I work exclusively with autistic people, but not everyone I work with identifies (or is identified) as autistic. Many of us don’t even know that we are autistic, and some of us reject the label altogether because the ways that we are represented and defined by medical literature can render us unrecognizable to ourselves and each other.
This is especially the case for autistics who are Queer, trans or gender non-conforming, women; Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC); and learning disabled – whose lived experiences are absent from the autism criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Though the DSM is constantly being re-written and revised, the core criteria continue to be based on studies of white, cisgender, heterosexual autistic boys from affluent families, thereby only representing a small minority of autistic people.
If you belong to a historically marginalized group and haven’t given much consideration to whether you might be autistic, you are not alone. Whatever your relationship with identity and diagnoses is – whether you have been clinically diagnosed, are self-diagnosed, questioning, or reject diagnostic categories altogether – you are centred here.
I welcome clients with & without:
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