Amen!! I experience this, too. In fact, I get irritated–*very* irritated–when I’m overwhelmed. This post describes everything much better than I could! Fabulous 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼❣❣
Interesting that which we notice and that which we overlook 😊 Excellent post, very well written 👏🏼👏🏼❤️
Most of the time I just am. I forget the people surrounding me and I just feel and experience the sensuality of existence. My secret life is lived in full view and I am oblivious to the reactions of those around me.
Being born with a disability, I suspect I’m noticed often. My disability is not crippling or painful. It’s not even terribly noticeable. A funny walk and a limp wrist is how it manifests. It’s so easy to parody and some people are acutely cruel in their observation and mimicry.
Some people think I walk this way because I am gay. I am gay. I also have cerebral palsy. I walk this way because this is who I am.
However I only notice the reactions of others when they intrude into my world. Most of the time I live in my world. I have my few friends and my…
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Eloquently stated, and absolutely correct 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. Great read!!
A few years ago I was at an autism conference in the quiet room, along with many of the other autistic delegates. We were having this great conversation. I hadn’t ever had such a good conversation with a group of more than a couple of people. Usually when I am in a group of people I don’t know when or how to ‘break in’ and either interrupt or sit there waiting for a cue which I never notice. But in this discussion there was an amazing flow of ideas and sharing of thoughts, We ‘got’ one another – not just with the topics we were discussing but it seemed at a much deeper level as well. At that point I realised that I knew how to speak a language that I hadn’t thought of before: I was ‘speaking Autistic.’ I imagined that if a neurotypical person came into this room…
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Yes, yes, YES!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. Employable Me is *not* just a faddish buzzphrase; it’s a reality! We make excellent candidates for a variety of positions. We just need to be given a chance 😊💖
Word is starting to get out that it makes good business sense to hire autistic people. Apparently, Microsoft is making a push to hire more people with autism. They have discovered that people with autism have capabilities neurotypicals do not, and that those capabilities are great for the bottom line. Who, after all, doesn’t want someone who can find 10% more coding errors than can the average population? (This, by the way, is why I’m a good editor and proofreader.)
It turns out that people with autism seem to have increased perceptual awareness, which makes us appear distracted or not able to pay attention, but which in fact means we are taking in more and more and more information. If this is also what is happening with ADD/ADHD, this would suggest that ADD/ADHD is on one side of Asperger’s like autism is on the other side of it…
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So cool! I love this concept ❤️. Excellent read, and great links, too! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
This!! Although I’m cool with being hugged (by a select few people with whom I feel comfortable, and not *too* often, and with just the right vibe…oh god I’m actually very picky! Lol), I can identify with and relate to so much of this post–practically all of it! A delightful read, as always! Excellent! Thank you! 💖💖
Trigger warning – although this post doesn’t mention any detail of abuse, it is about the dangers of teaching someone not to trust in their right to say no
From a young age I was taught three things:-
- The messages I get from my body are wrong
- Not wanting to be touched is wrong
- That I must override these feelings to be accepted
From encouraging an autistic child to give up a harmless stim (which may be helping them to cope with negative sensory information), to telling them that eye-contact doesn’t hurt (when it does translate to pain for some), or that hugs are pleasant physical contact (when they may be too much sensory information all at once) or that labels aren’t painful (when the feeling of being clawed at may be very real), navigating what will be believed as real, and what will be dismissed as silly or attention-seeking…
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience! I do something similar. I get very complex, especially when explaining something I’m knowledgeable about, kinda forgetting that most people don’t talk that way lol. Great post! 🌺🌺
I’d almost forget it, but this month, I’d actually intended to share my autistic experience for #Write31Days. I failed at the challenge, but that shouldn’t be an excuse not to share my experiences. Today, I’ll talk about speech and language.
I was originally diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome under DSM-IV. Asperger’s is basically autism without an intellectual disability or speech delay. The communication impairments criterion in autistic disorder does not appear in the criteria for Asperger’s. That doesn’t mean Asperger’s people don’t have communication impairments. I could’ve easily met the communication impairment criterion in autistic disorder if I’d been more articulate back when I was diagnosed in 2007. You see, I was asked to name examples of speech and language stereotypies I displayed and could come up with only one, which was dismissed. In truth though, my speech and language can be quite stereotyped.
The most noticeable form of steretoypical language…
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Yeah!! Some of my favorite movies and music in my childhood/adolescence are still my favorites to this day. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? 😉 This post sums it up perfectly! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼💖
Absolutely lovely post! I think so many of us, myself included, can relate to practically everything said here. The pedantism, the meltdowns, the loss of words…yep, this post sums it up! 💜💜
I often struggle to translate my thoughts into either speech or the written word.
Sometimes I lack the particular executive functioning powers required to organise and synthesise what’s in my mind, to present it to an external audience. At other times, the very fact that I have set myself the task of writing means that I have made a demandof myself. I have told myself I “must” write. And the moment my brain seizes upon the notion of the imperative, some inner refusal mechanism kicks in.
But very often, it’s something far more mechanical.
I found myself in a Twitter exchange a few months ago about how there are times when I’ll have phrases, sentences, paragraphs, and entire, in-depth arguments and treatises swirling around in my mind, only to discover that – when I attempt to commit them to the written form – they are not there.
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Omg a wall calendar made by one of our very own in the Asperger’s/autistic community for 2018! Rock on, this is gorgeous!!
Producing a photographic wall calendar has become a tradition for this blog, and courtesy of a magnificent offer at Vistaprint (25 calendars plus postage for £129) this year’s are now on order (eta with me October 25th). The rest of this post gives you a preview.
Most of the pictures for this calendar come from my Scottish holiday, so they do no relate to particular months. There are one or two exceptions as you will see.
This is the locomotive that pulled the Jacobite train when I travelled it.
The January picture features the Skye Bridge
This shot was taken on the journey from Plockton to Applecross – it was nominated by Oglach, who blogs at natriobloidi.wordpress.com
This classic stone bridge can be seen on the Isle of Skye.
One of the minority of pictures in this calendar that was not taken in Scotland.
Back to Scotland…
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