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I'm not QTing this to dunk on this person, it's just that this feels like very "neurotypical" advice.

I joined Twitter in 2007. I wasn't formally diagnosed with #ASD & #ADHD until 2013, and 2019 respectively.
If not for Twitter, and the people I got to know here (particularly @XianJaneway), I may never have recognised #ADHD in myself enough to ask my psychologist the question.

If not for Twitter, I'd probably never have had my writing published, thanks to the wonderful @JaneTribune.
I've always felt most comfortable communicating via the written word. For me, Twitter took the place of instant messaging. Instead of @BaronFraser being the only one who had to suffer my awful sense of humour, I could share it with the world.
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@D_M_Clark_ In the 1960’s there were many dark and gruesome experiments as it were as you would know. But #psychology #psychiatry had significant standing. The standards across #publichealth have dropped. It’s important to note to the advisory body for Victoria (OCP) (Coventry)has no power.
@D_M_Clark_ 2/to act in favour or dissent over practices or possible new practices - even basic Jungian thought — or Freud frankly. @Headspace one of the few that are not coveting money and meds over patient health.
But back to OCP. Why have an Office Of Chief Psychiatrist without teeth?3/
@D_M_Clark_ @Headspace 3/ As you would also know, there is accountability of practice and practices by #law.
So advice via an OCP sounds fine?
Unfortunately like all areas of #Health someone has to supervise accountability and usefulness of treatments within those laws. @DanielAndrewsMP /4
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[thread: teaching methods / participation]

i see a lot of content this term about lack of/no participation, inactive engagement, silent classes... etc. my class is here to show you some alternate ways into participation that are multimodal, disability friendly and udl designed.
okay so i'll start with "there are SO MANY REASONS for quiet classes, including apocalypse time/covid time/tragedies happening literally constantly". so this is NOT A FOR-ALL METHOD and these will not work EVERYWHERE, ALL THE TIME. i'm not magic, i'm just a grad student lmao, SO:
in my mind, my classes aren't quiet because of the ways they've been invited to participate - and this of course starts with your "base building block", the syllabus. i wrote a WHOLE THING about just this component and it's free via sparkactivism.com/beyond-the-abi…

the tl;dr is next >
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at some point in life I realized that "a quantum of solace" was a meaningful phrase. it's not just a silly title to a Bond movie.

how did I learn that? how did I learn that it was possible to feel one (1) unit of solace? but somehow, I feel that way about solace.

~Chara
I think a great number of human traits and behaviors are, effectively, quantized. this shouldn't be as mysterious as it is. one suspects that there's been some deliberate obfuscation and commercial lock-down of information on human behavior and how it "scales".

~Chara
to take another example: the concept of "spoons", quantized units of get-up-and-go-feeling or however you want to put it, is widely accepted as valid in #neurodivergent and #disabled discourse. one can have zero spoons, or just a few—we feel these things intuitively.

~Chara
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I feel like all #neurodivergent people came out of the pandemic with no ability to mask anymore, no desire to, and if someone asks us to mask we just look at them like, "I'm sorry, am I living in an 1880s opera house terrorizing folks? No? Well then we shan't be masking"
Hey, so I could have chosen better language for this post. I mean neurotypical masking. Masking behaviors that would out us as ADHD or Autistic.

I still support the wearing of physical masks to protect others. If you are an antimasker, go fuck yourself.
Also, vaccinate you, vaccinate your kids and if they come out with vaccinations for your pets vaccinate them too.

It's 2022. JFC
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If a #parent of an #SEN child (esp autistic) presents as #anxious, high maintenance, needy, rude, full on or any of the other awful terminology used to describe them, what do you think might be *really* going on. Let’s unpack it 🧵

#Teachers #SENCO #Inclusion leads #SENtwitter
This is not a new topic. Parents have been talking about the difficulties of being labelled as overly anxious for many years.
So why does this keep happening?
2/🧵 #Teachers #SENCO #Inclusion leads #SENtwitter
Professionals don’t want to feel helpless. Difficult situations and lack of resources cause feelings of helplessness all around and it is easier to blame the most vulnerable and easy target. The anxious parent. 3/🧵
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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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DragonForge is a #storytellingnft. More accurately, we’re a brand that uses #NFTs to give our members special access and support.
We’re making an adventure show for teens that adults will love. #DragonForge is not your typical animation, because it is being created by our members
The #story follows a #Dragon named Ember & his friends as they find their way home after a magical pendant strands them in another reality. But what begins as a journey home turns into a quest to save their world…
Ember, Dryden, Kip, Seraphine, and Zora used to be close friends, until they were involved in an accident that changed their lives. As they piece together secrets about the present, they will uncover unsettling truths about their past that will once again test their friendship. Image
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"Much like a safe food, editors happen to rely on stereotypes: the little Sheldons, little Good Doctors, or little Rain Men in the stories they publish. But there’s a buffet of #autistic 'flavors,' a whole spectrum of tastes, out there that they’re missing."

A must-read! ❤️♾
"Part of this exclusion comes from there being hardly any openly #neurodivergent or #disabled gatekeepers in the industry. Yet at least one neurodivergent kid is learning in virtually every classroom in the country."

THIS.

ND and #autistic and disabled kids are EVERYWHERE.
I talk about this in my workshops and PD sessions.

#Autistic kids are everyone's concern! Every educator and librarian needs to know how to work with them.

And every school library needs diverse, authentic, and respectful books that reflect the reality of their lives.
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Much like when a Queer or trans person stays in the closet because they don’t feel safe, NeuroDivergent masking, or camouflaging, is defined as when a NeuroDivergent Person consciously, or subconsciously, masks or hides, their Divergent traits, in order to blend in.
We do it to keep ourselves safe. We do it because the world around us can be very hostile, and blending in is self-defense.
However… blending in can also feel like a slow death, putting yourself aside to pacify the expectations of other people, making yourself small, ignoring us our own wants and needs.
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Three things about autism I wish everyone knew:

• No two autistic people are alike.
• Autism doesn’t exist on a linear spectrum.
• Autism presents differently across genders.

#ActuallyAutistic #neurodivergent #AuDHD #AutismAcceptance
Embrace Autism has over a dozen self-assessments:

embrace-autism.com/autism-tests/
Three more things about autism I wish everyone knew:

• Autistic children become autistic adults.
• Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder present from birth and is highly genetic.
• Autistic masking accounts for many people being undx for years or decades.
#ActuallyAutistic
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The toll of undiagnosed neurodivergence - a 🧵

1/10

#ActuallyAutistic #Neurodivergent #ADHD
Growing up undiagnosed neurodivergent I internalized everything. I internalized all the negative messages I heard about myself:

⁃I’m too much, too loud, too talkative, too emotional

⁃I’m disorganized, lazy, aggressive, a poor listener, weird

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I learned to keep my thoughts and feelings inside because I didn’t have safe people to share them with. I felt like an outsider and that my world was precarious. I was always on the edge of being drummed out, found out, excluded, rejected.

3/10
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Last night I was genuinely struggling. I thought about calling a help line. I thought about what it would be like to permanently escape. I thought about my dogs, my sister, my mom, my husband.

I thought about my dearest friend, and the few close friends I have.

I thought ++
about how helpless I feel watching this planet spin more and more out of control every day.

I thought about how powerless I feel. How hopelessness is taking me over.

I thought about the weight of my trauma. If it could ever be untangled.

I thought about being Indigenous and ++
how that means everything to me, but I'm not not connected to my community. I thought about how my neurology and skin tone make that seem impossible.

I thought about my health and what covid has done to me and how scared I am.

All that thinking kept me awake till 5am.

Then ++
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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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#adhdtwitter #Neurodivergent :

I’d like to clarify, as a psychoanalytic I believe two opposing things can and do exist at the same time. ADHD neurodivergent brains, I can only speak to this and more specifically only to my own, is very difficult to have.
I struggle a lot because of it. Those struggles are very real and very hard at times. I also love my brain. I love the way I think about things, make connections between topics, see patterns others don’t, and bring a different perspective to professional groups.
Both exist, both are valid, neither cancels out the other. I honor both. When I’m having a hard day I feel all the difficult emotions and it absolutely sucks. When I have a success I feel so much joy and appreciation for the part of me that was able to do it.
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#adhdtwitter #Neurodivergent :

Just like a battery needs both the
positive and negative charge, I think we as a whole would do a lot better working together.
NT people love structure, linear points of reference, organization, and clear cut answers but struggle when things have gray area or are abstract.
ND people need some help with structuring that is supportive to how we say we function best but we literally live in the gray and can interpret the abstract.

Innovation could thrive within our society if there was space to find a balance and encourage collaboration.
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#adhdtwitter #Neurodivergent :

Society views ADHD as a disability due to our time periods not producing or being “distracted”.
What they don’t understand is the time spent inactive and bouncing around looking at various topics is actually the time and process needed in order to inspire and build up the energy for when we go all in.
When our hyperfocus hits we can complete things at a quicker rate and from a new perspective that could not have been imagined without the phase of what appeared as inaction prior. It’s not a disability, it’s a natural cycle of rest, exploration, inspiration, and creation.
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#Neurodivergent #adhdtwitter :

Not knowing you’re neurodivergent until adulthood is followed by years of unlearning your social conditioning of how you “should” be and “should” function.
You’re now fully grown scrambling to find out who you actually are and what truly supports your functioning. The number of masking layers is completely unknown and no one else will be able to help you see it or even properly describe it to speed up this process.
You shed like a snake. Peeling back all the layers that have been acting as a weighted blanket. It was comforting to conform, an attempt to secure emotional safety, but its been slowing you down and holding you back from the natural rhythm that will lead to the calm you deserve.
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Time for this regular reminder: if you have persisting "untreatable" anxiety/depression, consider exploring and ruling in/out a #neurodivergent condition that you weren't aware of, such as #ADHD or #Autism.
The anxiety and depression aren't direct "symptoms" of those conditions BUT if you have unmet needs because you don't KNOW what you need as you have no diagnosis, this is what usually shows up in later life. It's what happened to me. #ADHD #Autism
The good news is that - once you've processed everything - the mental health stuff can reduce or go away. I am not depressed and I am so much less anxious now, and I can manage it better as I understand myself better.
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