Dear, Parent, Presumably, if you are reading this it is because your child has recently been diagnosed with autism. Firstly, before you read any further, I want you to take a deep breath and relax for a minute. Take a few minutes to listen to what I have to say. There are probably a number … Continue reading To the Parents of a Newly Diagnosed Autistic Child…
"Autistic people hear everything at the same volume." Have any of you ever heard this? This statement is one I hear a lot, generally as a quick oversimplified explanation of one of the ways in which autistic people experience the world differently. I've long been turning this statement around in my head, dissecting it to … Continue reading Understanding Auditory Sensitivities in Autistic People – It’s not just about volume!
Autism is known for having a ton of co-occurring conditions that can go along with it, many of which are significantly more common in autistic people. For example, 80% of autistic people have an anxiety disorder. 30% of autistic people have some sort of seizure disorder. I don't have specific data on these next points, … Continue reading PSA: Stop Conflating Co-Occurring Conditions With Autism
There's been a little bit of a situation going on in the UK recently, though it seems that by now it has mostly resolved itself. A few weeks ago, the DVLA (a UK governmental organization that issues driver's licenses) announced that it was now requiring autistic people who had a driver's license to receive permission … Continue reading Autism and Driving
This post is an installment in an ongoing series in which I will post answers I have previously given to questions relating to autism. My hope is to provide quick and easy answers to common questions about ASD. This question and my answer has previously been posted on a question answering website. Questions: How can … Continue reading Q&A: What’s the difference between autism and Asperger’s Syndrome?
The autism world is full of statistics. People love to talk about prevalence rates, and correlations, and the percentage of autistics that can do this that or the other. It can get a little obsessive at times, though it never fails to bring forth all sorts of interesting data. There is, however, one autism statistic … Continue reading 40%? Think Again!
Spend enough time in the autism community, and you'll notice the popularity of the "functioning label." "I'm a high functioning autistic," people will proclaim. "My brother has low functioning autism," people will say. You could also put talks of severity in this category with "My son is only mildly autistic" or when people ask "how … Continue reading The Fallacy of Functioning Labels