This has been such an amazing week for autistic representation. First they introduced Julia, a puppet with autism, to Sesame Street. Now I find out that one of the new Power Rangers has autism too! My 5 year old cousin is autistic and a superhero junkie. I’m so proud he’s going to have someone just like him to look up to now.
Do you ever feel like you have no words for yourself you just steal expressions from people and alter the order Like yeah it’s a 100% valid method of communication! But school saying ‘use your own words’ doesn’t help the bad feels towards it.
So…I got my official autism diagnosis today. Idk it feels nice to have someone validate me. Lol the psychologist said he knew right away that I was autistic. He said I’m not the mildest case he’s seen but I’m definitely not more severe. He said that I’m a little too much to be “Asperger’s” but like, obviously still pretty mild. I feel weird since my mom had a weird reaction to it but at least I feel validated and I know 100%. It was nice I didn’t have to take any tests he just did the interview and said I fit every criteria of the DSM-V perfectly. He also said he’s happy that I seem to have insight on my ASD and how it effects me.
Hello! My name is Lacey and I am a student at the University of New Hampshire. I am majoring in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Women’s Studies, and for my senior undergraduate thesis I am researching the experiences of women with autism. As you likely know, there has been far less research done in regard to how boys and men present with and experience ASD, as compared with girls and women. I am interested in the way that women with autism experience social-pragmatic communication (and I would be happy to tell you more about my research if you are at all interested).
I’m looking for people who would be willing to participate in my thesis. Requirements are that participants are 18+ and have a diagnosis of ASD; participation would involve a 30-60 minute interview that could take place over the phone, Skype, or via some type of messaging system. (Participation will also be anonymous, and I am taking great care to protect participant confidentiality.)
Do you know of anyone who might be interested in taking part in this study? If so, I would be happy to provide you with my contact information, or tell you more about my research via tumblr.