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Most weeks now, there's new research published talking about autism in terms of monotropism: a tendency to concentrate attention, and have relatively few interests aroused at a time.

A lot of autistic people feel this explains our experience better than any other theory. Thread:
#Monotropism getting this much attention has been a long time coming!

My mum started talking about autism in these terms in the 1990s, building on her 1986 PhD thesis with help from Mike Lesser and later @WennLawson.

Here's a 1997 chapter on 'normality':…
She presented at various conferences about her ideas, developing them as she got to know and befriend various other autistic people, disabled to varying degrees.

In 2005 she published this paper in @JournalAutism together with Wenn Lawson and Mike Lesser:…
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.@POTUS, do you want to *truly* help all Americans? Here’s a great idea:

#Autistics are all too often unemployed, or underemployed- for reasons that are not their fault.

Start grant programs that will pay the tuition for #autistic teachers, therapists, & healthcare providers 1
Education & healthcare are extremely important, and autistics are often better understood by other autistics.

Studies have shown this. It’s referred to as #DoubleEmpathy. 2
Creating such a program would not only help to employ more #neurodiverse people, but it would also *allow for better services for ND students & patients,* because they’d have a better chance of being understood.

All while helping to #diversify the workforce.

Win-win, yes? 3
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Greta Thunberg’s facial expressions & personal thoughts are not really anyone’s business. However, back in September, a number of #Autists felt that a #BodyLanguageExpert‘s unsolicited projections had so widely missed the mark that something needed to be said. 🧵 1/8
#Autistic people are said to have difficulty reading #BodyLanguage. But this really means they have difficulty reading #Neurotypical nonverbal language. We actually have far less difficulty understanding our own neurotype, despite having been raised to mimic the words ... 2/8
...& mannerisms of the dominant majority.

@milton_damian has written about the #DoubleEmpathy problem - essentially a breakdown in reciprocity & mutual understanding between people with very differing ways of experiencing the world, in this case #Autists vs #Neurotypicals. 3/8
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