Here is a page that will educate on the different words we use in our autistic community.
When I first came to the autistic community there where so many terms that where new to me. I felt lost at first and I didn’t understand what people ment and what they where talking about. To make you feel less alone or “off” as I did, I have created this page.
A lot of us (not all) are not only autistic. We are awesome in so many ways. We are maybe bipolar or demisexual, maybe trans. I have therefore decided to include words that the autistic community use that are not specific just for autism.
In this space I try to include EVERYONE! If you feel left out please get in contact with me so that I can change the content on this page.
A loving tip: When your are out and about in the online roam do RESPECT everyone you get in contact with. You don’t have to agree, you don’t even have to accept, but you do have to RESPECT people.
Autism spectrum, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – is a range of mental disorders of the neurodevelopmental type. It includes autism and Asperger syndrome. Individuals on the autistic spectrum often experience difficulties with social communication and interaction and may exhibit restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities.
Dyslexia, reading disorder – is characterized by trouble with reading despite normal intelligence.
Ableism – is disability discrimination och social prejudice against people with disabilities or who are perceived to have disabilities. Ableism characterizes persons as defined by their disabilities and as inferior to the non-disabled.
Selective mutism (SM) – is an anxiety disorder in which a person normally capable of speech cannot speak in specific situations or to specific people. Selective mutism usually co-exists with social anxiety disorder. People with selective mutism stay silent even when the consequences of their silence include shame, social ostracism, or punishment.
Neurotypical, NT – is used in the autistic community as a label for people who are not on the autism spectrum. It refers to anyone who is not autistic.
Hyperacusis – is a highly debilitating rare hearing disorder characterized by an increased sensitivity to certain frequencies and volume ranges of sound (a collapsed tolerance to usual environmental sound). A person with severe hyperacusis has difficulty tolerating everyday sounds, which become painful or loud.
Neurogender – is an umbrella term to describe when someone’s gender is somehow linked to their neurotype , mental illness, or neurological conditions.
Stimming , Self-stimulatory behaviour, self-stimulation, is the repetition of physical movements, sounds, words, or moving objects. Stimming has been interpreted as a protective response to over-stimulation, in which people calm themselves by blocking less predictable environmental stimuli, to which they have a heightened sensitivity. A further explanation views stimming as a way to relieve anxiety and other negative or heightened emotions.
Gender Fluid – A gender that varies over time, it constantly changes.
Non-binary gender – describes any gender identity which does not fit the male and female binary spectrum.
Autism Moms – mothers who are neurotypical and have autistic kids.
Self diagnose – someone who diagnosed himself as being autistic. Not everyone can get a diagnosis from a specialist. The self diagnosis is valid until proven otherwise.