Here at spectra.blog we're seeking a young autistic blogger (diagnosed or self-advocated) to join the team for 2018, aged 21 and under (by closing date, see below). The successful writer will blog for us weekly, and have their work internationally published in a...read more
It's very hard to generalise about what to expect during your adult autism assessment, as each country and health authority has different procedures; however, I can explain my procedure here in the UK when I was diagnosed in my 40s, following an increase in my own...read more
Autism Foundation Posts – Spectra.Blog’s FAQs and key posts and articles on autism spectrum disorders
Within the Spectra.Blog website, there are some key posts which we describe as our Foundation Posts on autism, covering the key areas of interest with autism spectrum disorders. They are as follows (and will be added to over time!) - WHAT IS AUTISM? SPECTRA.BLOG...read more
So, what is autism? I’ll tell you what it is NOT. Autism is NOT a mental condition; thanks Google, for that fairly bland description (see pic!) Autism is categorised clinically as a ‘pervasive developmental disorder’. The UK’s National Autistic Society states that...read more
My name is Kathy Carter, and I curate Spectra.Blog - an autism resource that is most definitely about empathetic awareness and acceptance. Many posts are written by myself, although some will be by other contributors, and they will be credited. The Spectra.Blog...read more
The NHS funds autism assessment in the UK, although many local authorities are facing budget cuts. If a child is deemed to require autism assessment, it is usually the parent, teacher, or the nursery or preschool placement provider who will first flag up any issues....read more
“Please understand me – my walls came falling down” – autistic shutdown – what does it mean for someone on the autism spectrum?
“Please understand me - my walls came falling down” So, a common question asked of someone who is autistic is: what is the difference between meltdown, shutdown and even burnout? This particular blog article will focus on autistic shutdown. Firstly, it's really...read more
"Clap along if you know what happiness is to you" I wanted to explore what happiness means for an autistic person. Many clinical psychologists ask that question - what makes you happy? - during their autism spectrum disorder (ASD) assessment. If you’re seeking some...read more
Female traits of Autism (ASD) / Asperger’s… Are you an eccentric anxiety-sufferer; a fabulously unique people-pleaser; or an intellectual inward-thinker?
Learning about Asperger's and Autism in females Certain traits - being known as a tad quirky or eccentric; suffering from anxiety; being a 'people-pleaser'; experiencing repetitive thought patterns that tend to be about oneself; can be linked to high functioning...read more
‘I’m a haemorrhoid warrior!’ Why Autism T-shirts and ‘Autism Warrior’ garments are insidiously wrong
Do you remember the joke about putting a sign on someone’s back that says ‘kick me’? The idea is that they don’t know it’s there, and someone else gets to humiliate them. Isn’t a ‘knowing’ t-shirt a similar concept? Would any child for example choose to wear a T-shirt...read more