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"My Autistic Wings :
A 'Spell-Book' For Mindful Thriving in Adulthood"
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'My Autistic Wings'
A new Autism Resource book, dedicated to empowering a healthy mindset, and helping teenagers to transition into adulthood.
'My Autistic Wings : A 'Spell-Book' For Adulthood' is a follow up from my first book 'AspergerWorld', aiming to be a grown up big sister,
to empower readers in the next stage of theirs, their loves ones,
students or clients lives...
"My Autistic Wings"
(My Autism hidden hardships, quirks
and invisible depths)
Delve into my journey to Autism Acceptance, detailing my favourite Autism traits, hidden depths, hardships and quirks and challenge misconceptions.
Giggle as you relate to the umbrella traits of my autism; with stories about executive dysfunction, pathological demand avoidance and Mind Wandering (Stim)ulations. Discover the reason why we don’t make connections as quickly and get overwhelmed processing information– ironically, because we may make *68% more connections than neurotypical people due to
Gandalf the Glutamate.
Be inspired by motivational mindsets, humour and a positive sense of self, in all the advice and guidance you read, that don’t shy away from the information that you need to know.
Gasp at the hidden reality of shutdowns, burnout, meltdowns, and sensory overwhelm, as you discover the hidden issues with chronic, uncommunicated pain, caused by adrenaline, justice seeking in an unjust, unaccepting world, overwhelm and the Vagus Nerve and interoceptive alexithymia.
Become hyper focused, as you learn about all the ‘Hypers/Hypos’ in my ADHD – and that hyper is not just in our behaviours, but our minds, too.
Cry and laugh out loud, at my relatable true stories in every trait, quirk or hardship, that bring the technical information to life.
Along these important insights, be refreshed by reams of advice, guidance and positivity which never shies from understanding the root of each of these hidden hardships. All articulately expressed to empower readers, in a writing style that has been highly reviewed to best enable understanding and hope. This chapter ultimately details why I believe Autism’s hidden gift, can be empowered by support, acceptance and understanding to show why, and how, even a disability can still be a gift – appealing to all sides of the autistic communities.
"Glass Jars of Mental Health"
Wade through the darkness of mental health issues, and realise, there may be a spark of hope on the other side, no matter how trapped you feel.
Among my relatable true stories, is my awarded insights into the technical, insightful information I share - that does not shame or invalidate - but peels away misconceptions of what it means to have mental health issues.
Everything from understanding PTSD, Adrenaline overwhelm, unintentional gaslighting, masking, camouflaging and imposter syndrome, to understanding our emotions as teachers, challenging our mindsets and perceptions of what it means to succeed, be independent and thrive and discovering the ‘crazy’ beauty within our diversity; maybe, there was never anything wrong with us after all, no matter what society labels or judges us?
Ultimately this chapter shows how we can find the fairy dust glue, to mend the broken shards of glass together, that has fallen from our Glass jar of mental health; because there is always hope, because we still have our humanity, no matter how bad we feel.
"Learning to Fly"
(Accessible realistic Mindfulness, Healthy Mindset and Autism Appreciation)
Find Fairy Dust by managing expectations of milestones, with my life lessons to autism acceptance; discover the power of ‘yet’, and the meaning of true inspiration, challenge what it means to have hope, while realising that you don’t have to succeed like people expect, to be worthy or even hopeful.
Understand what mindfulness truly means for autistic people and adapt to a growth mindset that works for you – away from the toxic expectations of society. Find the parts of our hidden hardships that can be switched to help us thrive and imagine how the story of your life can be written, by you, and not society. Along these magical life lessons, is a detailed insight filled with relatable stories and advice, ending with a reflective account of what healthy autism acceptance, appreciation and pride means to me as I give thanks and reflect on my journey to thriving, not in spite, of my autism disability gift.
Ultimately, why there is hope, even if it glitters, on the surface of pain or hardship. Inspired by this chapter - throughout all of ‘My Autistic Wings’ book, I have delighted in leaving sprinkles of magical mindfulness, by developing practical go-to guides to help readers ground themselves during stress and practise mindfulness, growth mindsets and stimming – backed up by the science of why mindfulness helps and the benefits of stimming by also increasing vagal tone – designed by my decades of experience in 121 phycology and mindful enablers for autistic people I have had
the pleasure to work with.
"My Fairy Jam Jar"
(Environmental, family and public perceptions, and the impacts on Autism disability)
Learn about how my Autism disability, is impacted by society’s and people’s toxic and ablist misconceptions of how to help; everything from infantilisation, rejection sensitivity dysphoria and perceived progress, to discovering the intentional harm done from mate crime, the power imbalance of bullying, and healthy relationships phycological insights, to ‘red flags’ in relationships that are specific to autism.
Learn about Autism diagnostic markers and case studies in consent and ultimately remember that - Autistic or not - there is nothing wrong with us.
This chapter raises awareness that much like a metaphorical fairy, I witness the world as if behind a glass jar, misunderstandings and misperceptions etched like riddles, into the glass prism of my home fairy jam jar.
for example, I am misunderstood and judged as naughty by many, and often humorously aware of my differences to the other fairies.
Readers will realise that no matter the societal roar for Autistic people to change themselves, I rather like my fairy jam jar because it makes me caring, loyal, justice seeking, honest, creative and passionate – and not only that, but my Autistic traits can empower me too.
This chapter details the beauty of humanity and its diversity, and the power of people to work together and learn, challenging societal stigma and activate social change.
This chapter ends on a hopeful high – that although we may feel that we are rising from a jagged pile of glass, this chapter helps to remind readers to never forget that it’s the cracks in life, that let the light shine through.
People and society make Autistic life difficult, but they also have the power to make incredible change within our lives too - and not all change is bad!
Finishing off with tales of hope and gratitude, to remind us all, that we should never give up on the power of people, to change lives – even if it is our own.
Feel reassured that we are all ‘winging it’ through adult hood, and challenge perceptions of what it means to succeed, be independent and thrive.
My awarded insights and 2 decades of professional expertise details this chapters guidance, experiences and advice. Never shying from the hardships, and realistically painting a poetic picture of what reasonable adjustments in educational settings, home environments and the workplace may enable us to thrive.
Detailing realistic life skill building, content adult life, and my thriving career, to mindful independence and what makes my autism a good component in my career and work; This chapter helps readers to witness my journey transitioning from a teen – to an adult, with reams of professional and personal advice and guidance.
Along these technical insights, personal stories of menstruation, higher education, independent living, career, my independence training, and transition enablers, showcase just how much my diversity, my environment, and acceptance empowered me to be the women I am today.
- You are a seed, there is still time for growth....
The end (or is it?)
What is the first word I think of, when I think of the word Autism?
Beautiful, is always my answer.
Autism is beautiful, and in this conclusion, I describe why I believe this so faithfully, whilst giving thanks to those who have supported me.
Concluding on the true meaning of autism acceptance and Autisms hidden beauty – that not only is Autism beautiful, not in spite of Autisms hidden hardships - but I also wouldn’t change my Autism.
Autism enabled me to spread My Autistic Wings, and learn to fly, after all
– and what’s more beautiful than that?
This 'Ending' chapter ends on a hopeful high – that although we may feel like our society is cracked and broken, this chapter helps to remind readers to never forget that it’s the cracks in life,that let
the light shine through.
If you want magic – this chapter reaffirms the belief that as a community of love, we are creating empires of it; there’s still magic seeping within our empire glass jar walls. This is because our cities are being built to sing: we challenge the wrongs. We advocate for good. We activate and evolve and fly - even without wings.
People have the power to make incredible change within our lives too - and not all change is bad!
Ending with a reflective account of what Autism means to me as I give thanks to those on my journey, that helped me realise, that even though I don't 'look' Autistic, my autism can still be both a disability and a
Why I wrote 'My Autistic Wings'
Tell me, have you ever wondered: ‘what does it mean, to have a gift?
To be disabled? To be autistic? To thrive?’.
I have; and that is because I challenge these thoughts within my passions of inter/national motivational speaking, and multi-national and world award winning autism training, advocacy, and my first highly reviewed book – ‘AspergerWorld’;
because the truth, may cause surprise.
I wrote this book, to lovingly share this truth - even a disability that impacts every second of my life, can be a gift. I wrote this book, sharing my truth because its the least our Autistic Community deserve, to finally realise that even with the raw hardships - of which there are many - they still have hope to a brighter future, because of our good intentions to try and be justified and honest people, and utilise our hardships, to learn to fly.
As cliché as it sounds, this truth can set us free, to be our best selves.
I have a gift, a disability called Autism; because, despite the endless misconceptions and stigma that rips apart the Autistic communities, a gift and a disability, can co-exist, without invalidating struggles or worth of either. This is because being disabled does not remove our humanity, good intentions, worth or quirks; it can build upon them.
A disability and hardships do not mean there is no hope for the future, it only means we need a little extra support than others, to reach that baseline, that everyone else already starts at. Once we reach that same baseline, we can thrive like anyone else can. So what reason, aside from ableism, paints disability as not being worthy of also being a gift?
Why shouldn't I be empowered to be my best self by also recognising my gifts, within my disability, too? Why shouldn't society see this truth, to best enable Autistic people to fly?
At the dawn of these questions, comes the simple answer of why I wrote this book
- why not share insights into how to gain support from within us, and society,
to make this hope and truth a reality? Why not try, to seek positive change?
I am a firm believer we all have something special within us, a magic, a kind of spark, that can help us, empower other people with our good intentions and kindness. The more we understand ourselves, the root of struggles, mental health issues, and how we fit into the world around us, the more we can help people become the future selves they want to be.
For Autistic people, this can look like wanting to become more independent or pursuing passion, but either way, the hope is there, not in-spite of our disabilities.
I wrote this book to try to help people, achieve this hope and inner truth, if they so wish
- supporting them to transition into adult life skills and living; whether from teen to adult, or an adult learning how to become more self accepting and transition into independence training and life skills to help with adult life.
I also wrote this book because growing up, I desperately needed a positive, in-depth, detailed account of autism acceptance and transitional training to help build my life skills. even now, there are few books from an awarded autistic women’s, and autistic professionals perspective that is so detailed, positive and inspiring, while also being totally raw, validating, accepting and educational too.
So I set out, to be the change, and I hope to inspire others, to safely share their stories too,
so that can we make change together, because together we are a TEAM,
and Together Everyone Achieves More.
What is 'My Autistic Wings' book about?
The book is partly autobiographical, non fiction, that explores the journey to Autism acceptance, pride and appreciation with detailed insights and expert accounts of the 'why' behind behaviours and communication styles, where the clinical information is brought to life with a humorous dialogue and insightful relatable stories.
First on the journey the book takes to Autism Pride and Appreciations, is detailing the quirks and gifts of my disability and why I would never change it, discovering - in depth - the hidden hardships and struggles, with guidance and shame free education to help us come to terms and accept these struggles as something that is part of our Autism, something that sometimes we can use, to become better versions of ourselves, and not something that is wrong with us.
Next, the book delves into the impact of society and other people - whether helpful, or harmful, to help teach us how to look out for healthy relationships and accept that other people don't have to be the author of our stories or our futures.
Next my book encourages Autism Acceptance by looking into Mental health, the causes and mindful ways cope while accepting the negative emotions and what they can teach us.
Also challenging our perceptions of what it means to 'try' our best, and what it mans to be a hero and what the term 'success' truly means, so we can realise, that we were hero's
- winners - all along.
Next my book discovers how we can utilise these life lessons learnt from the book,
and begin our adventure into who we want to be, with our journey into independence training and transitioning into adult skills; detailing my experiences and professional expertise on puberty, school, learning environment, college, work and career, life skills and self care.
Last is what healthy autism pride and acceptance truly means; that you are enough as you are, even if you have made mistakes, because we can believe in the life lessons to true autism acceptance - the power of yet, growth mindsets, the importance of not forcing yourself to meet milestones and not comparing yourself to others, all with a sprinkle of mindful magic.
I am Autistic, however I am also an autism professional who has a decade of experience working with disabled young people and adults, from my experience of volunteering with government and councils on transition teams helping young disabled people transition from school to higher education or work, working on green papers and nationwide accessibility plans, and award winning disability youth action charities and delivering workshops and training based on my books content nationwide.
Along side my volunteering, I am a professional child-carer in an award-winning setting with 20 years experience (what can I say? I started VERY young as it was my passion to help others, 'appropriately and reasonably working' every morning and evening after school as my mum is a OFSTED Outstanding childminder, and then all day, most days for several years after school). This childminding work often focusing as a 121 to autistic and disabled children, working on transitional teams with councils and helping them transition to schools and other services.
I write from these unique perceptions, with a humorous dialogue, positive mindset and ‘can do’ attitude, that doesn’t shy away from the information we need to know – our hardships are not burdens, and we are not failures, because society misunderstands and gaslights us. My book explores the full autism spectrum and its hidden depths for me - hardships and quirks -
in great detail, with relatable stories, positivity and reams of guidance.
Ultimately my book teaches, that you don’t have to ignore or invalidate struggles, to have hope, or see positively – you can use the disability and Autism, to help them heal.
There was never anything wrong, with them, or their struggles after all
– so why shouldn’t their disability be a gift?