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The MYTH of #HighFunctioningAutism

(sorry, long thread; also about #ABA, but PLEASE try to read it!)

For skeptics who believe an #Autistic with a job or a profession or a child or a relationship leads a life similar to a #Neurotypical (#Allistic), please read this./1
Also, to #AutismParents wanting an #Autistic child to grow up looking & acting “normal” & considering #ABA, please read on.

This is a 2-hour snapshot from my fairly functional day as an #ActuallyAutistic, outwardly very “successful” #Neurotypical-appearing health professional./2
The following represents a particularly SERENE 2-hour slice of my day, a lot less harrowing than the rest of it.

In other words, this is #AutisticMasking at its LEAST taxing./3
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A thread on #autism and being a parent.

I have a feeling that this will be a long thread! Please share widely to help raise awareness.

All based on my own experience, add your thoughts as you wish. /1 #AllAutistics #Neurodiversity
I recently made a point of saying that #autistic adults exist. Yes, they do. And as such it is very possible for these adults to meet someone and have children, or adopt, or become a parent by any other means. #autistic parents exist. /2
We know that the world doesn't seem quite ready to accept the existence of #autistic adults, and as such it is far from ready to understand #autistic parenthood. So it needs to be spoken about as much as possible. /3
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Full diagnosis journey of an autistic woman. A thread.

This thread explains signs of autism that I was either fully aware of or spoke to doctors about, since childhood, through my 20s and up to formal dx at 31. Sharing in case others find it useful. #AllAutistics #autism /1
I've tweeted before about how I felt different as a child. I missed social cues and context, had sensory/sleep issues. But I was mostly quiet and cooperative with no developmental delays. I even had friends. So no one suspected autism. /2
I got through school OK. At university, I hit a rough period in 2nd year. I don't know if it was burnout or overwhelm or what, but I skipped a whole lot of class and work, and barely passed the year. Around exam time, I experienced periods of acute anxiety for several weeks. /3
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#autistic people and exams - a thread. Just some thoughts about how various aspects of autistic experience can affect our ability to handle exams. Please share, especially with teachers. Thanks /1 #autism #AllAutistics
I'm a teacher by day, and part of my job is to prepare all kinds of students for formal, official exams - the big old stressful ones which in the UK take place at 16 and 18. Of course, many #autistic students will sit them too. /2
Exams are of huge importance of course, as far as academic achievement goes anyway, and yet not much thought seems to be given to how #autistic students can access the exams in school. /3
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Autism and indecision,


'Is the reason I can't choose a sandwich because I'm autistic?'

A thread. Please share widely if you can. #autism #AllAutistics /1
Remember executive function? This is the part of your psychological system that enables you to plan, judge risk, problem solve and make decisions. #autistic people can have some 'gaps' in theirs.../2
I'm not fond of the language of impairment a lot of the time when discussing #autism, but I have to concede that executive function problems are impairing. They cause difficulty in our complex, fast paced world. They are a significant factor making autism a disability. /3
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Autism and implication - a morning thread. Please have a read and a share. I warn you now, I'm likely to be developing my thoughts on this as I go, so it may meander a little... /1 #autism #AllAutistics #autistic #Neurodiversity #NeurodiverseSquad
It's one of the more commonly known traits of #autism - the missing of subtext, implication, hints. It's one reason why #autistic people can come across as strange and uncomfortable conversation partners. But what's happening here? /2
The idea is that an #autistic person may not pick up the subtext of a sentence. So on being asked to put the kettle on, thst is all they will do - boil the kettle. The expectation will have been to actually make a hot drink, but as that's not explicit, it doesn't occur. /3
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Being #Autistic is not perfect. It's not fun or quirky, it's a disability, it makes my life difficult, and makes life difficult for millions of people, including the people and children I've worked with in the past.
I've met those who have varying support needs, from those who require 24/7 care, can't speak verbally, or through any assistive communication, to those who on a good day you'd have no idea they're autistic.
At the same time, the above person could even be the same person, a childhood like that, where in adulthood, through support and what works for them, be able to communicate better, and be more independent.
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Thoughts on diagnosis - a thread in the early morning (there's a novelty). Please share widely. #autistic #AllAutistics #autism /1
One of the most frequently asked questions I see on here and elsewhere is whether a diagnosis of #autism is worth chasing, if you suspect you or someone else is #autistic. I think it is, for reasons I'll elucidate below. /2
Many, possibly even most diagnoses begin with a form of self-diagnosis (or dx for short). This is a necessary step with an invisible disability like #autism, as its extremely subtle in many cases and the struggle may not be outwardly apparent. /3
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Thread: Careering through life as an #UndercoverAutistic

I've had 30+ jobs in 40+ years but then I only discovered last year I'm #ActuallyAutistic

As a child my career aspirations were:
a) nun
b) lighthouse keeper
c) almoner*

*hospital social worker #AllAutistics 1/
In the sixth form my art teacher got me a Saturday job at a picture framer's. My main role was making excuses when customers phoned.

A trip to buy supplies with the owner turned dodgy but luckily I had the presence of mind to get away.

#ActuallyAutistic #AllAutistics 2/
In my university vacations I worked back to back shifts in a bakery and local cinema to save up money.

On my first shift in the cinema the senior usherette threw hot tea over me. I was promoted to cashier and removed to the box office, out of harm's way #ActuallyAutistic 3/
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Saying No While Autistic: a thread

When most people receive a verbal request or suggestion, they take a quick second to evaluate the request and choose a response.

But part of my masking is that I often skip evaluation & go straight to Yes #NeurodiverseSquad #AllAutistics /1
Because I need those extra split seconds to craft a socially appropriate response. The only time I actually evaluate is if there's an obvious logical flaw.

This makes me appear to be a great employee. You ask me for something, I provide it, all of it, no questions asked. /2
It's not until coworkers or friends get to know me that they start to ask, "Did you... just do all that (or say all that) without even thinking if you should?" and the answer is yes.

I often don't take time to reflect because I need all my response time for social processing./3
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We need to come together as an #autistic community, everyone who allies with the #Neurodiversity movement; we need to do better than we have been, because it's been the same arguments for 11 years now, with no change, and only more divisiveness.…
If Neurodiversity is truly a civil rights movement for all people who are autistic, that includes EVERYONE, no matter if you agree or disagree with their standpoints, their statements, their lives and choices.

I stand for #AllAutistics.
I stand for my younger brother, who wants a cure desperately.

I stand for my wife, who does not want a cure, and just wants to be accepted and loved by society for the wonderful and amazing woman she is.
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Thread: reflections on very late autism diagnosis #AllAutistics #ActuallyAutistic

In the 12 months since my autism diagnosis aged 58 I haven't written a blog or a best-selling book, gone on an adventure or found inner peace. But then I am still recovering from burn out. 1/
My deficit-focused autism diagnosis triggered an existential crisis even though it was done kindly. Being made aware of differences other people see as weaknesses compromised my self confidence. 2/
My mind is still replaying scenes from the past - looking at things through an autism lens - re-examining experiences and packing them away again. It's exhausting. 3/
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I am mad. I am mad at the so called “professionals” who are promoting ABA and continuing to use ABA as a means to keep the autistic person oppressed. #askingautistics #AllAutistics #ActuallyAutistic #NeuroLurker
It is YOUR FAULT so called “professionals” that the autism community and the autistic community are at odds. I am so mad and disgusted with you so called “professionals” and I am here to give you a piece of my mind.
You so called “professionals” are proliferating Conversion Therapy for Autistics. Convert the autistic person to so called “standards”, “normalcy”, “typical” is the main underlying theory of any form of ABA. Period. No arguments needed. That is fact.
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I've been very ill lately. Functionally bedridden and on death's doorstep. There were hours in the last two weeks that I thought might be my last. What I'm about to say might be a mistake, but I am going to say it anyway. Trigger warning for completed suicides and bullying.
When I first told my closest living friend about being autistic, it was the first person I'd told other than my husband. This was her response. A chat conversation where a woman tells the account holder that her autism is fucking bullshit and then says she is blocking her on social media.
Though she knew I was going to be tested, she'd continued to use the word Asperger's. I'd been helping her through the process of understanding her son and autism. I loved her deeply. I still do. But she blocked me on social media and told everyone before I was ready to come out.
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Autism in academia. A thread.

#Autistic people often have intense interests. These can quite quickly become areas of specialism & expertise.
Presumably, universities would have high numbers of autistic people, surely?
#ActuallyAutistic #AllAutistics #AutisticsinAcademia /1
It's hard to know.

I began my PhD 10 years ago. I've yet to meet a scholar or student who is openly autistic. I am literally the only one I know. I 'network' a lot, I've worked in 3 institutions.
Not one person.
On Twitter, there are a fair few of us. Many autistic scholars specialise in autism research. This is extremely important. #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs

Why is it so hard to find other autistic academics 'on the ground'?
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Let's imagine you hate a few things. Like really don't like them. Can't do them. Can't stand them at a fundamental level. Let's imagine, for sake of argument, you hate:
🔹Horror movies. /1

#autistic #AllAutistics
You've tried, good lord how you've tried. But you can't do these things. You'd rather not go near these things. And everyone, pretty much, is fine with this. They say "that's OK, no worries!" /2

#autistic #AllAutistics
Imagine now, please, that someone you trusted insisted you ate broccoli. Over and over. Despite your protestations. They forced you to eat it. If you spit it out you get punishment. /3 #autism #AllAutistics
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