Autistic Play is Appropriate Play

“Does your child play appropriately with their toys?” Apparently, this is a common question asked of parents if they’re kid is being assessed for autism. In this context playing “appropriately” means “playing with toys exactly as a neurotypical child would play with their toys.” That, and it is often pushed very hard for parents to … Continue reading Autistic Play is Appropriate Play

I am not a Pawn: Musings on Autistics in Autism Advocacy

Sometimes, doing autism advocacy as an autistic person feels like being trapped in the same old endless repeating plot. I put in effort to do the best I can to write good blogs, network with other advocates, prepare practice and give good speeches, point people to good resources, and watch out for myself and my … Continue reading I am not a Pawn: Musings on Autistics in Autism Advocacy

The Double Empathy Problem – A Paradigm Shift in Thinking About Autism

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