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Autism researchers (who are frequently not in the slightest autistic) seem quite obsessed with the idea that a central component of #autism is a 'deficit' in what is known as the 'theory of mind' - a posh term for understanding other people have different thoughts to you. /1
The idea is that an #autistic person doesn't understand that other people have different thoughts and feelings to your own. It's an incredibly strong position to take as, if it were true, #autistic people would be utterly incapable of any interaction. /2
I think a lot of #autism research has been constructed in such a way that has ignored some key traits of autism, and simultaneously assumed a lack of independent agency for #autistic individuals. /3
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April 2, 2020
Today is a very special day. We celebrate #autism day. Our First Lady lit the White House blue to commemorate #AutismAwarenessDay.
Thank you @FLOTUS for your kindness and love for our children.
Also, our President, Donald J. Trump, also wore a navy blue suit and a blue tie with thin red strips to the Coronavirus Task Force Press Briefing.
Blue, the color of the sea as well as sky stands for freedom, serenity, calmness, peacefulness, imagination, intelligence, sincerity.
To decode the blue color from @FLOTUS & #POTUS here is a #QPost. April is going to be a great month.

This post includes: Bunker. Forest. Blue!

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Today is World #AutismAcceptanceDay! (Or, to some, #AutismAwarenessDay). This means you’re probably being firehosed by autism information. But how do you know if an #autism organization is a trustworthy one? Fortunately, we have guidelines & examples: 1/
At TPGA, we believe autistic people of all ages & abilities deserve to be treated with respect, have their civil rights & humanity recognized, & have access to the resources & accommodations they need. We will not support #autism orgs that do not abide by these basic precepts. 2/
We know it can be difficult to identify #autism orgs that legitimately work towards the best interest of #autistic ppl & their families, as questionable autism organizations tend to employ the vocabulary of acceptance & support—even when actively undermining those principles. 3/
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Today is #WorldAutismDay

1 in 160 children has an autism spectrum disorder. #Autism begins in childhood and tend to persist into adolescence and adulthood

👉 Today is World Autism Day.<br />
1 in 160 children has an autism spectrum disorder. Autism begins in childhood and tend to persist into adolescence and adulthood.<br />
Interventions for people with #autism need to be accompanied by broader actions for making physical, social and attitudinal environments more:
✔️ accessible
✔️ inclusive
✔️ supportive

It's #WorldAutismAwarenessDay
Here are 5⃣ ways to support your child with #autism
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This #AutismAwarenessWeek let's break down some of the most perfidious myths about #autism. Here's a list of what I think are the most harmful and unhelpful. Please share widely - we need people to know this stuff. #thread
1. #autism can be disabling. Many #autistic people see it as a disibility. However others do not see it in this way. This is a perfectly reasonable personal choice and should not be a source of confusion.
2. #Autism is not in itself a learning disability (though aspects of it can make learning harder!) However, autism can be comorbid with various learning disabilities.
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If you want to do right by your autistic kid (or any autistic person, really), then please do your best to understand and respect these eleven factors about being autistic. From this article, but this is also a thread:… #Neurodiversity #autistic #autism 1/
(1) Processing Time: Almost every #autistic person I know has their own rhythm and speed at which they process information. In my son's case, this means giving him a few beats to respond, rather than impatiently assuming he didn't understand what was said. 2/
Other processing scenarios include relying on captioning for comprehending videos or movies—even for those who can hear—or needing to record & re-listen to lectures. Disregarding processing needs can lead to #autistic ppl having their abilities or comprehension underestimated. 3/
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Your #autistic children may be finding the big shift to being at home all the time good or bad. Depends entirely on their experience of school and their preferences for routine. A thread of advice - please share. /1
Some #autistic students will be overjoyed at being home all day, but will react badly to the imposition of school work into their normal home routine. I guess they're living in 'holiday routine' mode and might be loving the freedom to do their own thing. /2
It will take time and patience to create a new normal in these situations. School work will feel intrusive and alien, and I'd expect some #autistic students will ignore it, hoping it goes away. Certainly pushing this work in them is liable to end badly! /3
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I has been brought to my attention that we need to pray for those with #Autism during these times.

For these beautiful children of God the smallest change in their lives (routine) can impact them greatly and those who love them.

Oft times these impacts express themselves in fits of rage, discomfort, irritation, physically like upset tummies +.

Please refrain from offering advice like CBD oil or other and just lovingly intercede for them and their loved ones.

Holy Father in heaven I come before you to lift some very wonderful children and loved ones of yours. ABBA in these changing times your beloved ones with #Autism + other afflictions are suffering. Lord I ask you AUTHORIZE your Angel's to minister, calm and mentor and..
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Autism and anxiety - a thread.

If I can face it. Let's go. /1

#autism #anxiety
This could quite easily be summed up as 'autism and anxiety are so commonly matched as to be almost indistinguishable', but I'd quite like to pick it apart based on my experience of course. /2 #autism
For me, the overriding experience of autism at the moment is anxiety. Anxiety about work, anxiety about parenting, anxiety about stress, anxiety about everything. But it wasn't always like this. /3 #autism
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I see in parenting groups parents not wanting to seek diagnosis for their children to not "label" them ASD or ADHD. Here are some labels I recieved not having a diagnosis. Lazy. Weird. A Failure. Daydreamer. Manipulative. Attention seeker. Odd. Self-centred. #ActuallyAutistic
These labels given to me due to an expectation I behave neurotypical was damaging to me. Far more so then the "label" ASD or ADHD. I believed I was a useless person before my diagnosis. #adultadhd
Learning about my neurodiversity helped me understand myself and give me self the compassion I deserved. I am not lazy. I just struggle to focus due to a neurological condition. I am not manipulative. I get huge sensory overhwelm which causes meltdowns. #ActuallyAutistic
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How #Autistic students can get a raw deal at school - a thread taken from my talk at the National Autistic Society conference. Please share widely if you can. /1
#Autistic students often arrive at school with their 'stress-tank' close to overflowing already, thanks to a morning of intense exposure to stressors. Too often this isn't appreciated. /2
They will have been unable to explore their favourite interest, instead being forced by time pressure to get ready for school. They will have had unavoidable social time with other children whose interactions may be bewildering to them. They'll be in uncomfortable uniform. /3
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On this final #VaxFactsFebruary of 2020, let’s recap:
✅No US #vaccines given to kids are made in China
✅Vaccines do not cause ppl to change gender
✅Vaccines are not toxic
✅>9/10 parents choose to vaccinate
✅US #vaccines are made in Canada, Belgium, Australia, France and the US
✅Vaccines prevent diseases that can be deadly to babies and children
✅BEST was to protect children is to vaccinate according to the CDC schedule— others are not evidence-based
#VaccinesWork! MMR, for example, is 97% effective in preventing #measles
#FluShot prevents ~50% of #flu and reduces hospitalization and death from flu by 65%
#HIB vaccine effectively ended HIB meningitis within just a few years
✅2 of 3 polio strains are GONE! Amazing!
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Sometimes it's hard to be the parent my #autistic son needs me to be, & I’m always learning about best & better practices. But I wish the research that could help him was better, too.

This is going to be a thread based on a recent @AutismOAR post:…

@AutismOAR How is it that my #autistic son is nineteen years old? How is he not still the cute little dude who used to fit on my lap; how is it that he is now so much bigger than me that I am now wearing his hand-me-downs? #parenting #autism #Neurodiversity

@AutismOAR Time flies just as fast when parenting an autistic child as with any child, which is a truism I wish I’d been told when my son was diagnosed as autistic almost sixteen years ago. What else have I discovered about raising an autistic child? 3/
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The Most Epic #Vaccine Rant on Twitter I Promise You’ll Ever Read

The #EpigeneticWhisperer Is Super Duper Pissed

A Tweet Series By EW

I’m mad as hell & I’m not going to take it anymore!
-Howard Beale, Network, 1976

I’ve been hanging around this 🌎 for 4 decades now & I have 2 tell u that I’m really pissed off. I was born, grew up & have reluctantly participated in this hot beautiful mess called society. I’ve been looking around, taking notes, & there r way 2 many things pissing me off.

One societal catastrophe has been this 300 year #vaccine experiment on humans. The most outrageous lie ever perpetrated on the human race. It’s pissing me off something fierce. Let me count the ways.

1) The entire vax experiment was based on rubbing cow pox blister puss...

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Today I want to talk about how ‘Autism Warrior Parents’ Harm Autistic Kids. These thoughts are from an evergreen article I wrote for the dearly departed Establishment:…

This is going to be a thread.

#autism #parenting #Neurodiversity 1/
Parenting approaches differ, but mostly, everything we consider “good parenting” fulfills two basic needs: It makes children feel safe, and it makes them feel loved. Parents and non-parents alike tend to scorn any parenting approach that doesn’t meet these goals. #autism 2/
…That is, unless the kids in question are #autistic—in which case parents are too often encouraged to pursue approaches that traumatize & alienate their kids. I call these types “Autism Warrior Parents,” & people caring for autistic kids can learn a lot from their mistakes. 3/
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Why I class #Autism as a disability, and also why I have no problem with you if you don't.

A thread. Please read and share. Thank 'ee kindly. /1
There's a lot of argument about the status of #autism out there, and whether it should be classed or seen as a disability. Things can get rather heated (which in autistic people's case tends to mean awkward silences and then a minor meltdown in private later). /2
Some people argue it is a disability, others argue it should not be viewed in that way. Each have very valid reasons. I fall into the former camp as I believe it to be a disability. /3 #autism
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Autism rates in the U.S. have reached epidemic proportions. One in 36 boys now has some form of autism. Autism rates have increased exponentially since the increase in the vaccine schedule set by the CDC.
The increase in the number of childhood vaccines coincides with the 1986 ruling, exempting vaccine manufacturers from liability. If we have increased the number of vaccines a child receives, we have, in turn, increased the number of toxins a child is exposed to.
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#Autism and Parenting an infant school child - a thread.

Please read and share as you wish - reply too!

Let's dive facefirst into the morass that is trying to cope with the stress of taking a child to school every day... /1
Routine - oh goodness me I like routine, as I think a lot of #autistic people do. I live for routine. Threaten my routine and I freak out big style. Break my routine and... well... I'll not be particularly chuffed with you.

But children. In the morning. Oh. My. God. /2
My morning routine has been much the same this past 400 years or so. There is so little variation, in fact, that I'm pretty sure I could be used as some cosmic constant for astrophysics.

But these days I have to incorporate the huge will and cheeky disposition of a child. /3
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I’m the mother of a high-support #autistic young adult. I’m going to give it to you straight about antivax disinfo: why it’s nonsense, why it’s dangerous, & why it’s hurtful—especially to people like my son.
This is going to be a thread.

#autism #VaccinesWork #Neurodiversity 1/
I want to talk about a critical aspect of vaccine advocacy, which is understanding how vaccine-autism misinformation hurts the amazing people in the #autistic communities in general, and people like my wonderful, happy, autistic son specifically. 2/
If more people understand that #autism is nothing to be afraid of & is part of human diversity—if we share more messages about accepting #autistic people like my son, who need significant support but also have unrecognized abilities and have always been part of our society… 3/
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Det är svårt att föreställa sig om det som sker i Kina. Uppenbarligen samlar de in dissidenter. All internet trafik är spärrad utom de källor som kommer via den kinesiska staten. Det som pågår i Kina angående #Coronavirus är en krigshandling av främmande makt.
Det här viruset är
gjord av människan. Ryssland, Indien, Taiwan vet att viruset innehåller HIV.

Därmed är skiten tillverkad av människan. Det sägs att den slår hårdare mot kinesiska män än mot andra raser, vilket betyder att denna "attack" kommer ej från deras egna led.

Fortsättning följer.
Russian scientists believe America created the Wuhan coronavirus to sabotage China… via @Dimsum Daily
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Do U Know That Mercury is Still Present in Several Vaccines?

Hg in Vax’s: A Closer Look

A Tweet Series By The Epigenetic Whisperer

The Mad Hatter, “Have I gone mad?”
Alice, “Ur entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell u a secret, all the best people are.”
-Alice In Wonderland

The crazy Mad Hatter of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland has become widely associated w/the toxic effects of Mercury. Mercury was used way back in the mid 17th century in France as an ingredient in the felt hat industry. Mercury poisoning soon became endemic resulting..

Dementia & erethism. In fact, Hg is one of the most cyto/neurotoxic substances on Earth which has been linked 2 100s of disease symptoms & death. Unfortunately mercury has been used prodigiously in industrial operations finding its way into our oceans & has infiltrated..

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Vaxxed Versus Unvaxxed
Whose healthier?

A Tweet Series By The Epigenetic Whisperer

I'm not upset that u lied 2 me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe u.
― Friedrich Nietzsche

There are 3 types of lies -- lies, damn lies, & statistics.
― Benjamin Disraeli

R u sick of the nonsense from the CDC saying they can’t do vax vs unvax studies cuz it would be unethical 2 withhold lifesaving vax’s? 🙄 Never mind the fact that there r already tens of thousands of 🧒 that never have been nor ever will b vaxxed.

Fear not, the data exists!

1st there’s this👉 Less than 1% of entirely unvaxxed kids have ANY health problems. This is from the world's leading authority on health data for entirely unvaccinated people. They have collected more than all others combined.

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Come visit a real public school, @Sflecce. Come tell newcomer refugee students why their ESL support was cut. Come tell children with learning disabilities why their special education reading classes were cancelled. Come tell kids why the courses they need to graduate were cut.1/
Come tell children with #Autism that their safety and academic success at school is not as high a priority as tax cuts. Come tell children in crisis that they will have to wait even longer for assessments and services, and that it’s okay if some of them die while they wait. 2/
Come tell our children that they will have to just learn to deal with not having their needs met, and that escalation and classroom evacuations are just part of how we do school now. Come tell them that walking the halls with an EA is the same thing as receiving an education. 3/
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#Autism and #Depression - a very personal thread. Despite that, please share widely as it might help folk.

All based on my own experience. /1
It's an interesting thing that mental health is so universally taboo, as it means our mental health gets progressively worse. So, following in the example of people like @matthaig1 and @Sara_Rose_G, I'm going tk be pretty open and honest about my poorly little brain. /2
Please be aware that I'm not classing #Autism as a mental illness. Because it isn't. I'm talking about the black dog - depression.

It's shit. /3
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