Ashlyn Baker

I talk about neurodivergence, LGBTQ+ issues, grief, trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, and more.

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Sensory Processing and Autism

Autism is a neurodivergent condition that heightens a person’s sensitivity to the world around them. Each autistic individual has a distinct brain, and their sensory processing experiences vary. However, a shared characteristic among autistic people is their distinctive sensory processing. Let’s discuss how sensory processing aligns with autism across the five sensory systems. The five …

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LGBTQ+ and Autism: The Perfect Pairing

Research indicates that autistic people are more likely to identify as belonging to the LGBTQ+ community. This means that autistic people can experience a wider range of gender expression. Furthermore, autistic people are more likely to not be straight. Basically, it’s not uncommon to be gay and autistic. Obviously this doesn’t mean that being autistic …

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“It Causes More Harm Than Good” – The Dark Side of ABA Therapy

ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) is a type of psychological intervention that is based in an concept that’s explained in this distressing 1965 Life Magazine article: “forcing a child’s outward behavior” would, “effect an inward psychological change”. Basically, if I can get my autistic child to act like they’re not autistic, they’ll start behaving more neurotypically. …

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DBT Therapy

DBT therapy is a type of therapy that falls under the umbrella of a another methodology called CBT therapy. No group of people are better at giving common sense therapeutic approaches complicated names and acronyms than psychologists! Let’s break down what these types of mental health therapies are and how they work. They can sound overly …

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