This necklace is used as a form of alternative communication and self-advocacy.
As someone on the autism spectrum, interacting with other people can be stressful and difficult. Sometimes I want to talk, other times I am overloaded and very much want to be left alone. A while back I started making and using "Status Necklaces" for myself - Little charms made from shrinky dinks and held together by jump rings so I could flip over which charm was showing on top to communicate various things about myself so I wouldn't have to worry about using speech to communicate those things. These necklaces have been enormously useful for me to communicate how I'm feeling and what my boundaries are at the moment, and other people - both autistic and non-autistic - have been finding them useful as well.
This necklace is based off the color-coded interaction badges used by autistic people at Autreat. I also sometimes use these symbols to show my general overload level.
Green smiley face: Talk to me! I am feeling talkative right now. I may have trouble initiating conversation, I'd really like people to come talk to me! (Or, I am feeling talkative and energetic and not overloaded at all.)
White smiley face: Neutral. No specific interaction rules apply, it's all good. (Or, I am feeling pretty good/normal and not too overloaded.)
Yellow neutral face: Handle with care. Only familiar friends who I've already told can talk to me when I'm using the yellow badge can talk to me right now, everyone else should please give me space. (Or, I am feeling a bit tired and overloaded and may be somewhat withdrawn and not communicating through speech so well.)
Red "No" symbol: Stay away. I do not want anyone to talk to me or interact with me at this moment, please leave me alone. (Or, I am very exhausted and overloaded right now and do not want to talk or interact with anyone.)
This necklace has those four charms, each a little under 1'' square, made from inkjet shrinky dink plastic, and hanging on a 24'' silver tone rolo chain. The backs of the charms are printed with a tiny grey star pattern.
The charms are sealed with acrylic and water-resistant but not waterproof, not recommended to wear this necklace in water.
Due to the handmade nature of these charms and how shrinky dinks work, there may be minor variations and irregularities in the size and shape of each charm, and some necklaces may be more rectangular than square. It makes each necklace unique. :)
**SPACEROBOT STUDIO DONATES 10% OF SALES TO ASAN (Autistic Self Advocacy Network)**
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If you see a pronoun that we are missing, please send us a message and we will try to add it! It may take time for us to get around to making the new charms, but we are always looking to add more pronouns options.
Unfortunately we don't have the time or spoons to make custom necklaces or charms right now. Please check out what we have available in the shop!
There is one exception - If you'd like a communication necklace with a combination of different charms that we already have in our shop, and those charms are of the same shape, send us a message! For example: A necklace with 3 of the battery charms, and 1 pronoun charm. We can do this! We can fit up to 4 charms per communication necklace.
Yes! We firmly believe that communication tools should be available to anyone who finds them useful, no matter their neurotype.
If a communication necklace would be useful or fun for you, and you want to get it, go ahead! It is not appropriation.