In their own time and in their own way
Yes, to all of this.
Entertainer Jerry Seinfeld recently stated in an interview that “I think, on a very drawn out scale, I think I’m on the spectrum”. And from this was spawned a small faux controversy which, if anything, exposes the problems we face as a community due to a lack of understanding and unity from my own fellow autism parents.
If you wonder what I mean by that, parents of kids with the more obvious challenges presented by autism (children like mine, for example) are sometimes wont to get very defensive should autism stories be framed around anything other than the challenges faced by us as parents and by our kids.
It’s not a position I take and, in fact, it is a position that causes our communities a great deal of harm.
Let’s take a look first at what Mr. Seinfeld had to say. He was being interviewed not about autism but…
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Awesome and lovely all at once 🙂
We have no autism warriors in this house. We do, however, have Autistic Warriors.
As the neighborhood mothers and children gather at the bus stop two houses down, two Autistic Warriors wait for their bus.
Autistic Warrior the Younger runs in circles and cries “Wooo!”
Autistic Warrior the Elder smiles. “Ahhhh, such ferocity! He fights a brave battle against the anxiety of imminent school bus arrival!”
At the craft store, Autistic Warrior the Younger dons fearsome headphones to shield himself from the horrifying banalities of cashier-induced platitudes.
He fights a more formidable battle another day. The sour faces of judgmental and prejudiced shoppers sneer. They expect silence and order as they purchase their bananas and frozen Celeste Pizzas. To defeat them, Autistic Warrior the Younger unleashes his greatest weapon:
“Hello! My name is Tyoma. Would you like to know a bit about me? I have autism, Tourette’s and OCD. I could…
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Great list – great perspective!
This is about why aspies stim.
i do a lot of things, and they are here. This blog was one i wrote about it a while back. like now i have 2 new ones. i whistle which drives everyone mad.
and i tap a new patter rhythm really fast with all 5 fingers. i can’t stop it.
STIMMING and AUTISM
Mum saw this picture today, and thought it was good!
I didn’t know the word for some of the moves and things i do now and i used to do…but now i have it.
It has to do with sensory issues. And with everybody autistic there is either way to much sensory things happen and you have to block them out, or not enough and you have to do some!
- if i go into a quiet place…i turn on the TV and then i do whatever …
- i hum…
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There’s this meme among some autism and special-needs parents and groups, shared on social-media graphics and bumper stickers, in fundraising activities and chat sites, that we parents are, essentially, the most wonderful people in the world: self-sacrificing saints chosen by God to raise these children — that we, if not our children, are very special, indeed.
Autism parents are just like everybody else, though. There’s no reason to think we’re not a perfectly randomized selection and cross-section of parents generally and people generally.
Which isn’t to say we aren’t special and precious and divine. We are — just like everybody else.
We’re also flawed. We struggle sometimes. Some of us are kind, and some of us aren’t. Some of us are selfless, and some of us are self-absorbed. Some of us are good parents, while some of us are poor parents. Some…
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TRIGGER WARNING: This post discusses the prolicide of an Autistic child in frank detail and links to news stories covering both this case and others. The stories, as many dealing with this subject are prone to do, contain ample toxic ableism which this post dissects. The remainder of the post has been put behind a tag to protect people from accidental triggering. Proceed with caution.
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Ok first, let’s talk terms. In the autism world “scripting” generally refers to the practice of taking chunks of dialogue from places like tv shows or movies, and replaying them out (often over and over and over again) in real life. Sometimes it involves wanting other people to play a role in the script, to make a dialogue.
Frequently when I see people (particularly therapist types) talking about scripts, it is in terms of how you shouldn’t engage, shouldn’t participate, because that just encourages the behavior. Which, of course, carries the implicit assumption that there is something wrong with the behavior and we should ignore it until it goes away.
To which I ask – WHY??? What is so awful about scripts that we should just ignore them, regardless of the reason a person may be engaging in them, regardless of what may be communicated by them? It is because…
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