So, first of all, age regression is “littlespace”. Littlespace is a more common name for it, but it means the exact same thing as regression within our community.
Regression is not an on/off, 0 or 100 sort of thing. It fluctuates and varies. Sometimes it may be deeper or more intense than other times. Sometimes it may appear to be barely existent or even unnoticeable. Not everyone is heavily regressed at all times, and it can absolutely be tied to mood in terms of expression. There tends to be an on-going, low-level “regression” though because it is who the person is by personality. Think of that constant, low-level of regression as being 15 out of a 100 scale, but that 15 can bump up based on someone’s mood, stressors, or comfort level. 15 would be “base level”. It’s a very manageable “15” though and doesn’t get in the way of important tasks so regression itself doesn’t really hold a person back from anything.
Oh, and, no, nobody truly gets “stuck” in regression experiences, but many choose to use regression as an excuse to avoid “responsibility”. Nobody actually forgets they’re an adult, and nobody loses their skills of maturity capabilities. Those claims are pure fantasy.
Autism does not cause regression. It is not linked to regression as we reference. The regression we reference in our community is not a mental health illness, disorder, or concern
. It isn’t a disability, challenge, or impairment physically or psychologically. A person who is a little can absolutely fully function as an adult, but may need more support, may make achievements differently, and may express themselves in atypical or uncommon ways for their age-range.
An individual can certainly have autism and be a little/age regressor, but these two points are unrelated. Autism is a developmental disorder. Being a little is a type of personality. A person can be one, the other, both, or neither. Autism is not regression; autism is often understood as an underdevelopment of sorts on multiple levels.
Autism is linked to sensory behaviors, which often do include things like hand flapping, chewing, biting, and sucking on clothing, fingers, and/or objects. It may be something the person is unaware of doing or even dislikes but feels compelled to carry out. Being a little does not necessarily involve these things. More than any other reasoning, chewing and sucking on objects are more a form of personal preference to express their regression more genuinely.
Potty training is also something that can be a challenge for an individual who has autism. Again though, this is absolutely unrelated to age regression. Bladder and bowel control, recognition, and understanding is unrelated to Littles. The positive desire to wear, and potentially use, items such as diapers are personal preferences, not stemming from an impairment. It’s like any other sort of clothing preference. For example, a person who uses a wheelchair may also use incontinence items, but that doesn’t mean they experience any form of regression.
See, a lot of the reason Littles consciously choose
to use objects like diapers, as if they were not yet
potty trained, or chew on items, as if they were still
actively teething, is because these things appear within an age-range that feels most comfortable for the individual to self-express within. It’s comfortable because the person has advanced past that stage. They feel in control and capable. Using toys targeted to a 5 year old as if they were still 5 helps to display their emotions in a way that feels most comfortable and safe. For many, it is just going back to a time that feels safer or more understood because they’ve already experienced it, and have already achieved the highest of potential within that age bracket by maturing past it. They may simply know it, and the expectations of that life stage, so well that they feel they can make no mistakes, or they may feel so advanced that replicating that stage simply feels easy and un-stressful compared to other activities they must carry out aside from heavier regression. In short, the choice
is to express themselves using objects and typical actions within a previous age-range that feels less restricted for the individual.
Being a little is unrelated to the notion of never having worked a job or a lack of motivation. As a matter of fact, the structure and reward system a career path offers is extremely beneficial for age regressors and we encourage jobs to be sought and maintained
. It becomes enjoyable for Littles if they are regularly acknowledged and rewarded for their efforts. Careers where they create, make, contribute to, or develop something may be preferred since achievements and progress can be visual, immediately leading to the feelings of success.
Please feel free to read through our resources
. A lot of what you’ve referenced is discussed. A lot other questions you may have could also already be answered for you within those articles.
Best of luck in your journey!