1/Children & young people with autism and learning disabilities who could be living in the community with specialist support are languishing for years in Assessment & Treatment Units, some of them locked up 24/7 in isolation rooms, bec of severe financial pressure on Local Auths
2/ At the same time, private providers running these ATUs are raking in profits, being paid £452m per yr in what has become a market driven provision where autistic and LD people are little more than commodities
3/ This in spite of the fact that caring for them in the community would be far less expensive not to mention far better for the individuals concerned, their quality of life, their security and safety and their wellbeing
My 13yo #autistic son went to Michigan’s game yesterday. His friend’s dad was a supporter of #Trump. He called #Democrats a derogatory name ending in “- TARD”. My son, being an advocate but still scared, said “I’m autistic and that word is offensive to me.” 1/
2/ “it’s offensive because of “tard”. You know that word comes from the R word, retard.” He said it in a shaky voice. The man said “oh no! I didn’t mean it THAT way. I mean like moron.” My son looked at him and said, “exactly my point.” 2/
3/ the Dad continued on and said the word with “-tard” on it one more time. In retelling the story my son said to me, “Mama, it felt so... I just told him and he did it again.” I said, “you planted a seed. You stood up for yourself. That’s all you can do.”
Why does my #autistic child manage to behave well all day at school, then go into meltdown when I collect them? A short thread for parents.
Hello. I'm autistic. So is our fine son. Let's look at a school day...
First, a school day starts with a lot of cleaning-of-child (sensory pain).
And a lot of getting dressed into clothes that feel like sandpaper or barbed wire on the skin. ...ctd...
Then, there's the peril of the school playground with screaming, shouting, chatting. It blends into one hellish noise for the autistic child, unable to see faces to identify who is who, & can't read face expressions fast enough. So socialising becomes impossible & scary. ../ctd
This is just so silly. In the 19th century, there was a panic in the medical profession (and among social commentators) about women becoming ill with neurological and "nervous" conditions because they were overworking their brains/nerves, which were naturally weaker than men's.
This “fact” was used to bolster the argument in favor of stopping women's formal education after age 16 and most certainly not letting them enroll in university.
So let me tell you a story about the Lost Boys of the CJS. There are girls too but they are even harder to see because, well, everyday sexism in diagnosis of #Autism.
#AutismAwarenessMonth is meaningless unless we actually start to accept & understand Autistics as they are.
This is a thread - I don’t know how many parts.
Warning: I apologise in advance if I use inadvertently ableist language or non first person #autistic terms. I am not Autistic but I try and fail.
Let me choose Peter as my generic example. He’s no more real than the original Lost Boy, Peter Pan but just as lost.
Peter is now 19. And when I first meet him, he looks so young and small even in the tiny cell at Court.But his solicitors have already sent me his life story.
Things that YOU can do to help #autistic children in school. A thread of ideas, titbits of info, things to consider and so on. I hope it's useful and even more importantly, hope it helps some kids cope with the waking nightmare that is 'Neuro-typical Academy' #autismacceptance /1
1. Have your lesson stick to a rigid routine as far as possible. This is good as it arguably is good for all kids, but is a huge benefit to #autistic student. At primary, have a clear daily routine if possible. /1
2. Only have posters and displays if they are actually useful, and don't make them too 'busy'! Simple colour schemes too, rather than rainbows, and if may be worth seating #autistic children away from particularly distracting or detailed displays. /2
PDA in the world of neurology is an initialism standing for 'pathological demand avoidance'. It seems to be a type or subset of #autism as it shares some traits, but it is a bit of a mystery to be fair. #AutismAcceptance /1 THREAD
As it's name suggests, at the heart of PDA is a desperate wish to avoid having to do anything that could be seen as a demand. This could be rooted in fear of failure, fear of change, fear of any social situation or simply a need to be in control. #AutismAcceptance /2
But it's an interesting aspect of neuro-diversity for many reasons. Firstly, people with PDA tend to be much better at camouflaging their autistic tendencies (which they're likely to have a lot of). They can have excellent social ability, though only surface #AutismAcceptance /3
Sensory overload is an aspect of #autism that is hard to explain, and by no means standard for all autistic people. I have it, to an extent, so I'll be leading with that, but some people have it to a far greater or lesser extent. Buckle up, its THREAD time again. /1
Firstly, all five main senses can be overstimulated for #autistic people, possibly all at the same time. I'll go through each of them in a moment. As for 'overload', this is a discomfort that can be extreme in response to sensory stimulation. /2
So visual overload is being overwhelmed by the visual detail and colours and shapes around you. In a busy space, like a city centre, the sheer quantity of things jostling for visual attention can be painful to experience,leading to panic, anxiety, migraine or meltdown. /3