Today I'd like to talk about something I've mentioned several times before but I feel deserves a blog post all on its own. I'd like to talk about why it is that many autistic people have trouble initiating new tasks, and also sometimes simply switching tasks. Task Initiation Task initiation is exactly what it sounds … Continue reading Task Initiation, Executive Functioning, and Autistic Inertia
"What's my name, Quincy?" ... "Come on, we're in the same English class, how can you not know who I am?" This has become a common interaction for me at school recently, ever since it became widespread knowledge that "Quincy can't remember anyone's name." I get stopped a lot with people asking me the same … Continue reading Why I can’t remember your name as an autistic person.
"Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R.R. Tolkien That's the quote I wanted to use to begin this post because it's totally profound, and becomes even more so the more you think about it. Not only that, but it's totally true. Despite that though, I'll be totally honest with you, I do tend … Continue reading Autistic Wandering and Bolting
How many times have you heard something of the following sorts about autism? "People with autism lack social skills." "People with autism can't communicate appropriately." "Deficits in theory of mind is a core symptom of autism." "People with autism lack the ability to feel empathy." As you can tell from the person-first language, these statements … Continue reading The Double Empathy Problem – A Paradigm Shift in Thinking About Autism
Have you ever heard of an elevator pitch? In the marketing world, an elevator pitch is how you would tell someone about your product or company or idea if you had to explain it to them while riding on an elevator, so within fifteen or twenty seconds or so. It's intended to give the listener … Continue reading The Autism “Elevator Pitch” and Other Thoughts On Talking About Autism
Time for another installment in my "Understanding 'X' and Autism" posts, for all of those people out there trying to learn more and/or better understand their autistic friends and loved ones. For today's post, we'll start with a story. The scene is about two years ago, December of my sophomore year of high school. Every … Continue reading Understanding Echolalia and Autism
Ever since this blog started getting popular, I've had the opportunity and privilege to be able to become a resource for parents with autistic children. It makes me so happy that I can have this sort of influence, because I know that the more a parent understands about autism and the more positivity they have … Continue reading Sometimes my Heart Hurts for your Child