So…Why Can’t I Use Autism As An Excuse?

Wonderful post! I can totally relate 😊💗🌷

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Ok, ok, I get it! Really, I do. I cannot — probably must not — use autism as some sort of an excuse.

And I do admit that I have tried to do exactly that, at least a few times in the past year since being diagnosed. One of the more consequential of these took place early last Summer when I tried to explain to a family member why I had recently been fired from my previous job. I’ve lost count of how many times in my life I’ve either gotten fired or quit a job because I knew if I didn’t it was only a matter of time until I got fired. And among the people who know me well enough to know that story, I’m really something of a record holder in that regard. When I started explaining to this individual that I have a hard…

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License To Weird: Autism As Credential

Beautifully said! 👏🏼👏🏼😊💓

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Colombo showing ID badge. Image found here.

I suppose I should admit that I see my recent autism diagnosis as some sort of credential, like having a master’s degree. In my daydreams it’s like I’m a detective with a special ID badge that I can whip out whenever I get weird (hey, it can happen):

“Ok, ok, NOBODY PANIC! Everything is under control. I am a trained professional….”

At the very least I hope that letting people know that I’m autistic will reassure them in these situations, maybe help them cope better with some of my odd behavior, where by “odd” I might mean — depending on the situation — anything from endearingly quirky to f***ing rude. Especially in certain kinds of high-stress situations involving interpersonal conflict I know I can get quite cranky and irritable, which is a nice way of saying that sometimes I can act like a real A-hole, and…

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Why daily routines are good

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Hey readers,

I love having a daily routine. There are times in my life where things happen such as Christmas where that routine goes out of the window. During these times it really makes me appreciate a routine even more. I literally pine after that routine and get itchy feet to put down a to-do-list for the day.

A journal open to a blank page on a table with three pens and an eraser

Here are some positive reasons why having a daily routine can be really beneficial to you.

Because it creates automatic habits over time that you don’t need to think about. Therefore, leading to not having to use your time to think about it means you are being more efficient to do other things.

Less need to plan when you have a regular routine because you subconsciously just do it, in turn, leads to healthy habits that you automatically do over time.

Routines help creates motivation to keep going because you can see…

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A Long Love of Reading

I can relate! Reading is a perfect solitary activity 😁 Stephen King was one of my faves (in adolescence and early adulthood), too! 👏🏼❤️

Neurodivergent Rebel

IMG_5037I started reading and speaking at about the same time. Letters and words read to me by adults became a magical fixation. Entranced by their power, at the age of one and a half, I was determined to harness the pictures for the words that adults used.

The books had pictures and were made of cardboard. The best audio books came with cassette tapes and had a voice or beep that told you when to turn the page, allowing me to more easily follow along. Goodnight Moon was one of my favorites. I’d listen to the words, following along in my book.

Listen to a book, follow along, rewind, repeat. Over and over, memorizing the words. Each word a little picture. I was reading but not phonetically. Deciphering the code, little by little. I started with easy words like dog, cat, and god (sometimes mixing up dog & god).

To entertain myself…

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Breaking The Stereotype Challenge

So much, this! 👏🏼👏🏼. So many stereotypes persist in the world, regarding so many different conditions and variations. Although my own energy is lacking right now, I thought I would at least share this with my lovely peeps! As I get my energy back, I’ll write one up, too 😁❤️

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Thebeatwithkey Presents – Breaking The Stereotype Challenge

The Amazing THEBEATWITHKEY has created a new challenge for the blogging community. I am honored to take a part in this. The goal of this challenge is to change the world by breaking all stereotypes. Just one person alone cannot do this because unfortunately, there are a countless amount. There are racial stereotypes, beauty stereotypes, body stereotypes, mental health stereotypes and many more. Since it would be really hard for one blogger to tackle all of them by their self, lets decide to make it a challenge. Team up with other bloggers to break these stereotypes. Link to the site that challenges you and challenge five new bloggers to join in. When responding to this challenge the rules are simple. Non- WordPress bloggers can also get in on this. The rules will be at the bottom.

Rule # 1-

Follow my blog

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Autism and Human Evolution

Yes! I love posts like this that explain fascinating information. Awesome piece! 👏🏼👏🏼🤗💖

An Intense World

Although some traits of autism can be observed almost at birth (since we now know what we’re looking for), it is notable that it becomes most obvious around the age of two. This is, perhaps not coincidentally, when the first round of synaptic pruning and massive cell death occurs. This massive change in the developing toddler’s brain is why two-year-olds go through the “terrible twos.”

It is also notable that autistic brains show a lack of synaptic trimming. This results in an over-connected brain. Temple Grandin in Thinking in Pictures notes that autopsies of autistic individuals shows brains that look immature, particularly in the cerebellum and the limbic system, and that EEG scans show brain waves more typical of a 2-year-old’s (50), causing her to suggest that “autism is caused by immature brain development” (54).

If you think about it, if we were to understand the autistic brain as…

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Autism Is Not An Intellectual Disability

Awesome post, great points made!! If y’all haven’t seen this blog already, I highly recommend it! 👍🏼😊👏🏼

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Portrait of Albert Einstein Evidence suggests 62% of autistic people have normal to superior intelligence. Although it’s too late to give Einstein a formal diagnosis, biographical evidence strongly suggests he was autistic. Image Credit: Pixabay

I’m wondering how common it may be for people to misunderstand autism as some form of intellectual disability. To the extent that someone were to misunderstand autism in this way, we might predict that he or she would find it hard to believe that a given autistic person actually has any sort of disability at all, given the lack of an intellectual one.

I suppose the argument would look something like, “Mr. Autistickish may have autism, but he clearly does not have any sort of intellectual disability, therefore he’s not disabled.” Such a conclusion may seem especially warranted if the skeptic believes the commonly held false belief that mere intellectual prowess (a.k.a. “intelligence”) — is the beginning and end…

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