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Finding Autistic friends online and off

  I’m feeling significantly better than last week. Partly because I did some of the ‘feel better’ strategies I listed in the previous post (seeing a friend, and going on a day out away from my usual environment was especially helpful), and partly just because the passage of time is a healing thing. Still, I unfortunately in no … Continue reading Finding Autistic friends online and off

I’ve stopped: On feeling bad (+ some tips for feeling better again)

This is basically a post about me complaining and feeling a bit sorry for myself. It isn’t a very hopeful or happy vibe (so perhaps I should include a TW for depression and general feeling bad). I do, however, try to identify the source of my problems and decided to list some strategies that might help towards … Continue reading I’ve stopped: On feeling bad (+ some tips for feeling better again)

Book review: “Autism: An Introduction to Psychological Theory and Current Debate”

Contents: What is this book? Why am I writing this review? Issues with language Other questionable things Good things / What is this book? This book was written by two academics in the field of psychology who specialise in researching autism. One of them – Francesca Happe – is one of the most prominent autism … Continue reading Book review: “Autism: An Introduction to Psychological Theory and Current Debate”

Book review: “Send In the Idiots: Stories from the Other Side of Autism” (ableism alert)

I've just finished reading “Send In The Idiots: Stories from the Other Side of Autism”, a book (published in 2006) by Kamran Nazeer, an autistic civil servant in the UK. Once I got into it, I found it quite compulsive reading, perhaps because – unlike a lot of the books I read – it had … Continue reading Book review: “Send In the Idiots: Stories from the Other Side of Autism” (ableism alert)

Actually, Autism DOES Define me.

“Autism doesn't define you” “Autism isn't you!” or “Autism isn't who you are!” “Autism isn't your personality” or “Autism isn't your whole personality” “Autism is only part of you” or “Autism is only one part of you” “Autism isn't a part of you” These are all statements I've heard/seen people say/write about autism in relation … Continue reading Actually, Autism DOES Define me.

30 Things to be Aware of this Autism Acceptance Month

... What is “autism awareness” all about? What are people trying to spread “awareness” of? Some forms of awareness that can be found in mainstream circles (i.e. being propagated by certain big autism “charities” or organisations and among certain groups of parents and professionals) include being aware that: Autism exists Autism is a disordered, tragic, … Continue reading 30 Things to be Aware of this Autism Acceptance Month

YouTube video on autism and language

"The language we use around autism matters" I've started making YouTube videos of myself talking about autism - eek! (also see this video on “why talking is hard” - forthcoming) The first video I've made is about autism and language. Here it is: It is not about the ways in which autistic people are (presumed … Continue reading YouTube video on autism and language

What the cutting-edge of social neuroscience has to say about autism

(Plus, how it is saying it.)   I've just finished reading a few pages on autism found within the book “Social” by Matthew Lieberman. The author is a leading researcher in the field of social neuroscience and the book is a sweeping overview of how our social brains work to make us the social creatures … Continue reading What the cutting-edge of social neuroscience has to say about autism

Everything wrong with “Extreme Love: Autism”

I usually appreciate Louis Theroux's documentaries, but this particular one - about autism - was rather painful to watch. It's sad and worrying to see how harmful attitudes and practices get propagated and normalised in mainstream media, including in shows that you usually respect and enjoy. After watching the documentary, I felt the need to list … Continue reading Everything wrong with “Extreme Love: Autism”

What I’ve learned about autism, autistics and the autism world

It's been a little over 19 months since my autism diagnosis. Since 19 is my lucky number, I thought I would write a brief update post. Initially I considered writing about the changes that have happened in my life now that it has been over a year and a half since receiving my diagnosis, but … Continue reading What I’ve learned about autism, autistics and the autism world

Processing emotions post diagnosis (part 2)

PROCESSING AN AUTISM DIAGNOSIS: A road map for overcoming negative thoughts/emotions and focusing on the positive / Negative thoughts & emotions / 1 - Stigma of autism in society 2 - The reality of many negatives associated with autism 3 - Worry about negative perceptions from others. Possible negative reactions to disclosure. 4 - Sadness at … Continue reading Processing emotions post diagnosis (part 2)

Processing emotions post diagnosis (part 1)

An autism diagnosis (as well as the often ongoing process of disclosing and witnessing other people’s reactions) can play on your mind and heart in innumerable ways, giving rise to a whole host of often mixed and confusing thoughts and emotions. One of the biggest things I struggled with post diagnosis was trying to make … Continue reading Processing emotions post diagnosis (part 1)

Seeking a professional autism diagnosis

There are many different paths to arriving at a professional autism diagnosis. Some people are already convinced of their autistic identity, and seeking a diagnosis is simply to validate and confirm what they pretty much already know about themselves. Others may go into the process much more uncertain, on the fence and perhaps confused by … Continue reading Seeking a professional autism diagnosis