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Blog:Neuro Wonderful- What do you think about support labels for Autistics? (low-support, medium-support, high-support)

Blog:Neuro Wonderful- What do you think about support labels for Autistics? (low-support, medium-support, high-support)

Anonymous asked: What do you think about support labels for Autistics? (low-support, medium-support, high-support)

Hi, anon. I think that support labels have the same inherent problems as “high functioning”, “low functioning”, and the like.

I personally don’t support or use any kind of ranked/hierarchal/linear functioning or support labels. In my mind, they are so subjective as to just not be useful.

What is “low support”? What is “high support”? Where does “medium” live? Every person you ask will

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- Sex and Sexuality – Why does it matter ?

Blog:Pharaohs World!- Sex and Sexuality – Why does it matter ?

Apologies to anyone who saw the title and thought that someone had discovered a sequel to the Jane Austen classic “Sense and Sensibility” ..

But I want to talk about sex. 

Not graphically but sex in the context of how some people seem to be getting over excited about other people and what they do in their private lives. 

I’m heterosexual. 

And you know what ?. That isn’t important. It doesn’t make me better than

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Blog:Triple AAA- Words

Blog:Triple AAA- Words

I’ve been thinking about how I describe myself.  The words I’ve used, the apologies preceding them.  “I’m sorry, I’m behaving like a toddler.”  “I was very gauche when I went to university, really immature for my age.”  “I know this is stupid…I know I am stupid, but…”

What if I’m not behaving like a toddler, or being stupid, I’m just autistic?  A lifetime of bad words, derogatory words, apologies to myself and others because I

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Blog:Triple AAA- Who am I?

Blog:Triple AAA- Who am I?

I have been realising a lot of things over the last year or so.  About how I function (and how I don’t function).  And where my masks start and where they end.  And I’ve realised I’ve hung my self identity on pegs for years now.  In my twenties it was hard working career woman (that gave me a breakdown).  Hard drinking fun times person.  That ended in detox.  And in the last five years, recovering

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- Not only that, I broke his thumbs.

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- Not only that, I broke his thumbs.

I’m having lots of fun with the camp kids.  S. taught us a type of meditation that focuses on breathing earlier.  Then I taught them how to solder.  I understand now why people choose to be teachers of children as a career.  I’d like to elaborate but lack the words.  We’re going on a nature walk to talk about design tomorrow.  We’ve acquired three more kids whose parents work in the building.  They’re older (14,

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Blog:The Silent Wave- Distance

Blog:The Silent Wave- Distance

Discovering my autistic truth has not been a single cataclysmic moment, but rather, a series of enlightening ones.  The journey has not been without its twists and turns.  Many of these twists and turns have taken place under my nose, but also below my immediate consciousness.

In the beginning, when I was very young, I didn’t know how to be anyone but myself.  I didn’t know that I needed to mask and act in order

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Blog:Married: With Aspergers- On the Red Dot – autism

Blog:Married: With Aspergers- On the Red Dot – autism

Dawn-joy Leong, accompanied as always by her darling Lucy, speaks eloquently about autism and acceptance on a TV programme broadcast last week in Singapore.

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Lucy and I were featured on Mediacorp’s Channel 5 – On the Red Dot – last week, 21 July 2017. The programme was about autism in Singapore.

The full programme is at the Toggle site – though I am told that people outside of Singapore may

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Blog:Stranger Darker Better- Dear Little One, Part II

Blog:Stranger Darker Better- Dear Little One, Part II

(This is a continuation of Dear Little One dedicated to my beautiful niece)

Dear little one

We say goodbye

For far too long

And in too much pain

Dear little one

I watched you go

Back to the place

That some call home

Dear little one

I dry my eyes

Of tears shed

On your behalf

Dear little one

The journey will be hard

With many hills to climb

And many battles fought

Dear little one

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Blog:Losing It Slowly- Is this real?

Blog:Losing It Slowly- Is this real?

I read an article today on cracked where it made fun of people with self diagnosed Asperger’s, calling them “ass burgers” and saying how people latch onto this diagnosis cause it allows them to be spoiled brats and have everything be not there fault.  How its only real if you get a diagnosis.

I am sure, for some people that is true.  There are some people who will latch onto any passing fad.  What I

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Why We Are Not Puzzle Pieces – Renata Jurkevythz

Blog:Spectrum Women- Why We Are Not Puzzle Pieces – Renata Jurkevythz

So, let’s talk about the dreaded puzzle piece. The community of autistic adults is hurt by it because we perceive it as offensive. On the other hand, non-autistics who have autistic people in their lives, be it a family member, friend, colleague or client, consider it not harmful because it just represents their wish to “figure autistics out”. My goal here is to address both sides and explain why in the end it does hurt

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Blog:Neuro Wonderful- I am a parent to an 8 year old boy that just received a diagnosis of ADHD and Autism, high functioning. I am excited bit scared. Can you give me any advice on how to explain this to him?

Blog:Neuro Wonderful- I am a parent to an 8 year old boy that just received a diagnosis of ADHD and Autism, high functioning. I am excited bit scared. Can you give me any advice on how to explain this to him?

Anonymous asked: I am a parent to an 8 year old boy that just received a diagnosis of ADHD and Autism, high functioning. I am excited bit scared. Can you give me any advice on how to explain this to him?

I answered a similar ask a while ago, so I’m going to use that. It’s more specifically about autism, but you can adapt the same principals to apply to any neurodivergence.

“You know how

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Blog:The Silent Wave- Know thyself [Mental Health Monday]

Blog:The Silent Wave- Know thyself [Mental Health Monday]

There’s been a revival of the self-diagnosis debate as it pertains to the Asperger’s/autism spectrum on social media (three guesses as to which platform, but you’ll probably only need one).

I wasn’t surprised by who started it, but I am surprised by who agreed with them.

The topic is ridiculous–not that self-diagnosis/assessment/evaluation/identification (whichever word appeals to you) is ridiculous, but rather, that its validity is debated or even questioned at all.

People know how they

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Blog:Spectrum Women- BOOK REVIEW: The Chalk Rainbow

Blog:Spectrum Women- BOOK REVIEW: The Chalk Rainbow

The Chalk Rainbow – Deborah Kelly & Gwynneth Jones

Publisher: Exisle Publishing

Price: $24.99

Ages: 4- 8 years

Specifications: Hardback | 215 x 288 mm | Colour | 32 Pages |

Bundled with Teachers Notes Download Zone

Independent review by Linda Wemyss

The Chalk Rainbow, by Deborah Kelly (author of the Ruby Wishfinger series), and illustrated by Gwynneth Jones, is a story about Zane and his sister. Written in first person from the point of view

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Blog:The Aspie Teacher- The Destructive Nature of Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder

Blog:The Aspie Teacher- The Destructive Nature of Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder

**NOTE: this blog did not turn out as I thought it would. I thought it would be more about depression and grieving, but it ended up being about Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder, which is what inevitably caused my depression and grief by being the target of the person with the disorder.  My brain went analytical while writing this blog. A lot of technical jargon ended up being included, but in doing so, I feel a sense

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Blog:Neuro Wonderful- When you say you're Metis, do you mean you have a direct family and community relationship with a particular Metis nation, or are you using it in the colloquial sense of “a person whose ancestry includes some mix of Indigenous and European heritage”?

Blog:Neuro Wonderful- When you say you're Metis, do you mean you have a direct family and community relationship with a particular Metis nation, or are you using it in the colloquial sense of “a person whose ancestry includes some mix of Indigenous and European heritage”?

Anonymous asked: When you say you’re Métis, do you mean you have a direct family and community relationship with a particular Métis nation, or are you using it in the colloquial sense of “a person whose ancestry includes some mix of Indigenous and European heritage”?

That’s a fair question. I come from a Métis family. Growing up as a kid, before my mom was able to find her biological family (she was scooped), I identified

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Blog:Spectrum Women- The women who don't know they're autistic

Blog:Spectrum Women- The women who don't know they're autistic

Fabienne Cazalis, École des Hautes Études en sciences sociales (EHESS)

This article was co-written by Adeline Lacroix, who works with Fabienne Cazalis and was recently diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. A second year master’s student in psychology, she is working on a scientific literature review about the characteristics of high-functioning autistic women.

Let’s call her Sophie. The description we’ll give could be that of any woman who is on the autistic spectrum without knowing it. Because

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