The Autistic Maelstrom …

In the new, updated edition of "The Autistic Spectrum" (2002), Lorna Wing offered on page 23 a brief history of the chaos which seems to continue to this day, surrounding risen and fallen efforts to decide the main, and sub-categories of what she identified as the Autistic Spectrum. In order to justify my statement, please … Continue reading The Autistic Maelstrom …

The importance of Asperger’s Syndrome as a unique clinical diagnostic category – I –

On page 1 of his fundamental summary of (Classic) "Autism and Asperger's Syndrome", S. Baron-Cohen (2008) lists as "Key Points" the two, overlappingly different subgroups of what has come to be known as the "Autistic Spectrum". "Classic autism and Asperger syndrome share two key features:          -Social communication difficulties          -Narrow interests and repetitive actions.  But they … Continue reading The importance of Asperger’s Syndrome as a unique clinical diagnostic category – I –

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…

It’s “official”, I am Actually Autistic…

Since my last post in June, (I hope 😊) you might have noticed my absence, with only some misty mentions of having been withdrawn in my academic shell, and some even more elusive 'reason' for delaying more new posts… The truth is that I have indeed managed to (I again, hope 😊) successfully complete the … Continue reading It’s “official”, I am Actually Autistic…

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…

Seventh of Asperger’s Ten Traits – “We simply feel like we’ve landed on the wrong planet”

"7) We are sensitive. We are sensitive when we sleep, maybe needing a certain mattress, pillow, and earplugs, and particularly comfortable clothing. Some need long-sleeves, some short. Temperature needs to be just so. No air blowing from the heater vent, no traffic noise, no noise period. We are sensitive even in our dream state, perhaps having … Continue reading Seventh of Asperger’s Ten Traits – “We simply feel like we’ve landed on the wrong planet”

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…