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1/4 Often Autistic people assigned female birth are missed as Autistic people because for 70+ years research & researchers were only looking for a narrow Autistic presentation.

Lots of women, non-binary people, & men were missed their earlier Autistic identity discovery.
2/4 And Black Autistic people & Autistic people of colour are really overlooked, which must change.

My interests, for instance, were not the stereotype of trains. I was dedicated to buying & applying makeup in a meticulous way.
3/4 I know far more Autistic people interested in snails 🐌 than trains or buses.

We are seeing a shift from non-autistic led theories & understanding of the abstract "autism", to Autistic led theories and discussion about Autistic experience.
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1/7 Rejection Sensitivity (alt text in picture descriptions) Slide 1: Title of “Rejection Sensitivity” in a multicolo
2/7 Rejection Sensitivity Slide 2: Main text reads: “Rejection Sensitivity, or Rejec
3/7 Rejection Sensitivity Slide 3: Title of: “Experiencing Rejection Sensitivity”
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1/8 Situational Mutism Pt. 2 (alt-text in picture descriptions) Slide 1: "Situational Mutism is all about the situation
2/8 Situational Mutism Pt. 2 Slide 2: "Mute around crowds or in front of a lot of pe
3/8 Situational Mutism Pt. 2 Slide 3: "Mute around strangers or with new people"
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1/5 Situational Mutism Pt. 1 (alt text in picture descriptions) Slide 1 - title "Situa...
2/5 Situational Mutism Pt. 1 Slide 2 - title "Situa...
3/5 Situational Mutism Pt. 1 Slide 3 - title "Be Ac...
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A personal (very late diagonised) #ActuallyAutistic perspective on #change.
For me coming to understand myself better as a result of a very late #autism diagnosis led to some very gradual but significant changes.
Three and a half years on things are very different.
This isn’t the result of a ‘throw everything up in the air and see where it lands’ kind of change, although I’ve done a fair bit of that in my time.
What has been happening is that I have been getting to know myself - the truly autistic ‘me’, not the people pleasing version.
This takes time. There’s no rushing it. It has taken even longer to accept and appreciate essential autistic qualities and perspectives that the neurotypical world regards as defective or odd.
But very gradually, like the changing of the seasons, my life is being transformed.
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"There are legitimate situations where an autistic person needs to be able to put their autistic behaviours aside. For example, how about a job interview"--Bruce McIntosh

🤮… "There are legitimate situations where an autistic pers
Me: "Oh, I'm sorry! I forgot to leave my autism at home for our job interview. Here, let me stick it in my purse, so as to make you more comfortable interacting with me, regardless of my actual qualifications for this job."
"put their autistic behaviours aside".

They're not "autistic behaviours", they're *human* behaviours from an Autistic human being. There is a difference: autism is our *neurology*. Being Autistic impacts one's entire brain & body. We can't just "set it aside" like an accessory.
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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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Today is #AutisticPride day and the kid woke up with grief about not being normal. So I reminded him that normal is what a group of industrial psychologists thought would make the ideal factory worker.
I reminded him that if autistic people were valued for who we essentially are, the word neurotypical would not exist, it would be replaced with a word that suitably describes a difference in process and functioning. #AutisticPride
I also reminded him that a lot of "normal" people are miserable and unfulfilled. Being normal is not the key to a perfect life.
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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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Autistic Pride 🧵

This was never, ever supposed to happen. Here it is:

First photo: BA, English, 2001, San Diego State University
Second Photo: MFA Creative Writing (Fiction), 2005, San Diego State University

#AutisticPrideDay2022 #AutisticPride #Neurodivergent
I mentioned this before, even a week ago: I wasn’t even supposed to had had to had the chance to graduate from high school, let alone ever get through first grade. Psychiatrist wrote a disabled child as should be institutionalized

#AutisticPrideDay2022 #AutisticPride
Here, I am thankful for a parent’s judgment against an expert, as my mother only completed school up to the 8th grade, was learning English at the time, and was an immigrant wife of an Americans in the military.

#AutisticPrideDay2022 #AutisticPride #Neurodivergent
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It occurred to me that some may think I “waste” time on Twitter (as I primarily Tweet during my evenings/weekends when I am not working). As a #Hyperlexic , my first & most natural language is actually writing because I take in such inordinate amounts of sensory data… 🧵
…so, when I Tweet I am actually doing a number of things which folx may not realize: 1) I am processing my 💡ideas 💡, some of which are incorporated into my 📕 projects: they may be saved for later or might even inspire a cathartic impromptu writing session…
2) I am engaging with a global community of advocates & amazing humans of multiple ages, across all time zones & representing diverse intersecting lenses specifically because my specialization is understanding perspectives which are different from my own, and this enriches me…
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We’re only in the first week of April & I’ve already received a multitude of emails asking about how to respectfully speak about Autism & Autistic people.

Here are a few gentle reminders, for those of you who want to be good allies this month:
In the debate over “Autistic Person” or “person with autism”, though individual opinions can and do vary, Autistic person is preferred by most Autistic (not all) people.

It’s always good to ask & respect the individual’s choice in how to identify themselves.
Aspergers is being phased out as a diagnosis though some Autistic people have received this label in recent years (depending on where they live in the world).

Autistic is Autistic.

Separating Autistic people this way harms all of us even those who are given the Aspergers label.
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I found out that I was Autistic, at the age of 29, fairly late in life.

When I would tell people this newly discovered information, often, they would have a range of reactions, from not knowing how to respond, to disbelief.
In my experience coming out, Autistic has been a lot like coming out Queer -you have to come out over & over again.

It is an endless process with each & every new person you meet (if you choose to disclose that information).
When you do decide to disclose this information to people who may have been close to you in your life, you may lose people, because some humans will be unable to accept the new information, in relation to the way they think of you.
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It’s official April. You may have heard that April is considered “Autism Month” to many people.

A few gentle reminders to non-Autistic people, as we jump into this month:
1. Please step aside and let Autistic People lead the conversation about Autism this month.

Historically, April has often been a time non-Autistics speak over Autistic voices, effectively silencing us and cutting us out of conversations about issues that impact us.
2. Please DO help to amplify the voices/words of Autistic people on Autistic issues this month (and all year long).
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