Autism and Sensory Overload – A guest Piece by Shadia @ TheDivergentCoach

Growing up Autistic and undiagnosed, I would always find myself feeling overwhelmed. What was that overwhelm made up of? I wouldn’t have been able to tell you. All I knew was that I was in a constant state of ‘overwhelm’. It wasn’t until I received my diagnosis that I truly began my journey in understanding the importance of acknowledging emotions, and ultimately, coping in a way that is best for me.

After lots of support and practise, I began recognising that my emotional connection to feeling overwhelmed was anxiety, fear, and a lot, I meana lot, of anger. But I still didn’t know why I would feel this way. The day would be seemingly ‘normal’ or ‘good’, yet there was something there that just didn’t sit right. It was almost an entirely physical feeling, right in my bones, that I wouldn’t be able to shake.

I’ve always liked…

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My name is Nathan Young. I'm the founder of the Autism Candles project. I am a self-advocate. The candle project exist to make a statement about inclusion and opportunity. My email is Feel free to contact me.


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