Connective tissue disorders

View a transcript of this chat here. This #autchat is about connective tissue disorders (CTDs), such as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and others. Q1 Do you suspect, or know, you have a connective tissue disorder (CTD)? If diagnosed, what form have you been diagnosed with? #autchat Q2 What are the top 3 health issues you’ve […]

Representation of neurodivergent symptoms/traits/co-conditions in autistic communities

This #autchat is about neurodivergent symptoms, traits, and experiences you see discussed more vs less in autistic communities. View a transcript of a past chat on this topic here. Questions: Q1: What neurodivergent symptoms, traits, or experiences do you have that you see talked about a lot in autistic communities? #autchat Q2: What neurodivergent symptoms, […]

Dental and orthodontic care

View a transcript of this chat here. Q1 Have you had dental and orthodontic care? What kinds of care/procedures/etc? #autchat Q2 What difficulties have you run into with dental and orthodontic care (e.g., financial, sensory, interpersonal, other)? #autchat Q3 What strategies or coping skills have you used to help? #autchat Q4 Have you had providers […]

Writing autistic/similarly neurodivergent characters as an autistic/similarly neurodivergent writer

View past chats on this topic here: Sep 22, 2015 and Jul 16, 2017. Questions: Q1: What are the hard parts about writing an autistic or similarly neurodivergent character (for you)? The easy parts? #autchat Q2: When you write autistic or similarly neurodivergent characters, what do you worry about? #autchat Q3: What sort of feedback […]

Energy management

View a transcript of this chat here. This #autchat was on energy management. (Some people use the term “spoons” instead of energy: You might think of “energy management” as ensuring you have the physical/mental energy to do something when you need to do it. #autchat Many (but not all) autistic and similarly neurodivergent people […]

Augmentatative and alternative communication (AAC)

View transcript of past chats on this topic here: Mar 31, 2015 and Jul 2, 2017. Q1: Do you currently use augmentative or alternative communication? Full-time? Part-time? What type of system? #autchat Q2: What barriers do you face in using AAC? Ableism? Technical limitations? Cost? Anxiety about not passing? Something else? #autchat Q3: What do […]

Parenting as an autistic or similarly neurodivergent parent

View transcripts of previous chats on this topic here: Mar 15, 2016, Aug 2, 2016, and Jun 25, 2017. Questions: Q1: Did your diagnosis (self or professional) come before or after you became a parent? #autchat Q2: If you have sensory issues, how are they affected by being a parent? #autchat Q3: How do you […]

Service dogs and emotional support animals (Upcoming Sun Jun 18, 2017)

Date: Sun Jun 18, 2017 Time: 8pm UTC / 9pm BST / 4pm EDT Questions tweeted by: @autchatmod and @theoriesofminds View transcripts of previous chats on this topic here: Jul 21, 2015, Aug 16, 2015, and Jun 28, 2017. Q1: Have you ever had an animal (such as a past pet) improve your functioning due […]