SYA? at Kent Autistic Pride 2019

SYA? was invited to speak at the Kent Autistic Pride 2019. Chloe gave a short talk about how SYA? supports autistic students to foster a sense of pride, where pride means not hiding who you are in the safe space Chloe and Annette provide in their structured progamme.  Chloe was struggling with burnout from writing... Continue Reading →

UPDATE: Detailed what IS autism?

The following definitions and descriptions of autistic experience are from autistic researchers, vloggers/bloggers, self-advocates, and the autistic community. If you want the non-autistic definitions, the outsider-looking-in definitions, see the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (DSMV) and/or the International Classification of Diseases 11 (ICD11) or the National Autistic Society here - be warned that... Continue Reading →

SYA? Student Attendees Creative Work

The following slide show exhibits student appliques - positive words or phrases students came up with about them being autistic, sewn on to fabric. In one of our later sessions students are given the opportunity to come up with positive words or phrases they feel represent them and how they now feel about being autistic. These... Continue Reading →

Notes on Diagnosis & Assessment

Deciding whether to get a diagnosis of autism is a personal choice.  For some autistics it's important to have it on paper, to be "official" in some capacity. For others, it's enough to "self-diagnose". Chloe and Annette both have official diagnoses, but have come to consider themselves discovered autistics, not diagnosed, as the assessment and... Continue Reading →


[PICTURE CREDIT] Sometimes as autistics we're not sure how we feel/find it hard to articulate emotions, not because we don't feel them, but because they can be "too big". When people ask me how I (Chloe) feel I often answer "small" - which my partner always replies with "that's not a feeling". But to me... Continue Reading →

“Sorry” versus “thank you”…

[Picture credit] Many of us apologise for everything, almost saying "I'm sorry" for our very existences.  We need to be able to strike a balance between saying sorry for something because we truly should - "I stepped on your foot? I'm sorry" - and apologising for breathing.  For instance, why should you be sorry because... Continue Reading →

List of SYA? blog posts…

List of SYA? blog posts in reverse date order:  SYA? Student Attendees Creative Work - This slide show exhibits student appliques – positive words or phrases students came up with about them being autistic, sewn on to fabric. Where to go for all things Autistic – a brief starting guide  The importance of language –... Continue Reading →

Why seek a diagnosis? Pros and Cons…

Why seek a diagnosis? Pros and Cons The decision to seek a diagnosis is a personal choice. It may help you feel validated because “you definitely are autistic” if you have a diagnosis. However, bear in mind you may also find it difficult to get a referral, or if assessed get a diagnosis, if the people who refer... Continue Reading →

Strategies to stop masking…

NOTE: please click on the original post so they receive the credit Coping Strategies: What Can Help You Not To Mask?#TakeTheMaskOff POSTED ON AUGUST 27, 2018 BY INSIDE THE RAINBOW "This week – how to be mask-less (ish) and survive with marbles intacto. Firstly, no more f**ks shall be given. By ‘f**ks’ I mean Not giving... Continue Reading →

Autistic imposter “syndrome” and perfectionism…

[Picture credit: Gemma Correll] "Coined by psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes in 1978, impostor syndrome is defined as believing like one is unintelligent, incapable, or uncreative despite evidence of high achievement. This is accompanied by a constant fear of being exposed as a fraud despite high motivation to achieve. It’s basically having terrible sense... Continue Reading →

Why we’re not the stereotype…

Please go to the original post to read a well-written post: "Autism from the inside - how too many depictions of autistic people rely on tired clichés. The neurotypical world needs to take note of our own voices" - by Katherine May, a writer from Whitstable. In Katherine's blog post she explains why neuro-typcial people... Continue Reading →

Autistics cause vaccines…

[Featured picture credit:] You read the title correctly, the correlation (link, not causality) between autism/autistics and vaccines is that autistic people are over-represented in scientific fields (due to our awesomeness), so it may have been the case that an autistic person/group developed vaccinations (please note this is satire, and a commentary on the debunked vaccine-autism... Continue Reading →

Autistic postgraduates…

Many autisitic people may feel at home in academia, it is a place where ones autistic drive and view of the world is valued. The academic world, however, is not always the most suited to autistic need, but that doesn't mean it can't be. As with many contexts and situations, there is a lot of... Continue Reading →

The “negatives” of being autistic…

There are some key things to help you understand why, for instance, it's difficult to start things that need doing (why we procrastinate, as linked to autistic inertia), such as what UNDERSTANDING AUTISTICS calls "initiation error". UNDERSTANDING AUTISTICS also discusses the autistic need for sufficient information to make decisions: don't tell us you need us... Continue Reading →

Autistic inertia…

...or why when there's too many options you can't move! This is a good understanding of autistic inertia by autisticality: "Inertia doesn’t mean laziness, or not wanting to do things, or procrastinating – although it can look like all of those things. But sometimes it also looks like mania, obsessiveness, or even a burst of... Continue Reading →

Protective properties of meltdowns…

NOTE: this is from an original blog, and not written by SYA? Please click to the original post, even if you read it below, so as to provide the original poster with view statistics. "THINKING PERSON'S GUIDE TO AUTISM Sunday, July 29, 2018 The Protective Gift of Meltdowns Maxfield Sparrow Photo © 2017, Maxfield... Continue Reading →

Annette Foster

Realising autism  “I am a 46-year-old woman and I am Autistic. I was diagnosed at the age of 39, after years of feeling confused, frustrated and alienated, because I was aware of my difference but I didn’t know how I was different. After years of misdiagnosis and a life time struggle with mental health issues,... Continue Reading →

Chloe Farahar PhD

Realising autism "I was diagnosed at age 32 after a lifetime of being told I am "weird", "odd", "stand-offish", and "unapproachable". I struggled to make friends, and experienced bouts of depression and constant anxiety. It was only once I realised I was autistic that I found my "group of weird" - the autistic community, and... Continue Reading →

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