2020)
    About the autism week that is now held online instead of through the country.
  • Lifeline (24 Mar 2020)
    Lifeline is a weird word. But a subject that distracts me from all the chaos in these times of crisis. How my head works sometimes, I discuss in this post.
  • The color of autism is gold (11 Mar 2020)
    As a counterpart to the blue there is gold. I'll deal with this in this post. Why is the color of autism gold? And how can we communicate that to the people around us.
  • The role of spokesperson (04 Mar 2020)
    It is important in the struggle for acceptance of autism that information is given about autism. I am already doing this by this blog and by talking to people about autism. I'll take that to the next level next Friday!
  • Time is a strange thing (25 Feb 2020)
    Time. A concept we don't dwell on. Once created and unstoppable ever since. But the experience of the passage of time is more personal than you might think.
  • The problem with #LightItUpBlue (21 Feb 2020)
    Adopting American habits also has the disadvantage that wrong habits are copied blindly. One of those wrong habits is the campaign #LightItUpBlue
  • Autism is a construction, not a disease New scientific research (11 Feb 2020)
    New "primer" has recently been released. A kind of "The State of The Nation" about the state of scientific research on autism. Dr. Ruby Sapphire summed up the main points of this research, in which some interesting points emerged. Including that autism is a construction and not a disease!
  • 17 ways to say “I love you” in neurodivergent (05 Feb 2020)
    Neurodiverse mensen zeggen op een andere manier "Ik hou van jou" dan neurotypische mensen. De verschillen zijn soms subtiel, maar het is belangrijk om ze te noemen.
  • How a traffic light and pans can help (04 Feb 2020)
    How can a traffic light help you with the interaction in your environment. A signalling plan in any form can help you with social interaction and explain behaviour to the people around you.
  • It all starts with understanding (29 Jan 2020)
    In order to understand each other, respect each other and live with each other, basic understanding is needed. Understanding for neurodiversity, understanding for yourself, understanding for someone else and understanding of reality. That this is lacking in some people and institutions, is a subject for today.
  • Meltdown - Old vs New behavior (22 Jan 2020)
    This post will deal with my meltdowns. How I used to deal with them and how I can better find my way in them now. Meltdowns are not only for children with autism, but also for adults.
  • 36 questions for me (15 Jan 2020)
    Something different. 36 different questions to me that I answer in this blog. Think of it as an opportunity to get to know me better.
  • Autism as a cloud (09 Jan 2020)
    Autism Spectrum Disorder is often described as a graph or as different "levels". Actually, it's more of a cloud in which people move than a collection of levels.
  • Thinking in terms of solutions, not problems (06 Jan 2020)
    It's become a way of life for me. Thinking in solutions and not in problems. Sometimes it's quite an art, but it makes me a lot calmer to think about things in my life.
  • End of the year (16 Dec 2019)
    A look back to 2019 and my plans for 2020. About the beginning of this blog, why I ever started and where I want to go in the future. Starting my own podcast about autism and giving lectures in the future.
  • Welcome to the team little guy (03 Dec 2019)
    My son was diagnosed with autism. I welcome him to the neurodiverse world
  • What is Neurodiversity? (28 Nov 2019)
    What is neurodiversity anyway? And why is it important? I try to answer that question. About acceptance of neurodiversity and the use against ableism.
  • Asperger is also just autism (25 Nov 2019)
    Over het feit dat sommige mensen Asperger niet hetzelfde vinden als autisme. Mijn kijk hierop is vrij simpel; het syndroom van Asperger is ook autisme. Dit ontkennen is schadelijk voor de autistische gemeenschap.
  • Autumn days, relaxation days (19 Nov 2019)
    It's autumn again. The days are shorter and the nights longer. Why do I like this time of year anyway?
  • Lack of structure (12 Nov 2019)
    About missing internal structure. Because of this lack, the need for external structure is much more present. External structure can also be created by people around me.
  • Breaks (05 Nov 2019)
    Over pauzes nemen op het werk of studie/school.
  • Hungry for information | Postcasts about Autism (30 Oct 2019)
    A post about being hungry for information. How I am always looking for information and how I podcasts herewith see already source of information. And the lack of Dutch podcasts
  • Cobwebs in my head (24 Oct 2019)
    About how my thoughts come about and how I make connections between different things. How it actually affects everything in my existence.
  • Storm | A poem (17 Oct 2019)
    A poem I wrote a few years ago about my feelings about climbing out of my depression.
  • My depression and my recovery (14 Oct 2019)
    About how I dealt with my depression as an autist. How I recovered and what it meant for me to be so deep.
  • Dungeons and Dragons | Fantasy free rein (10 Oct 2019)
    About what makes me enjoy playing Dungeons and Dragons. What makes it a fun game? And what do I encounter?
  • I am an autist vs I have autism (07 Oct 2019)
    The difference between "having" autism and "being a" autist.
  • Music vs. Silence (01 Oct 2019)
    About the influence that music has on my concentration
  • 10 money questions for ... (30 Sep 2019)
    Answering 10 questions about money
  • Theory of Mind - Thinking Differently (17 Sep 2019)
    About the Theory of Mind and thinking differently than neurotypic people. This is not a defect but can be a quality.
  • Being overstrung and hyposensitivity (11 Sep 2019)
    Hyposensitivity has concequences for the feelings off being overstrung and how those come about. Here I'm trying to describe my expierences with these things.
  • Stardate 73135.3 Social Anthropologist Log (02 Sep 2019)
    A paraody of a alien (me) visiting earth
  • Honesty and other misconceptions (27 Aug 2019)
    There are common misconceptions about autism. Here I detail a few of them and talk about them
  • The Complete Guide To Asperger's Syndrome - Review (20 Aug 2019)
    Review of The Complete Guide To Asperger's Syndrome by Tony Attwood. My judgements and comments.
  • Visual thinker (23 Jul 2019)
    Being a visual thinker is a common thing for autistics. How is it to think in such a way?
  • Disorder? Condition? Disease? (12 Jul 2019)
    Calling Autism a disease, a disorder or even a curse is a very bad thing! I discuss my view on having autism and why Iḿ happy with it.
  • Positive autism (08 Jul 2019)
    Let's take a look at the positive side of autism! The thing that are a blessing and don't make life difficult. Or how you can look at difficulties and make them your strengths
  • I am I, said the fool (03 Jul 2019)
    Growing up with autism without knowing it. How it was for me and my road to discovering my diagnosis
  • Sleepless nights (27 Jun 2019)
    Having sleepless nights and how I deal with those while having autism.
  • Social camouflage (25 Jun 2019)
    Social camouflage and autism. How I duck under the radar of many people and how it influences my life.
  • Do you state during your application that you have ASD? (22 Jun 2019)
    Applying for a job and ASD. Do you let the employer know as soon as possible, or wait a bit?
  • Still waters run deep (19 Jun 2019)
    Still waters. About having autism and reconizing feelings and emotions, a personal story
  • Undersensitivity and Autism (18 Jun 2019)
    About hyposensitivity and autism. A blog post about a side of autism that not people know about.