This author has been thinking lately about how we learn (from a sensory perspective), and how autists' sensory challenges affect this. The primary or dominant learning styles of all individuals are said to use the three main sensory receivers: Visual, Auditory, and...read more
A mum we know whose child may be autistic was recently asked whether her parents, the child's grandparents, would understand an autism diagnosis. The mum wasn't sure, and her companion remarked that she doubted the grandparents would understand. The connotations were...read more
Anxiety and other similar problems are rife in the 21st-century, but for many people the issues are episodic or caused by an obvious external factor. (Anxiety UK reports that anxiety disorders are very common, with 1 in 6 adults regularly experiencing some form of...read more
Let's talk about quirks, in connection with autism spectrum conditions. A quirk is a little difference, or something unusual – the Cambridge English Dictionary describes it as: ‘An unusual habit or part of someone's personality, or something that is strange and...read more
A dual diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – what are the implications?
A dual diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), both neurodevelopmental differences, is becoming more prevalent now, due to clinicians' ability to diagnose both conditions under the latest diagnostic criteria....read more
Why are autists irritating to other individuals? Examining: confused first impressions; NTs’ reluctance to interact with ‘different’ people; as well as autists’ quirks & behaviours, and ‘failure to be neurotypical’
We wanted to write an article about not only interactions between autistic individuals and the people around them (of any neurology); but more importantly, how we as autistics deal with these interactions. Specifically, this article looks at some of the negative...read more
(Our opening picture shows Ethan Fineshriber, a leading American martial artist with a second-degree black belt, who fights in the Extreme Martial Arts black belt boys’ division of the American Taekwondo Association. Pic by the ATA.) One common trait among autists is...read more
“I promised I would change and I did” – did Professor Tony Attwood’s autism conference pacify the #actuallyautistic community?
‘Tony Attwood – What you need to know about Autism’, 15th May 2019. With the Association for Child And Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)’s logo looming large behind the stage in Sheffield, and serving as a reminder that today was about improving understanding of mental health issues, Professor Tony Atwood was faced with a challenge. Would Professor Attwood, a seasoned speaker, continue the rhetoric that has included the disparagement of autistic individuals, in order to get a laugh?read more
We have been asked a few times about 'stims', and while we have mentioned them within other articles (see directly below, in an article on autistic meltdown), we thought it would be useful to delve deeper in a single blog post....read more
We have read and referenced clinical psychologist Tony Attwood’s work here on Spectra.blog previously. He’s created useful videos on identifying autism spectrum disorders, and we wrote very enthusiastically about how he ‘frames Asperger’s and High Functioning Autism...read more