New Research Suggests Social Issues are Down to Neurotypicals more than Autistics

Intersectional Neurodiversity

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Autism is seen, in popular representations, largely as a social and communication disorder. Formerly framed as stemming from an autistic lack of a “social instinct”, the current dominant idea is that something is deficient or missing in autistic social cognition. Often referred to as a cognitive deficit in “empathy” or “theory of mind”, much research on autistic social issues has focused on trying to clarify and detect this inside autistic brains and minds. The search for an elusive broken “theory of mind module” or “empathy mechanism” in the brain, and its ensuing cognitive manifestations, however, has led to conflicting results – with some scientists even concluding that autistic people feel too much empathy rather than too little.

Another view is that this is not simply an individual neuro-cognitive issue, but rather a wider social problem. Against the idea that autistic people have too much or…

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Refusing To Fight (or Self Advocate): The Consequence

From my own experience functioning within the Autistic versus Allistic extended family dynamic- Autistics with their own families are prone to get hung up on the naïve romanticization and idealization of the value of extended family bonds, which are exploited by abusers who, in truth, care nothing about family. Our quiet, pensive, and reclusive nature …

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5 ways to meet neurodivergent children’s needs without using behaviour modification strategies.

Michelle Sutton

You can listen to this article by clicking here (link will open in a new window). Many thanks to Alex of The NeurodiveCast for recording this article.

In my article “Behaviour Management” I said,

There is a different way to support change in a child’s behaviour than imposing our own will over theirs. It begins with letting go of the temptation to manage behaviours, and replace it with the goal of meeting needs.

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Eyes Wide Open pt 3: Coming Out Of The Closet

COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET-- a confession and reckoning . I'm not proud to be Jewish anymore, though I am inescapably Jewish and must learn what that means each day. . There is great pain in being a conscious Jew when the paradigm has shifted, and the Jewish people now engage in that thing we …

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EYES WIDE OPEN. Pt 2: “Metamorphosis Of A Sensitive Person On The Internet”

White tiles and mildewed grout sweat from cold humidity. Soggy, newly-applied caulking begins to pop its seal from the base of the faucet. An empty Suave shampoo bottle and tube of cheap, hypoallergenic facial wash gather condensation on the edge of the tub. The window high on the shower wall looks out onto 101, the …

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EYES * WIDE * OPEN, pt. 1

This is an inaugural blog in an open-ended series that involves sensitive subject matter, the sort that gets blocked out in daily conversation, about the matters in daily life that the general consensus would rather avoid in one way or another. I want this series to relate to ethnicity, political bodies, personal reflections, culture, identity, …

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