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 neurologies. 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 and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – what are the implications?
A dual diagnosis of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is becoming more prevalent now, due to clinicians' ability to diagnose both neurologies under the latest diagnostic criteria. (The older DSM-4 for example specified that an autism or 'ASD'...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
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
It is still surprising how often one sees the autism puzzle piece. It’s a contentious issue in the field of autism – the puzzle piece is used as a logo to promote autism products, charities, entities and awareness events. Conceived in 1963 by Gerald Gasson, a parent...read more
Climate activist Greta Thunberg: an inspiration to so many people, and a great ambassador for the #actuallyautistic community
One can't have failed to have noticed the awareness surrounding young climate activist Greta Thunberg, recently. The sixteen year old Swede and Nobel Peace Prize nominee has been thrust into the limelight over the last few months, since she initiated a weekly school...read more
Autistic meltdown, or neural high jacking – what is meltdown, how can outsiders deal with it empathetically, and how do autists manage their own meltdowns?
Meltdown describes the situation where the individual – autistic or otherwise, as it is not only a term used for neurodiversity – is no longer able to cope. Their skillsets aren’t sufficiently honed to deal with the situation at that time, and the individual let’s off steam one way or another, in order to recalibrate. (Skillsets may include social and language skills, as well as executive functioning skills, as examples).
Meltdowns differ from person to person, and some autistic individuals, especially adults, say that they rarely have meltdowns. (They will undoubtedly experience challenges and periods of ‘overwhelm’, but perhaps they head straight to shut down, or some kind of low mood, or withdrawal).read more