Autistic Gifts

Autism and Expectations

Christmas, for me, is about showing the people I love how I feel about them. It’s a time when it’s okay to build routines, because we can call them traditions and that makes them indisputable.

One of the things I learnt when I found out I was autistic, is that when I get terribly run down, or migraines, or exhaustion, or pain, or all of the above, after too much social interaction, there is a reason for it.

I am overusing certain parts of my brain in order to communicate in non-autistic ways. I am watching my own performative-communication, whilst I watch yours, and I am analysing and responding as fast as my little brain can manage.

There’s a lot of social obligation that goes with the festive season, and this can mean burn out for autistic people. Alongside the social, there will be the sensory bombardment. I can find…

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