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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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Happy #AutisticPrideDay! When ppl tell you they are #ActuallyAutistic—BELIEVE them. When #Autists say realizing they are #Autistic literally saved them—BELIEVE them. When an Autist says stop using ableist language—LISTEN so you may learn. Graphic of a brain in colors of the light spectrum with a wh
Do NOT speak over #ActuallyAutistic people even if you know any other Autists—LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN. Self Dx IS valid. Stop with functioning labels, now. We are NOT failed neurotypicals—we are exactly how we are meant to be. There is ***no*** such thing as “looking Autistic.” —
#SoyAutista e increíblemente orgullosa de formar parte de la gente #TEA #ASD…
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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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Yet again.
The vast majority of Autistic people prefer the term Autistic.

But non-autistic medical folks insist on using the pathologizing stigmatizing "with autism" language.

It's offensive. it's against community wishes. Please. We are #Autistic.
Sources below!
This survey found majority preference for indentiy-first (Autistic), and also that autistic people are more likely to engage with services and organizations if they use the word Autistic.…
Article describing how “person first” language “has material consequences for autistic people including stigmatisation, dehumanisation, and violence.”…
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Happy #pride month specifically to #autistic queer people who have to watch straight politicians parade around as though they are ultimate allies while they also support ABA and other behaviour-based interventions that were designed parallel to queer conversion torture practices.
Your queer behaviour is beautiful. The way you act different, act like YOU, naturally, is not wrong and doesn't need to be corrected, whether they blame it on your sexuality or your neurology.
If you're not autistic or just very confused about this tweet, here's some info:…
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@ICARSBanRandS @NeuroClastic @unsilenced_now So this ONLY applies to children??? I'm still traumatized 8 yrs after being brutally manhandled & physically harmed due to my #EhlersDanlosSyndrome after going to a hospital for 'HELP' while having what I THOUGHT was a panic attack but I now know was a meltdown caused by ...
@ICARSBanRandS @NeuroClastic @unsilenced_now undiagnosed autism. I only discovered a year ago that I'm autistic & what's been happening to me are MELTDOWNS. After I got there, the bright fluorescent lights, painful hard furniture & COLD in the psych ER where I found out the hard way that, once u're there, u can't leave ...
@ICARSBanRandS @NeuroClastic @unsilenced_now until a psychiatrist gets around to seeing you, which was about 17 hours that time although nobody would tell me how much longer I had to wait & they take all ur clothes & shoes & have no pillows or blankets; just a one-ply hospital gown open in the back and non-slip socklets ...
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A lot of #onpoli discussions using Autistic children as talking points. But what are leaders actually promising for Autistic kids? The details matter.

If a plan uses the "needs-based" ABA label (proliferated by behaviour intervention investors), it is NOT helping Autistic kids.
#ActuallyAutistic people deserve better than politicians who drink the ABA/IBI industry kool-aid.

Autistic children deserve better than to be used as political pawn in an election by a bunch of non-autistic adults who plan to impose behaviour modification practices on them.
#Autistic children deserve #onpoli leaders who will QUESTION the multi-billion $$ behaviour intervention industry (that is moving to expand & take advantage of other marginalized and oppressed groups as well), rather than taking industry marketing lines and running with them.
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What happens if my routine slips, as an autistic and (probably) ADHD person?

A thread 🧵🧵🧵

Please read and share.
My routine is mostly in place to keep my stress levels down. As an autistic person, I am constantly beset by a sensory barrage of info that I struggle to filter, and endless communication difficulties with neurotypical people. Keeping a good routine is a way of reclaiming control
It helps keep my stress at manageable levels, which can prevent meltdown, shutdown and eventually burnout.

Routines are *great* for this.
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I hear "medium-functioning-autism" and I think "oh shiiiiit one of us finally got the psychic powers working that's dope"
While you're here STOP USING FUNCTIONING LABELS they're inaccurate, inflexible & misleading. They hurt nonspeaking autistics the most. Just don't use language like this. Don't call anyone low functioning or high functioning or mild or severe or whatever, ever. It is NOT helpful.
This includes "mental age" bs.

“These words...can also take away our rights to normal adult lives. Historically, so-called “mental age theory” has stripped people with intellectual and developmental disabilities of our dignity...”…
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Nonspeaking #autistic leaders are showing us a better path forward, away from behaviour frameworks towards communication access and presuming competence. I'm delighted to follow their path.
A few I hope you check out:

Amelia Bell (poet & advocate)…
Amelia says: "My hope is that my poems hurl minds into motion, creating swaying, breath easing, stress freeing."

This piece also has a poem by Amelia which takes my breath away -…
Niko Boskevik:
"Real change for spellers would be an understanding that we are not just competent but that many of us, even after gaining communication through spelling, are greatly underestimated..."

You can follow Niko on his fb:
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I don't even have energy to describe all the ways an "autism strategy", designed by a conglomerate of ableist orgs, including hate group autism speaks, which encourages dangerous practices that cause lifelong harm to kids in the name of "normality", is Bad News for #autistic ppl.
Heartbreaking to see so-called progressives celebrating the mockery of a process this has been.

The folks most effected, nonspeaking youth, were basically ignored in favour of non-autistic "clinicians and practitioners".
Because surely the people whose careers would get a boost from this strategy are the most unbiased "stakeholders" and should be considered the most important, not the actual people who've been living through this stuff every day because they ARE nonspeaking autistics.
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Easy fixes that schools can implement today to help their autistic students - a thread just off the top of my head.

If you're involved in edutwitter, please retweet into your circles.

1. Allow autistic children to leave lessons a few minutes early to avoid the rush of lesson changeover. These times can be awful from a sensory point of view. #autistic #education
2. Permit autistic children to use quiet, out of the way spaces during break times. Break and lunch can be the *most* stressful times of day for us, so allowing us to hide in quiet spots can be a lifesaver. #autistic #education
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It's still #AutismAcceptanceMonth and I'm today writing about the UK police and PACE requirements when investigating crimes.

PACE requires that vulnerable persons who are questioned have an appropriate adult with them. This is specified in PACE and the term appropriate

adult and the regulation's scope was expanded in July 2018.

However there is a worrying trend in some police forces to ignore this requirement, putting vulnerable people at risk of not having the protective factors that they should whilst in custody.

An #autistic person

is vulnerable and as such should have an appropriate adult with them. Who this person is very much depends on the individual, but it does not have to be a social worker, it can be a family member if that is the person that can be the most helpful in facilitating

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Being Autistic for me is so similar to having my invisible illness and being an ambulatory wheelchair user due to peoples judgements and assumptions about my disabilities and physical health.
#ActuallyAutistic #allautistics #AutismAcceptanceMonth #AutismAcceptance
(I’ve had 3 knee surgeries and will need a knee replacement eventually and I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and heart condition etc)
1. People say I don’t look Autistic.
People also say I don’t look sick or disabled. But it’s not something you can always actually physically see. You can’t see Autism just like you can’t see a lot of disabilities and physical health conditions.
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In my late 40's, seeing nothing in #NovaScotia for #ActuallyAustistic women, I started a group which has become a program.

The program expanded to the creation of a teen group as well.

Yesterday our teen group did a scavenger hunt in the Camp Hill Cemetery.

I developed the ++
activity. I provided a history, etiquette for while we were there, and the questions of what we were looking for.

One of the graves that I wanted them to find was Viola Desmond.

We did and talked about her activism and reflected on the changes she made.

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interesting headstones. Ones made of iron! Ones from the 1800's, Norwegian Merchant Marines, etc.

We had an amazing time!

I made them all giggle when I found this stone and covered the L 🤭
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I'm often struck by the disparities within the online #autistic community. Some are "making a fortune" or have huge audiences, seemingly "larger than life" while others (no doubt the vast majority?) are struggling, perhaps to barely hold a job. 1/
When differences in success/prosperity are pointed out with a non-autistic context, it's seen within a socio-political framework & advocating for greater social-economic equality. But pointing out these differences within an autistic context is often seen as bitterness. 2/
And yet whether it's the broader population or a smaller microcosm of that, these differences often come from the same roots and causes and cause less fortunate people to react in exactly the same way. 3/
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Hello folks!

This is @pinguicverse here.

I am going to start to slowly wrap up.

I am weaving all the threads we created this week.

Before I do that, I want to thank you all for your participation and engagement.

I have learned a lot from all of you.
Thank you admin for trusting me with the space and community you created with so much hardwork.

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