Autistic Empaths

Sensory Processing Sensitivity on the Spectrum and Beyond

Autistic Empaths is a project and book in the making about sensory processing sensitivity as a trait and how it manifests on the Autism Spectrum (ASD), in Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), ADD/ADHD, synesthesia, BPD, addiction, and other conditions. Sensory processing sensitivity is the official term for what has been called the trait of high sensitivity; people who self-identify with it call themselves Highly Sensitive People, or HSPs. The trait includes increased empathy, depth of processing, overstimulation, and sensitivity to subtleties.

 

Autistic Empaths writer...

Laura Z. Weldon is studying naturopathic medicine, integrative mental health, and bodywork at NUNM in Portland, OR. She graduated in 2010 with a degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in New York City. Laura works as a health coach and Pilates instructor for Weldon Wellness.

Laura grew up in Kentucky, where terms like "highly sensitive" are far from common conversation. Now that she has words for her experiences, she is a proud HSP who was (finally!) evaluated for sensory processing disorder in early 2016 and diagnosed as on the autism spectrum in 2017. This project is her attempt to share what she has learned on her neurodiverse journey with others.

 
 
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