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

The Autism “Elevator Pitch” and Other Thoughts On Talking 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

Understanding Echolalia and 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

An Autistic Review and Analysis of “Loop.” – A Breath of Fresh Air for Positive and Accurate Autism Portrayal

Last month, I wrote a post about my excitement regarding an upcoming Pixar short film called "Loop." Well, the film has now been released (or more accurately, was released a few weeks ago) and I thought I should watch it and do a little review here. I recommend you read my original piece on "Loop" … Continue reading An Autistic Review and Analysis of “Loop.” – A Breath of Fresh Air for Positive and Accurate Autism Portrayal

(Satire): An introduction to Allism

Few things irritate me more than the way autism is often written about on the internet, on pamphlets, and presented in news stories. These “introductions to autism” are frequently full of incomplete, outdated, or just plain wrong information on top of stereotypes and myths galore. They talk about autism as if it were some sort of disease that … Continue reading (Satire): An introduction to Allism