Little Autism Things #144

Accidentally dressing smartly for a night out.

Originally posted by sik3rning

[gif of Richard Ayoade (wearing a suit) pointing to Noel Fielding (I don’t know what he’s wearing. A hundred ravens, probably. There are a lot of feathers.) and saying “I look like his legal adviser.”]

Bernie Sanders may not look fabulous but Bernie Sanders’ heart, mind and polices are COMPLETELY FABULOUS!

Hillery Clinton has admitted to taking bribes that cause countries to go hungary (Supporting Mansanto) and to no longer supports national healthcare. I am a democratic woman and I am against Hilary Clinton. I will not vote for her.


This blog supports Bernie Sanders for the 2016 presidential election.

#win Bernie win


#college should not be a debt sentence



#socialism is in

anonymous asked:

When I first talked to my doctor about potentially having ADHD, he gave me a sort of questionnaire thing with ten questions. I was a bit uncertain because it was titled "Autism Spectrum Disorders" and while some were clearly focused on ADHD ("I struggle to focus on two or more tasks at once") some of them were clearly for other parts of the spectrum ("I find it hard to read people's emotions just from their expression"), is it common for ADHD and ASD to be examined together like this?

Here are some possibilities:

  1. The doctor accidentally gave you the wrong form.
  2. The doctor only had ASD forms available at the time.
  3. The doctor wanted to do a differential diagnosis to figure out whether you have ADHD or ASD.

None of these reasons necessarily means that the doctor thinks you’re autistic instead of ADHD. You’ll have to wait for his diagnosis to find that out.

I will say that the last person I saw to evaluate my ADHD meds was a nurse practitioner who usually works with autistic patients. She was already seeing my brother, and she was willing to make me her patient as well so I wouldn’t have to wait months for an appointment with a different psychiatric specialist at the clinic. All the pre-visit forms the clinic gave me were about autism. I felt slightly like an imposter when I filled them out, which was a silly thing to feel given the circumstances.

ADHD and ASD are somewhat similar, and clinicians who are interested in one are often also interested in the other. It’s probably fine.


What people think of when you say ‘the autism spectrum’:

What the spectrum actually looks like:

The black and white dots represent a random autistic person’s particular combination of abilities on any given day. Everything is really convoluted and blurred because all of those major groups I put on there kind of bleed into one another at times. And none of these points are necessarily negative.

Point is, the spectrum is not a line on which a person is born onto and remains at a certain position. It is a complex group of abilities and issues which change for every autistic person, every day, multiple times per day, depending on the situation they’re in. There is no such thing as ‘mild autism’ or ‘high-functioning’ autism, and those labels are actually inherently ableist.

(Also please note that all instances of ‘normal/correct/incorrect’ are to be taken with a grain of salt as what neurotypicals consider to be ‘normal’ is often a very narrow amount of what they consider to be ‘acceptable’ interactions or behaviours)


The forgotten history of autism.

people on my posts like

“There is a lack of support, social care and education for low-income Autistic kids….so we should cure them”

like how do you make that leap of logic, how do you look at the way society treats us and think we are the ones who need to be changed, how disgusting are you???


Hi everyone!!!

Please reblog this post and follow at least 5-10 other blogs that are in the notes and try to follow each other back!
(Must be autistic)
I thought this would be a great way for autistic people to find new blogs and make new friends :)

Any questions send me an ask :)

Most of us do have a sense of humour, though we tend to find different things funny. If we don’t laugh at other’s jokes, it’s probably because either we don’t find them funny (e.g. racist, sexist, or cruel jokes), we’re having trouble working out whether the person is actually joking, or we maybe didn’t hear the joke properly because of auditory processing issues.
—  From Penni Winter’s “Loud Hands & Loud Voices” in the book “Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking”

Longitudinal Brain Changes During the Transition from Adolescence to Young Adulthood found in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

A study published in the June 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry demonstrates that the atypical trajectory of cortical/brain development in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) extends well beyond young childhood and into late adolescence and young adulthood.

A considerable amount of work has focused on early structural brain development in ASD utilizing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This body of work has revealed evidence for brain overgrowth during the early postnatal years that appears largely absent later in development in ASD. Although several studies of cortical brain structure in adolescence and young adulthood in ASD have been completed, the vast majority has utilized cross-sectional (i.e., one point in time) designs. In one of the first studies to examine longitudinal (i.e., following the same subjects over time) cortical development in ASD during late adolescence and early adulthood, researchers found an exaggeration of the normal thinning of the cortex that occurs during this age range. Moreover, this increased cortical thinning was associated with greater executive function problems (based on behavioral ratings) and ASD social symptoms. This study suggests that the atypical trajectory of cortical/brain development in ASD extends well beyond young childhood and into late adolescence and young adulthood. More work is needed to understand brain development during the transition from adolescence into adulthood and beyond.


Forget what you know | Jacob Barnett | TEDxTeen

Jacob Barnett is an American mathematician and child prodigy. At 8 years old, Jacob began sneaking into the back of college lectures at IUPUI. After being diagnosed with autism since the age of two and placed in his school’s special ed. program, Jacob’s teachers and doctors were astonished to learn he was able to teach calculus to college students.

At age nine, while playing with shapes, Jacob built a series of mathematical models that expanded Einstein’s field of relativity. A professor at Princeton reviewed his work and confirmed that it was groundbreaking and could someday result in a Nobel Prize.

At age 10, Jacob was formally accepted to the University as a full-time college student and went straight into a paid research position in the field of condensed matter physics. For his original work in this field, Jacob set a record, becoming the world’s youngest astrophysics researcher.

His paper was subsequently accepted for publication by Physical Review A, a scientific journal shared on sites such as NASA, the Smithsonian, and Harvard’s webpage. Jacob’s work aims to help improve the way light travels in technology.

Jacob is also CEO and founder of Wheel LLC, a business he started in his mom’s garage, and is in the process of writing a book to help end “math phobia” in his generation.

Jacob’s favorite pastime is playing basketball with the kids at his charity, Jacob’s Place. It is a place where kids with autism are inspired every day to be their true authentic selves…just like Jacob.