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Therapist Tip: 1 in 44 children are now born with #autism A core theme in many #autistic #aspergers #adhd individuals is self hatred or self-loathing, in both the diagnosed & undiagnosed. Many are unaware they are #neurodivergent Many are misdiagnosed or have missed diagnoses
Those who were late diagnosed (after kindergarten) are included. A common theme is growing up feeling 'different', 'not fitting in', being bullied, not being accepted, 'feeling like an alien', not understanding oneself, confusion, negative self-esteem, #adhd #selfesteem
a lack of friends, family of origin issues, difficulties communicating, being misunderstood & #trauma They may have ptsd from childhood, developmental trauma, have been bullied and/or abused. They often feel as though something is inherently wrong with them (shame & guilt) #PTSD
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Therapist 🧵: #Narcissistic Fixated Stalking. #Stalking is illegal in almost every country in the world, but that doesn't mean those who are stalked get the help they need. Stalking is on the Increase due to social media, lack of knowledge by law enforcement as to what #illegal
To do with them, their high levels of manipulation & the law not keeping up with current times. Clusters B's are well known for stalking & taking revenge when they don't get what they want from you. Narcissists & psychopaths are even known to kill your pets.
They may contact your employee With outright lies, stalk you both online & offline & accuse you of stalking them. Stalking is something narcissists (and other cluster B's) love to engage in. It gives them power, control & yes, entertainment #dysfunctional
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Fifteen things you've got wrong about autistic people - a thread to hopefully raise a bit of proper understanding of what we autistic people are (generally) like... 🧵🧵🧵

1. There are way more of us than you think - maybe even as many as one-in-twenty.
2. We are in general a pretty empathetic bunch, and can often be extremely empathetic to the point of it being quite intense. We often don't know what to do with it, mind you.

#autism #autistic
3. Autistic children become, in time, autistic adults. It doesn't go away and we don't grow out of it. We might learn to 'mask' our autistic traits though, at great cost, to avoid being bullied.

#autism #autistic
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I can only speak for myself, but I’ve always felt a bit uncomfortable when anyone told me that either being #autistic or having #ADHD was my superpower.

Personally, I was put under tremendous pressure to play my violin for people because I taught myself when I was 3.
If you feel that it’s your superpower, that’s ok. I’m not here to criticize you or tell you that you’re wrong.

We all have the right to feel the way we do without judgment.
When I think back to that small child with the tiny violin, I remember how scared “little Jen” really was.

I didn’t do this to be “super.”

I admired my grandmother so much and felt compelled to play music just like she did. I never felt “gifted.” I HATE that word.
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Hey, parents of autistic kids! Here are five BIG, avoidable mistakes. A thread, at TPGA:… #autism #autistic #parenting #Neurodiversity #autismAcceptance #AutismAwareness 1/
Parents of autistic children (and adults) get advice thrown at their heads from every angle, all day long. If you’re one of these parents, you may be all done with advice. ALL DONE. And I hear you, because I am you. However... 2/
I have the good fortune to be connected with insightful autistic thinkers on this planet, who have transformed my parenting approach completely, and to the benefit of my son, as well as myself.

So you don’t repeat my mistakes, here are 5 bonks I made & how you can avoid them. 3/
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1/18 So today, with the support of @nicolaleaking & @BrownlessElaine, I brought the latest round of the Inside of Autism to a close.

I hate the sales pitch stuff, so this is me, just letting you know what the Inside of Autism is & letting you decide if it might be useful to you:
2/18 Non-Autistic/#Autistic people, whether you are Professionals/parents or otherwise: 'The inside of Autism' has two rounds left in 2022 (one in Sept and one in Nov).

Sept is 3/4 full already and November is 1/2 full.

Places go FAST (That's not a sales pitch, they really do)
3/18 But what is it?

Its training, but it isn't autism training. At least not like you're used to.

The course focuses on reframing the #Autism narrative from an Autistic perspective, based on current Autistic & ally-led research & aims to introduce new concepts & give new tools
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Severe autism is not a real concept. What people tend to think is severely #autistic tends to be co-existing disabilities that doctors assume is autism-related, but in reality are not. What people consider to be 'severely autistic' also tends to be discriminatory.
Same goes for functioning labels. There's multiple criteria for high/low functioning that contradict other criteria. They also have nothing to do with functioning. Example: One definition has to do with ability to speak, others have to do with if you have a job or need a schedule
I once watched a video made by someone called "Reframing severe autism" who was considered severely autistic. He revealed what it really was was a co-existing disability that wasn't autism. It was after watching his video that made me come to this conclusion.
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Since #autistic is trending, here's some information for anyone suspecting they're autistic:

- Self DX is valid and supported by many PhD researchers and universities
- The DSM autism criteria is inaccurate and rejected by many PhD scientists
- Most accurate information on autism comes from autistic people, including organizations like @NeuroClastic and @autselfadvocacy
- Most mainstream autism research comes from non-autistic people who spread stereotypes as 'accurate' research (ex: autists lack empathy)
- Autism Speaks is not autism friendly
- Autistic people do not lack empathy, and have been overwhelmingly found to have huge amounts of it
- Most autism research tries to frame everything about us as bad, even the things about us that are arguably good.
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They way, we, #ActuallyAutistic people are treated is a lot worse than most NTs know.

So I want to explain with this thread, while #autistic is trending, the discrimination we go through

Share this thread with as many people as you know including NTs.
Starting with the fact that most NTs want to change our instinct behaviors because they don’t like the behaviors we find happiness in.
Stimming for example is something we all do, but #autistic people do it more noticeably. Stimming makes us feel happy and we do it to self regulate the body so our brains aren’t getting overwhelmed.

NTs try to stop us from stimming which causes the brain to get overwhelmed.
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Every community needs to be contacted and checked in on especially with big the … focus up here: disabled People AND People with Disabilities communities.

@shartbrained2nd, it’s very simple, person first language is by definition stigmatizing to the “with-ed” status.
If you commit to the idea that it is not stigmatizing then it would stand to reason that you would with every aspect of the people you work with:

Person with youth, sex, gender, origin, religion, hair-color …
If you would call a person with youth and pupilness a blonde but not an Autistic … what does that communicate about Autism…

By the way… we are talking about a child student if person with youth and pupilness is confusing.
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There are scientific studies which prove something every #Autistic person knows... we are literally better are remembering "Autistic experiences" than Allistic ones... This is far from Shaka( when the walls fell)ing but it should inform you of something critical...
The things you love and talk about ... are AUTISTICALLY CODED.

There is a reason that our community is constantly:

This show is great!
That movie is awesome!
Have you read that book!
That politician is not the worst!
Their music is epic!
Temba, his arms wide/open!
If you feel a connection with something ... its very likely a DEEP and resonant connection with your Autistic empathy and experiences and when you talk with other Autsitics you feel the Radar ping off them like Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra ... you feel IT ...
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SOMEONE ND: Hey everyone, please be aware that calling directness "rude" can be ableist.

SOMEONE NT: But some things are just RUDE, like if you can't take the time to say something politely, I don't care who you are, that's rude!
I'm witnessing this happening in a FB group I'm in, where one ND person made a post about how calling NT behaviors "polite" and ND behaviors "rude" was ableist and put ND people at a disadvantage in interactions, and already we've got "I won't put up with disrespect!" replies.
Sometimes I think some NT people are fine with other neurotypes existing until someone asks them to second-guess their own assumptions and question their own behaviors and they explode with "why should i have to change, i'm normal and they're the disordered ones!!"
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Our advice for helping an #autistic person though a meltdown:

- 1 ) Validate them no matter what. Any lessons or corrections can wait until after the meltdown is over.

- 2 ) IF you have their permission ahead of time, talk about their special interests.
When talking about their special interest, assuming you have their permission, anything will do.

One of my kids loves cats. I just say "Cat!" until I can think of something to say that is more dynamic than just saying cat ... often related to their other special interests.
The more trust you build with them over time the more effective talking about their Special interest will become. But you MUST have their permission ahead of time to do this.
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Therapist Thread 🧵 The difficulty in treating 'self-hatred'. BPD, other PD's, autism, aspergers, gender dysphoric clients who often present with extreme self-hatred. They have a great need to avoid their subjective internal experience or deflect it with external anger of hatred
They may be there in therapy but emotionally avoid, highly dissociate &/ or use drugs & alcohol, are hostile ("I hate all people", "no-one can help me", Shame- prone, isn't regular with appointments, never had a role model that cared for them in their life #therapy #hatredofself
Patients who attack themselves verbally or other is distressing for the #therapist The client has often hidden the level of self hatred they have. They have adapted in ways to hide this from themselves & others. Some feel they are punished by fate or karma. Some can't show how
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UK #autistic peeps: it is hot
For a good portion of us, heat is a sensory burden which can place stress on the nervous system and contribute to meltdowns. #Autism #ActuallyAutistic
Here's what you can do:
We can be rubbish at wanting to or remembering to drink enough. Carry a water bottle today. Set electronic reminder and/or set electronic reminders to drink each hour. #ActuallyAutistic
Stay in between 11 and 4. Close your curtains to create as much shade as possible. If you do go out, wear a hat, cover your shoulders, and, if you can tolerate the sensation, use a high factor suncream. If you can't, stay in #ActuallyAutistic
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If anyone thinks the lobby for intensive behavioural modification/ABA is gonna stop at #Autistic kids they're not following the investments.

Years from now we can either have safe, affirming educational pedagogies OR we will have behaviour monitoring + modification factories.
They're already getting normative behaviour crap into teachers' heads which is already a disaster for kids' emotional+ psychological development, extremely likely to exacerbate racist bias in racist teachers, dangerous for all neurodivergent kids & parents. but it gets worse!
These people will push behaviour modification for long covid.

Behaviour modification for ADHD
For "oppositional behaviour" (re: being Black in school, being harassed at work)
For acting queer and disturbing parents (yes, this will come full circle back to queer conversion)
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10 things you can change that will help #autistic people in your life:

1. Don't demand everyone makes eye contact with you. For autistic people, this can be alienating as eye contact can be really intense and unpleasant.
2. Enough with the unasked-for physical contact! Autistic people can be hyper sensitive to touch, so being all touchy-freely can be really, really horrible. Unless you know its OK, don't do it.
3. Stop reading things into what we say that aren't there. Autistic people are generally pretty straightforward and it's not necessarily to ascribe hidden meanings and implication to our words. #autism #autistic
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*New* article, More People Are Learning The Truth About ABA

Popular media has begun picking up on both the science and the sentiment…

#ADHD #Autistic #ActuallyAutistic #Autism #Neurodivergent #Neurodiversity #Writers #WritingCommunity #WritersLift #Write
In May, an opinion article was published in Fortune Magazine discussing the controversy surrounding ABA. Written by a lawyer named Ariana Cernius, the article outlines some of the problematic history & legal issues associated with ABA.…
This week, an article was published from my home province of Ontario. The reporter, @JessicaRDurling, included multiple perspectives in her story. Durling brought together voices from families, proponents of ABA, as well as Autistic self-activists who speak out about its harms.
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I’ve heard this said about my son on more than one occasion, “he seems to think he can do what he wants, and doesn’t have to do something if he doesn’t want to.”

Um, well, yes.

He’s a human being after all, with free will and autonomy.

#GentleParenting #Parenting #WritersLift
Certainly all of our actions have consequences, and I mean naturally-occurring consequences, not adult-imposed punishments.…

#MediumWriter #MediumBlogger #ParentingBlog #ParentingTips #ParentingAdvice #MentalHealthAwareness #ADHDAwareness #Oppositional
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Autism trans 🧵: If your child is high functioning #autistic & just coming out as 'trans': 1. This is likely trauma based & autism based 2. They have been preyed upon or groomed because of their #autism What I mean by this is #autistic children teens or adults are socially
Naive & fullibe Due to their #autistic brain wiring. They do NOT 'see' or understand the bad 'intentions' of others. This gets them into all manner of troubles across the lifetime. They are highly vulnerable & need safeguarding due to their naivety #innocent #groomed #deceived
The way their brain is uniquely wired means they must have healthy responsible role models & mentors in their lives otherwise they are easily manipulated, led astray, taken advantage of, deceived, gaslit & worse. It does matter how high their cognitive IQ is #trauma #PTSD
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The “Gold Standard” for Autistic Children.

So many Autistic people explain how & why ABA is abusive & harmful, yet many professionals continue to push it.…

#ADHD #Autistic #ActuallyAutistic #Autism #Neurodivergent #Neurodiversity #Writers #WritersLift
I have heard this line so many times: “They told me ABA therapy was the ‘gold standard’ for Autism.”…

#WritingCommunity #WritersSupportingWriters #ADHDSupport #CelebrateNeurodiversity #AutismAwareness #AutismAcceptance #AutisticPride #AutisticPrideDay
Professionals need to explain exactly what they mean by that, because gold standard is subjective; it will mean different things to different people.

Successful supports (as opposed to "therapies") will mean different things to different people.

What does it mean to the CHILD?
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So it's autistic pride day - I honestly had no idea, which is strange. I'd lkke to talk about pride and autism - a quick thread. 🧵🧵🧵
I think all autistic people deserve to feel proud of one thing in particular: managing to cope in this unfriendly world. Even though its intensely difficult, we manage, for the most part, to get through each day.
This is despite the ableism thrown at us, the total lack of accommodation most of us face, the fact the world is as designed for us as it is designed for any minority. We still get up and push through, often exhausted, often alone.
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Hello! I gave a long-ass interview for a #Bloomberg @business @bloombergtax article on Ernst and Young @EYTwitter's new neurodiversity initiative as a mental health expert and #actuallyautistic person and I'm glad to see that my opinion was IGNORED and TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT! 1/
The piece: "Growing EY Initiative Promotes Neurodiversity in the Workplace"… 2/ (prepare to cringe)
I'm going to just hope that the journalist I spoke with @TzulRichard (2023 journalism school, intern?) was overridden by his editors incl @JeffMHarrington. Because he was thoughtful and listened well during the interview. But what they published was a puff piece on EY program.
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When you are #ADHD/#autistic & have chronic pain, it's like the worst of all worlds. Pain, especially long term pain, can make life with ADHD/A miserable. Pain takes up your mental resources for sensory management, leaving your body a raw nerve. It eats away at your concentration
I can get distracted in an empty room, just by thinking my own thoughts. But when pain is involved it's like someone is tugging at me & trying to talk to me non-stop & my ability to focus on something (no matter how important) is severely impaired. I'm using all my cope on pain
Drs have largely been ordered to abandon pain patients, to discourage, discredit & smear them to avoid liability, so the advice we often get is stuff like "try mindfulness" (while offering zero resources) or "learn to live with it." So you do- by shoving everything else aside
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