Autism, from an Autistic perspective

Autism, from an Autistic perspective, by Chris Bonnello (of Autistic, Not Weird blog). I have posted a few of Chris Bonnello’s articles previously, and really enjoy reading/hearing his perspectives. This clip is just as good- the only problem with it is that it’s an excerpt of a longer presentation, called “An Autistic’s Top 20 tips for working with Autistic people”, and only shows the first four tips! I won’t include spoilers here, but he’s a very engaging and humorous presenter, and gives great examples to support his points.

Aspie life experiences

I’ve just discovered a new-to-me blog called Life on the Spectrum. Some great articles, including a few about adult female diagnosis and life experience.  It’s this latter topic that I’m linking to here:

Symptoms of Asperger Syndrome– a very honest list of everyday life experiences, eg

People call you “sad” for being interested in interesting stuff.
You don’t understand what’s so funny about teasing. You feel you’re being mocked.
You are exhausted by always pretending to be normal, but fearful the Real You will be rejected.
You laugh later, and more loudly, than everyone else.
You feel “different” from most people, and feel that you don’t “fit in”.

Assaulted by the detail– her description of “detail assault” is very thorough and understandable, especially with the specific example she provided.

We aspies can’t help consciously processing a huge amount of input at any given moment, whereas others can just subconsciously filter it out. It doesn’t have to be a sudden event either; a large amount of general input can render me completely dysfunctional given enough time. It’s all about the quantity.

Please, spare a thought for everything else that’s going on in an aspie’s head and, if you spot him going off on a mental tangent, realise his distraction might be conscious, but it’s not necessarily voluntary.

Creative accommodations

What’s Your Squawkers McCaw? Creative Workplace Accommodations – Bev Harp.  Bev has an animatronic parrot that she takes with her to work.  Early on, one of her co-workers asked her what the bird’s function was, and Bev described how it helped her with regulation, smalltalk etc.  She then described a few other autistic people, the accommodations they requested in the workplace, and how denying those accommodations negatively impacted both the autistic person and all the co-workers.

Autism Articles

Autism/SN articles I’ve enjoyed – they have made me laugh and/or think.

Autism – What you actually need to know – a very humorous look at Autism!

Autism in the media – News show snippets – anyone else get a little tired of hearing about the celebrity du jour who “got their child back” through ABA, then tipped a bucket of money into some venture that they’re using the media to promote?  Me too.

Six benefits to having an Autistic child – things you may not have thought about, that definitely are benefits!

The perks to having an Autistic teen – ditto above.

To the sibling of a child with special needs – a beautiful letter from a parent about how much they’re loved.

Aspie training 101 – this is a really clear explanation of the slower mental processing (executive functioning) that occurs with non-specific instructions.

Aspergers Superpowers – Rainman is Rainman.  Our kids have their own amazing narrow-interest specialisations.

Decoding the High Functioning label – very thoughtful article about why the high-functioning/low-functioning labels aren’t helpful.

The Great Disclosure Debate – some interesting points about whether to disclose your child’s diagnosis, and whom to.

How do I help my friend whose child has recently been diagnosed with ASD?

Mommy war zones – just the latest (Autism) variation of breast vs bottle wars.