Complete list of articles

I decided to make this site more accessible, by building one single page that holds a link to each and every article. So, here it is: every article available on Autistic Not Weird.

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Information about autism / Asperger Syndrome

Asperger Syndrome: 50 important facts about having “mild” autism | Patreon supporters’ extension (points 51-75)

One of my very early articles, with 227,000 views at time of writing.

 

Autistic ‘obsessions’, and why we really, really need them

From dinosaurs to Sonic the Hedgehog, how my interests have helped me become who I am.

 

How to raise ACTUAL autism awareness

It’s more than just changing our profile pictures. (The article that preceded the set of talks I gave at the 2017 Autism Shows.)

 

“You have autism? Oh, I’m so sorry.” What to say (and NOT say) to autistic people

Ironically, this contains helpful tips for non-autistic people about how to socialise.

 

Why autistic people struggle with comfort zones, and what can be done about it

Painful to write, but important.

 

The balance between helping autistic people and doing it for them (and how to get it right)

In my opinion, one of the trickiest issues in the book.

 

Why do autistic people struggle with ‘inappropriate’?

Insight with a load of funny stories attached.

 

Taking things literally: when having autism’s actually pretty funny

Because most situations are made better through laughter.

 

Idioms and autism: how you NEVER “change your mind”

You’d be amazed at how many phrases we think are literal, but aren’t.

 

50 pretty big facts about autism

An article containing all fifty awareness images, made and shared to Facebook on World Autism Awareness Day 2017.

 

 

Advice for (or about) young people

Growing Up Autistic: 10 tips for teens with Asperger Syndrome or “mild” autism | Patreon supporters’ extension (tips 11-15)

Written specifically for young people, this is by far the most well-received article on this site. (I get email requests for printable versions of it almost every day.) 298,000 views at time of writing.

 

Five ways to damage autistic children without even knowing | Patreon supporters’ extension (points 6-10)

With 358,000 views to date, this is autisticnotweird.com’s most-read article.

 

When should I tell my child they’re autistic, and how do I tell them?

One of the autism community’s most frequently asked questions.

 

What to do when your family doesn’t accept autism

One of the autism community’s most common battles.

 

Asperger’s versus the bullies: 8 tips for coping with bullying

The majority of autistic children get bullied. Ugly fact, but it’s true. Here are my tips, alongside a tragic story of what can happen if bullying is not dealt with.

 

Anger and growing up: ten tips to beat itPatreon supporters’ extension (tips 11-15)

Originally written for someone I love, I’ve been given permission to share it with the internet.

 

How do I stop my child using autism as an excuse?

Autism is usually a perfectly valid reason for people’s struggles. But when people use it as a get-out clause, it needs dealing with.

 

Ten reasons your autistic child needs to learn chess right now

Despite the tongue-in-cheek title, I’m serious. Chess changes lives.

 

A survival guide for Year Sixes preparing for their SATs (from an autistic teacher)

British 11-year-olds, this one’s for you.

 

 

My own journey with Asperger’s

The “About Me” page

Not an article, but this is me now.

 

Conversations with my younger autistic selves

I uploaded this on my 30th birthday. A conversation between myself and my past selves: me at 10, 15, 20 and 25. It’s made people cry (in a good way, of course).

 

11 painful diary quotes from my worst years (and what I learned from each of them)

Self-harm, anxiety, therapy, drunken panic attacks… and how I recovered.

 

I’m ever so sorry. I really DON’T look autistic.

Sarcasm ahoy!

 

Story of an autistic teacher: encouraging Aspies beyond their “natural limits”

Just how did a guy with a social development disorder become a teacher anyway?

 

Working abroad with Asperger’s: 10 lessons I learned from Kindercamp

Every year I work with over fifty children on a German beach, despite multiple layers of social difficulty. This is what it’s taught me.

 

“So… what’s it like being autistic?”

How I felt about being autistic when I launched this site. A very early article from April 2015.

 

Captain Quirk, and his adventures on the wrong planet

The very first piece I wrote for this site. My whole world has changed since then.

 

200 things to love about life

A coping strategy during my teenage years, turned into this site’s happiest article.

 

 

Audience participation!

I ran an autism survey. The results? Quite revealing.

Hundreds of followers gave me some very interesting insights into the community.

 

If you could teach people one thing about autism, what would it be?

A collection of insightful answers.

 

We asked children across the autism spectrum “what do you love most about life?” Here are their answers.

The poll on Autistic Not Weird’s Facebook page which lay the foundations for a larger and much more beautiful published book.

 

(Information about the book can be found here – it may be the most positive autism-related book you’ll ever read, and the perfect gift for an autistic young person who feels lonely or isolated. 1,400 copies sold and counting!)

 

 

Miscellaneous

How I put anxiety in its place | Patreon supporters’ extension (tips 9-13)

Another important topic. It’s only this far down the list because it’s not specifically autism-related.

 

Asperger Syndrome and religion: reconciling logic with faith

How can I believe in the unseen at the same time as having a relentlessly logical mindset?

 

We need to stop saying “we’re all a little autistic”

If you don’t share someone’s life experience, don’t claim their identity.

 

30 translations for people who struggle with hints

This was a fun one to write.

 

The labelling issue, by a ‘mildly autistic’ ‘high-functioning’ ‘person with Asperger Syndrome’

Words matter. But in the autism community, they seem to really matter.

 

How hard can it be to fund a school for disabled children?

An extremely important issue, containing an interview with the headteacher of a beleaguered special school.

 

Dear Katie Hopkins, I’d rather have my brain than yours

Written back when Katie Hopkins’ deliberately hurtful remarks made national headlines.

 

A plea to the autism community, from one of your own

Arguing is rife in the autism community. This is me reaching out to all ‘sides’.

 

 

Happy reading!

 

Chris Bonnello is an autism speaker, available to lead talks and training sessions from the perspective of an autistic former teacher. For further information please click here (opens in new window).

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