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.

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It's shaking, not flapping: on rebellious research

As I start diving into the neuroscience research for this project, I find myself dismissing some research for untraditional reasons. Not only because the research methods were faulty, the design poor, or the outcomes forced, but because they asked the wrong question to begin with. So much of the research, especially around autism spectrum, is completely out of touch with the reality of the experience itself. Every time I read a description of stimming that describes this motion as "flapping" I respond as though I have read a typo; it is shaking, not flapping, like Qi Gong or other forms of shaking meditation. Birds flap. People shake. (Would love to know if other #actuallyautistic people resonate with this! Comment below.)

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