A set of infographics by Janae Elisabeth, informed by Dr. Stephen Porges, Deb Dana, Peter Levine, Bessel van der Kolk, Robert Naviaux, Veronique Mead, and disability theorists


An emotional response to Polyvagal Theory researchers

My autistic social engagement system is not dysfunctional.

My social engagement system hears every nuance in your voice, tracks your body language, and builds a complex editable picture of who you are as a person.

My social engagement system easily attunes to animals…


If you’ve been reading my writing for a little while, you might have caught on to the fact that I comprehend autism as something entirely different from the stereotype many people have in their minds when someone says “autism.” …


From the perspective of a trauma-informed positive autistic identity

Reader’s Note: Quotes from the DSM-5 appear in regular text. The neurodiversity paradigm perspective appears in italic text written by autistic trauma specialist Janae Elisabeth. The medical model of autism presented in the DSM may be particularly disturbing for autistics to…


What is vagal tone?

Vagal tone is the ability of the ventral vagus nerve to regulate the heart beat. It is referred to in medical literature as “cardiac vagal tone.”

Vagal tone is measured by tracking heart-rate and breathing rate at the same time. …


A set of graphics by Janae Elisabeth, informed by polyvagal theory


“Reality simply consists of different points of view.” -Margaret Atwood

We the neurodivergent are genetically different. We experience the world through a hypersensitive nervous system which informs every aspect of our thinking, our behavior, and our social values.

The dominant social group labels our way of being in the world…


A set of graphics by Janae Elisabeth, informed by Paul MacLean, Dr. Stephen Porges, Deb Dana, Peter Levine, Bessel van der Kolk, Pete Walker, and neurodiversity activists


A set of graphics by Janae Elisabeth, informed by Dr. Stephen Porges, Deb Dana, Peter Levine, Justin Sunseri, Stanley Rosenberg, Bessel van der Kolk, Pete Walker, Melody Beattie, D.W. Winnicott, Janet Lansbury, and neurodiversity activists.


A set of graphics by Janae Elisabeth, informed by Dr. Stephen Porges, Deb Dana, Peter Levine, Justin Sunseri, Stanley Rosenberg, Bessel van der Kolk, Pete Walker, D.W. Winnicott, Layla F. Saad, Sonya Renee Taylor, Adult Children of Alcoholics workbooks, and neurodiversity activists.

Trauma Geek

Janae Elisabeth is a researcher-storyteller and neurodiversity advocate from western North Carolina. #actuallyautistic #traumaismyspecialinterest

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