The Cognitive-Behavioural Interpretative Isolationism of Intellectually Proficient Kanner’s & Asperger’s Autism (IPKAA)© Part 3 – The Myth of “Weak Central Coherence”

Part 3 – The Myth of "Weak Central Coherence" (Rev.) Romulus Campan FdScMH, LTh (Hons), CertEd, QTS, PgCert Special Psychopedagogy, PgCert Autism & Asperger’s 'Frith (1989) attempted to sketch out the preliminary theory that one deep underlying cognitive deficit in autism has to do with a lack of coherence. In other words, autistic people lack … Continue reading The Cognitive-Behavioural Interpretative Isolationism of Intellectually Proficient Kanner’s & Asperger’s Autism (IPKAA)© Part 3 – The Myth of “Weak Central Coherence”

The #autistic lives of pines…

I was born in Northern Transylvania's Maramures, at the feet of majestic mountains, covered by ancient, noble forests, with their trees as brothers to us, and sisters. Strong beeches, venerable oaks, solitary pines, imbued with the crystalline waters of pure streams … It's the pines which fascinated my people for millennia, giving us our cradles, … Continue reading The #autistic lives of pines…

Tenth of Asperger’s Ten Traits – Functioning nearly executes us…

"10) We have difficulty with executive functioning. The way we process the world is different. Tasks that others take for granted, can cause us extreme hardship. Learning to drive a car, to tuck in the sheets of a bed, to even round the corner of a hallway, can be troublesome. Our spatial awareness and depth-awareness … Continue reading Tenth of Asperger’s Ten Traits – Functioning nearly executes us…

Ninth of Asperger’s Ten Traits – “Feelings and other people’s actions are confusing”

"9) Feelings and other people’s actions are confusing. Others’ feelings and our own feelings are confusing to the extent there are no set rules to feelings. We think logically, and even though we are (despite what others think) sensitive, compassionate, intuitive, and understanding, many emotions remain illogical and unpredictable. We may expect that by acting … Continue reading Ninth of Asperger’s Ten Traits – “Feelings and other people’s actions are confusing”

Eighth of Asperger’s Ten Traits – “Trapped, […] pretending to be normal”

"8) We are ourselves and we aren’t ourselves. Between imitating others and copying the ways of the world, and trying to be honest, and having no choice but to be “real”, we find ourselves trapped between pretending to be normal and showing all our cards. It’s a difficult state. Sometimes we don’t realize when we … Continue reading Eighth of Asperger’s Ten Traits – “Trapped, […] pretending to be normal”

Stimming (Self-stimulatory Behaviour / Repetitive Stereotyped Activity) – 1

In her seminal book "The Autistic Spectrum" (1996), Lorna Wing, OBE, FRCPsych, described what she identified as Repetitive Stereotyped Activities, to be "the other side of the coin of impairment of imagination" (pg. 45). The Autistic community has come to embrace the term stimming (as the shortened form for self-stimulation), which unfortunately acknowledges only one … Continue reading Stimming (Self-stimulatory Behaviour / Repetitive Stereotyped Activity) – 1

The “mens sana in corpore sano” War Against Autistics, Dyslexics and Dyspraxics…

(Multiple Trigger Alert: Accounts of Abuse and Humiliation Against Autistics, Dyslexics, Dyspraxics!!!) Please don't be offended by this post if you're an athlete or someone else who believes in what I consider to be the myth of "a healthy mind in a healthy body"… Because while I don't mind at all if you earnestly believe … Continue reading The “mens sana in corpore sano” War Against Autistics, Dyslexics and Dyspraxics…

Sixth of Asperger’s Ten Traits – “We have feelings of dread about even one event on the calendar”

"6) We seek refuge at home or at a safe place. The days we know we don’t have to be anywhere, talk to anyone, answer any calls, or leave the house, are the days we take a deep breath and relax. If one person will be visiting, we perceive the visit as a threat; knowing logically … Continue reading Sixth of Asperger’s Ten Traits – “We have feelings of dread about even one event on the calendar”

Stimming vs Fidgeting…

I personally think it is unfortunate that many NDs have so easily accepted that stimming is "just" the autistic version of fidgeting, because as I see it, the difference is actually neurobiological. The problem starts with wrongly associating stimming with anxiety relief, concentration and other similar, secondary types of human behaviour, because while fidgeting does … Continue reading Stimming vs Fidgeting…

Fifth of Asperger’s Ten Traits – “… people aren’t as open or trusting as we are”

"5) We learn that to fit in we have to “fake” it. Through trial and error, we lost friends. We over-shared, spilling out intimate details to strangers; we raised our hand too much in class, or didn’t raise our hand at all; we had little impulse control with our speaking, monopolizing conversations and bringing the … Continue reading Fifth of Asperger’s Ten Traits – “… people aren’t as open or trusting as we are”