Dino Brain and Panic Monkey vs the Air Traffic Controller – The importance of feeling safe

Image by John Hain from Pixabay As we talked about in the first post, keeping safe and secure is a very key driver for an autistic brain. Unlike an NT brain that is, for the most part confident that we are an apex predator, the autistic brain is less confident. While the reasons for this … Continue reading Dino Brain and Panic Monkey vs the Air Traffic Controller – The importance of feeling safe

Still unusual: A reflection on adulthood as an unidentified Autistic

By Gabi Compton CW: bullying, trauma, ABA  Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay The story begins in June 2015. I’m in America, meeting the founder of a comedy fundraiser which I’m hoping to bring to Britain. In the founder’s back garden, I have a Damascene moment where I recognise my lifelong divergence from social codes, cues, norms, niceties, … Continue reading Still unusual: A reflection on adulthood as an unidentified Autistic

The Communication Barrier – When Cultures Collide

As I said in my first post in this series, there are three fundamental areas that need to be understood to provide effective support. Processing, Sensory Profile including Proprioception and Interoception, Communication and Social Interaction. Of the three, I believe that it is communication and social interaction that are most misunderstood. Autistics are portrayed as … Continue reading The Communication Barrier – When Cultures Collide

The Wizard of Aut’s Alternative Autistic Dictionary – Edition 4

Believing  Meaning here’s what you say when someone doesn’t believe you’re autistic. "Of course you don't believe me. It's a hidden disability. Why should you believe me, when you're not the one living it? How about we return to this conversation when you're ready to believe me? Without your belief, this conversation has nowhere to go. … Continue reading The Wizard of Aut’s Alternative Autistic Dictionary – Edition 4

Awareness, Performativeness and Irony in the Autism Narrative

By The Autistic Advocate I’ve just finished reading John Harris’ article in The Guardian framed around the theatrical version of ‘The reason I jump‘, Naoki Higashida’s famous book about his Autistic experience. You can find the article on The Guardian, entitled “Enough ‘autism awareness’. The necessity now is action.” and I do recommend you read … Continue reading Awareness, Performativeness and Irony in the Autism Narrative

The Wizard of Aut’s Alternative Autistic Dictionary – Edition 3

A – Accepting Meaning other autistics are up for being my friend – they’re accepting of my autistic expression, just as I am of theirs. NTs will accept me as part of their group or as a collaborator on a project, but are reluctant to hang out with me 1:1 – be my friend. B … Continue reading The Wizard of Aut’s Alternative Autistic Dictionary – Edition 3