#VirtualDogWalk

It was so windy today we went up to the hills in my tiny Toyota, not the high-top campervan.

It was bitterly cold but sunny with some lovely cloud reflections.

#walking
#rambling
#CountyDurham

1/ Clouds reflected in the rear window of a car.
Izzy wasn’t bothered by the cold or wind, being up here always seems to exhilarate her.

I was glad to be wearing my eBay bargain £6 salopettes.

#April
#BorderTerrier
#DogsOfTwitter

2/
We got almost to the halfway point of our walk when the weather started closing in.

Time to begin heading for home.

#springtime
#AutisticJoy
#SensoryJoy

3/
The snow was getting closer.

The distant hills were disappearing.

We stepped up the pace a bit as we were still some way from the car.

#CountyDurham
#NEEngland
#UKSnow

4/
When the snow reached us it was tiny ice pellets.

The wind blasted them into us with quite a sting.

4/
It just goes to show how quickly the weather can change up here.

Sunny one minute, snowing the next.

We were forward to getting back to the car by this point!

5/
Not far to go now, thank goodness.

Izzy is valiantly leading the way.

I think she might have sussed the next stop’s #KFC!

#AutisticJoy
#AllAutistics
#ActuallyAutistic

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8 Apr
#VirtualDogWalk

There were three of us out walking today, because it seemed churlish to leave my partner behind on our wedding anniversary.

We found a footpath leading down to a small reservoir.

It was a bit like being by the sea with the waves rolling in.

#DogsOfTwitter

1/
We decided to walk the whole of the service road around the edge of the reservoir.

We weren’t far from one of our usual walks, but it was good to have some different views to look at.

#walking
#BorderTerrier
#DogsOfTwitter

2/
The rain caught up with us part way round but Izzy didn’t mind.

She has a lovely warm undercoat and her top coat is water resistant.

A good shake now and then and she’s happy.

The moss and lichen on the old stone wall were beautiful.

#rambling
#footpaths
#CountyDurham

3/
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8 Apr
#Thread

A-Z of autism from a personal autistic perspective

‘G’s (from gatekeeping to gratitude).

#AutismAcceptanceMonth
#AutismAcceptance
#AutisticPride

1/
I completed a research questionnaire the other day about my experience of autism assessment and post diagnostic support.

Two years on, it was interesting to look back on what got me through the process.

I was supposed to seek referral via my GP, but I hadn’t the energy.

2/
For those of us who weren’t recognised as being autistic when we were younger, it’s often some kind of life crisis that generates the impetus to seek autism assessment.

But ironically, just when we need to be able to articulate our difficulties, we may struggle to do so.

3/
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7 Apr
#Thread

A-Z of autism from a personal autistic perspective.

‘F’s (fascination, focus and functioning)

#AutismAcceptanceMonth
#AutismAcceptance
#AutisticPride

1/
What stands out to me about my childhood was how fascinated I was by everything.

I often remained incredibly focused on activities for long periods of time.

Until I got my autism diagnosis, two years ago, it hadn’t occurred to me that this might be seen as ‘dysfunctional’.

2/ Small child with bobbed hai...
Fascination and focus have been functional for me in career terms.

They have also helped me bond with people I love.

I prefer fairly serious forms of ‘fun’.

And I find deep conversations more fulfilling.

My ‘focus’ doesn’t seem ‘hyper’ to me.

It’s part of the way I am.

3/
Read 30 tweets
6 Apr
#Thread

A-Z of autism from a personal autistic perspective.

‘E’s - enlightenment and emancipation.

#AutismAcceptanceMonth
#AutismAcceptance
#AutisticPride

1/
When I discovered I was autistic, just over two years ago, my emancipation began.

It was enlightening to realise why so many aspects of life had been effortfully exhausting.

Even lovely, enjoyable events could completely drain me.

At last I understood why.

#AllAutistics

2/
I had often had to ‘get out of’ social events that I feared I’d find overwhelming.

And employment in roles that required a lot of social interaction left me exhausted.

This made me feel really pathetic.

But now I had an explanation I understood and embraced these limits.

3/
Read 30 tweets
5 Apr
Because I love books, alliteration and #RachelJoyce I bought myself Miss Benson’s Beetle.

1/

#fiction
#paperback
#LifeEnhancing
The blurb at the beginning is beautiful.

#novel
#uplifting
#adventure

2/
There are even questions at the end.

Wish I was still running a
#ReadingGroup
#BookGroup
#BookClub

3/
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5 Apr
#Thread

A-Z of autism

From a personal autistic perspective.

‘D’ words (the disaster zone!)

#AutisticPride
#AutismAcceptance
#AutismAcceptanceMonth

1/
A lot of the D words used about autism are potentially damaging.

Deficit, disorder, developmental delay, dangerous, disaster.

We’re encouraged to feel a sense of despondency, to see ourselves as damaged goods.

Why else would people research ways to prevent or cure autism?

2/
The diagnostic criteria set out in DSM-5 evoke despair:

‘Deficits in social-emotional reciprocity.’

‘Deficits in non-verbal communicative behaviours.’

‘Deficits in developing and maintaining relationships.’

Replace ‘deficits’ with ‘differences’ and it transforms things.

3/
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