Welcome to the ActuallyAutistic Wiki! This is a community-driven guide to all aspects of autism, allism, and helping build bridges between neurotypes. It emerged recently from the #ActuallyAutistic community on Twitter.
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- Kinetism (ADHD)
- NT (Neurotypical)
- RSD (Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria)
- Positive Behavior Support (PBS) (What's that?)
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
- Highly Sensitive Person
- Justice sensitivity
- Late diagnosis
- Rejection sensitive dysphoria
- Miscellaneous terms - for similar/confusing terms and definitions that probably better in one place rather than multiple short articles
While many autists have moved away from these terms, some continue to use them to describe their experience. Please remember that people may have complex reasons for the words they choose, and that differences in vocabulary are okay. In short, while it's important to understand how these outdated terms play to most autists, it's also not helpful to police other people's word choices.
List of Autistic traits (incomplete)
Not every autistic person necessarily has many of the traits listed below, but these traits do tend to show up more often in autistic people than in non-autistic people.
Core autistic traits
- Autistic empathy
- Hyper-senses & hypo-senses
- Preference for precision
- Routine / Ritual
- Special interests
Autistic nonverbal communication
Autistic verbal communication
- Accent mimicry
- Bluntness Direct
- Conditional Mutism circumstantial or situational mutism
- Difficulty lying
- Monotone voice
- Verbal footnoting
- Phone call avoidance
- Auditory processing difficulties
- Preference for infodumping
- Thinking in pictures and struggling to articulate said picture into words
- Autistic speech prosody
Gender and sexuality
- Autism and LGBTQ+
Imperatives and neurological
- Resistance to bias
- Irrational fears, neurological
- Divergent stress triggers
- Divergent touch needs
- Ethical fearlessness
- Experiential recreation
- Inability to intuit the "point of diminishing returns"
- Intense world theory
- Median (plurality)
- Nonlinear contradiction response
- Pattern recognition
- Preference for certainty
- Susceptibility to trauma
- Sympathetic animism
- name? Willful Sensorium Override
- Cat empathy
- Preference for animation
- Preference for autistically coded characters
- Gravitate towards other neurodivergents
- Hyper-phantasia empathising with inanimate objects.
Traumagenic Autistic traits
No, they are logical fears that are irrational out of context of ND.
- Social anxiety
- Pathological demand avoidance/pervasive drive for autonomy extreme demand avoidance the following description is purely hypothetical and not composed in consultation with the adult PDA community: the combination of Autism and ADHD driving a non-stop rollercoaster ride of fight or flight responses (the autism wanting routine and the adhd wanting spontaneity) feeding the need to claw back control, reducing the brains capacity to regulate and rationalise likely resulting in crashes and observable ‘extreme reactions’ to what may be perceived as minor events. (This is what I am currently working on as part of my MA in Autism).
Additional Autistic traits
Co-Existing Characteristics/Conditions (formerly titled ‘Comorbidities’)
- Allergies and Sensitivities (See also MCDs)
- Bipolar disorder
- Eating disorders / ARFID
- MCDs: Mast Cell Diseases / Disorders including forms of MCAS, HaTS and Mastocytosis
- PMDD Premenstrual Dysphoria Disorder
- PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Stress Incontinence
Information and sensory processing
Information processing differences
- Auditory processing disorder
Many autistics have differences in their senses, such as maybe hypersensitive to sound but hyposensitive to smell. These articles should try to document examples of both types as well as potential ways to compensate.
- Gastro-intestinal problems
- Sensory overload
- Sensory sensitivity
- Touch (texture, temperature)
- Vestibular perception
- Aural sensitivity to electronics
Autistic survival guide
Allistic sociology 101
- Group dynamics
- Peer group
- Phatic expression
- Saving face
- Small talk
- Social power
- Social contract
- Social status
- Defence mechanism
- Imposter syndrome
- Learned helplessness
- People pleasing
- Social anxiety
- Theory of mind
- Trauma bonding
- Trauma response
Communication and miscommunication
- Common sense
- The Double Empathy Problem
- Getting coffee
- Literal interpretation
- Multi-channel communication
- Responding to "How are you?"
- Social cues
Office and work dynamics
- Corporate buzzwords
- HR interviews
- Job interviews
- Team building / work socials
- Water cooler
Dating and relationships
Accommodations and support
- Autism passport
- Clear instructions
- Hidden disabilities sunflower
- Noise-cancelling headphones
- Support networks and organisations
Autism "research" and "therapy"
Mainstream research on autism is often problematic in various ways.
- Autism Speaks
- Autism stereotypes
- Deficit model
- Functioning labels
- Ethics of autism research
- History of autism
- Pathology paradigm
- Applied behavior analysis
- Violence against Autistic people
- Books by Autistic authors
- Podcasts and Websites by Autistic creators
- Autistic representation in fiction
- Symbols of Autism
Articles and threads
- "Am I Autistic?" Guide
- Autism without trauma
- Non-derogatory DSM-5 diagnosis criteria for Autism
- Signs you might be autistic
- Accidentally open secrets regarding Autism