asperger disorder

Auditory Processing Problems

• *someone says something* “what?” *repeats themselves* “sorry?” *repeats themselves again* “pardon?”

•"hey, y'see the red thing at the top of the shelf, will you get it?“ "Sorry, what?” “On the sh-” “oh yeah sure, I’ll get it.”

•*doesn’t hear teacher because someone’s pen is making a scratchy sound at the back of the room*

•*replays video 10 ten times to figure out what they’re saying*

•teachers asking, “why do you always stop writing in the middle of a sentence, just write down whatever I’m saying,” followed by the response, “I’m just processing it,” rebuked by, “we’ll stop processing it and just write.”

•*gets really focused on staring out the window and goes through four songs without hearing a single on*

Okay so just a little heads up:

If you work in retail, or somewhere else that require costumer service, please do not think that customers are being rude if they do not answer you.

That customer may have anxiety, selective mutism, or be autistic. They might not be able to talk or they may be too afraid to make small talk.

So please don’t call us assholes, shitheads, or bitches because we can’t make small talk at the counter. It’s probably not our fault.

Please dont make fun of an autistic person’s special interest. I don’t care how obscure their interest is. Their special interest could be a book written like 50 years ago, their special interest could be a cartoon, their special interest could be cooking, their special interest could be a singer, their special interest could be flowers, their special interest could be rabbits.

Whatever it is, dont make fun of them for it.

Okay but picture this: Hermione Granger is autistic.

Hermione Granger doesn’t care about straightening her hair. In fact, most days she doesn’t even brush it.

Hermione Granger communicates far better with Crookshanks than any human being, wizard or muggle.

Hermione Granger is “brilliant, the brightest witch of her age”, but cannot understand emotional forms of magic. Her low empathy prevents her from forming a connection with a broomstick, and understanding divination.

Hermione Granger knows everything there is to know about the wizarding world; magical literature and folklore are her special interests, after all.

Hermione Granger can recite a spell in 0.5 seconds flat, but can’t puzzle out a riddle to help her friend win the second event in the Triwizard Tournament.

Hermione Granger says insensitive things sometimes, but she doesn’t mean to hurt anyone.

Hermione Granger didn’t understand what it meant to be a “mudblood” until Bellatrix Lestrange carved the word into her skin.

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I made a webcomic strippy thingy! About autistic spectrum disorder! And here it is!

I started this as my final project for 2D design last quarter and I just finished it yesterday while I had free time to work during my printshop internship. This comic is the culmination of dozens of hours of work, lots of frustration, a couple of tears, and an earnest desire to explain myself to other people.

Feel free to share this with others so that more people can learn about ASD!

Me: *wants to only speak when comfortable, make social plans surrounding situations that I know I can handle, spend more time by myself to try calm my anxiety, engage in special interests more, stop wasting energy on things I don’t enjoy and that deteriorate my health, stick to more schedules and have more continuity to help me stay focused and calm*

Also me: If I do any of that everyone will hate me and I’ll have no friends

  • Anti-Tumblrite: Autism is a mental illness!
  • Me, someone diagnosed with autism: Actually, it's classified a developmental disability, according to the CDC, the DSM-5, and the entire field of psychology. Autism is also one of the most well-known developmental disabilities, which typically involving delays of speech and socialization, primarily in children. Developmental disabilities differ from mental disabilities or disorders in a number of ways, and shouldn't be lumped together. Likewise, developmental disorders and mental illnesses thought processes and behavior in different ways, such as developmental disabilities usually being diagnosed in childhood, or under the age of 18, whereas mental disorders are usually diagnosed in adulthood. Additionally, these disabilities or disorders differ in duration and treatment. Developmental disorders are lifelong disabilities, whereas mental disorders may not be lifelong. While autism cannot be treated with conventional drugs or medicine, some mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression, can. Some patients may suffer from multiple conditions, including combinations of developmental disorders and mental illnesses. However, having autism doesn't always mean that a patient also has a mental disorder or disability.
  • Anti-Tumblrite: You just want to be a special snowflake! Stop saying, "autism isn't a mental illness, that's ableism, reeeeeeeeeeeee"!
  • Me, someone diagnosed with autism: *looks into the camera like I'm on the Office*
Why Mutants In X-Men Are a Great Analogy for Neurodivergents

I’m gonna look at it from an autism perspective but most of it applies to pretty much all neurodivergents, I think. :)

1. Autism is a mutation. Technically, we are mutants already.

What is a mutation? A variant form of a gene, which can be genetically passed on. 

What is autism at its core? A variation in brain thinking patterns and cognition which can be genetically passed on.

Ergo, we autistics (along with our neurodivergent brethren) are mutants.

2. They are misunderstood and judged based on their mutation.

How many times have you seen someone arrested for killing/trying to kill someone and they mention “Oh, he’s autistic” as if it had anything remotely to do with anything. 

How many times have you heard about how burdensome a child with autism is and how they’re such a burden that they’re the reason their parents break up.

How many times have you heard someone say that autistics are broken because they don’t “function properly”.

3. They are told their mutation needs to be “cured” even though the vast majority of mutants are against it.

Rogue: Is it true? That they have a cure?

Professor X: Yes, Rogue. It would seem so.

Storm: No. No it’s not, ‘cause there’s nothing to cure. Nothing’s wrong with any of us, for that matter.

———————-

Doctor: I just wanted to help you people.

Quill: Lady, does it look like we need to be saved?

4. They have to live in the closet out of fear of being treated differently if anyone finds out they’re mutants

There’s a reason why as soon as I was old enough to understand, my mom (who’s also autistic) taught me to NEVER tell anyone because they’ll treat me differently for no reason and judge me based on that 1 aspect of who I am rather than my actions and beliefs; that they’ll see me by my disorder rather than me as a whole person.

How many of us hesitate getting officially diagnosed based on the fear that it’ll affect our job prospects and/or relationships with people.

How many doctors don’t officially diagnose us because they’re “afraid it’ll have a negative effect”.

5. They have special abilities due to their mutation.

Heightened empathy, hypersensitivity, higher IQ, being able to break down highly complex systems in our minds instead of writing or drawing it out,  image/pattern/verbal thinking, being able to notice problems neurotypicals would never notice, etc  might not be as cool as flying or controlling the weather, but they’re special abilities nonetheless.

6. Their mutation is often a double-edged sword.

All our special abilities have their pros and cons, just just like the mutants’s powers.

theguardian.com
Why it's time to investigate the overlap between autism and ADHD
The most influential psychiatric handbook prohibited a joint diagnosis of autism and ADHD until 2013. But the link could be significant
By Laurence O'Dwyer

(AUTO) A really good Article.  The refusal to diagnose ADHD and ASD as comorbid most likely had something to do with my diagnosis when I was a child.  From the article “from 30% to 80% of patients with autism also having ADHD. More problematic still is the fact that patients with both sets of symptoms may respond poorly to standard ADHD treatments or have increased side effects.”

Wearable AI system can detect a conversation's tone

It’s a fact of nature that a single conversation can be interpreted in very different ways. For people with anxiety or conditions such as Asperger’s, this can make social situations extremely stressful. But what if there was a more objective way to measure and understand our interactions?

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Institute of Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) say that they’ve gotten closer to a potential solution: an artificially intelligent, wearable system that can predict if a conversation is happy, sad, or neutral based on a person’s speech patterns and vitals.

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Daydreamers?

Okay so I see a lot of posts on the actuallymadd tag about your daydreaming life and basing it off fiction and fantasy…but does anyone else had very “mundane” daydreams? Like detailed, with a few idealised aspects… but very normal, in terms of everyday life? Idk just wondering

A meltdown explained from the inside. Store, loud, crowded. People, clients, talking loud, don’t understand. Can’t make out words. Doesn’t make any sense. I’m talking but I don’t know what I’m saying. I’m pacing. I forget what I’m supposed to do. He’s yelling at me. He looks angry. I give up. Ask for help. I escape before it’s too late to keep the stimms in. I’m rushing to the staff’s restroom. As soon as I lock the door I cry, I tap my head with my right fist. I’m rocking and balancing. I’m out.
When I finally get out 20 min have passed. I need to leave. I can’t hold it in. It’s Sunday. Can I find a doctor ? It says only emergency on Sunday. Is it a emergency. I’m rocking, Hyperventilating and crying. Is it an emergency ? I call. I say I’m having a melt down but I don’t know if it’s an emergency. She says it is. Come at 2:30. Building’s code is 5983
5983 5983 5983 5983 5983598359835983

WELP guess who just now found out that what theyre going through is an actual Thing™ and copy-pasted an ironically adhd unfriendly post about it off wikipedia. bolding is mine, just skim the bolded parts to see if this is something that you wanna read. 

Twice exceptional

The term twice exceptional, often abbreviated as 2e, has only recently entered educators’ lexicon and refers to intellectually gifted children who have some form of disability. These children are considered exceptional both because of their intellectual gifts and because of their special needs.

A 2e child usually refers to a child who, alongside being considered intellectually above average, is formally diagnosed with one or more disabilities. The disabilities are varied: dyslexia, visual or auditory processing disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, sensory processing disorder, autism, Asperger syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, or any other disability interfering with the student’s ability to learn effectively in a traditional environment. The child might have a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or diagnoses of anxiety or depression.

  • They might complete assignments but lose them or forget to turn them in.
  • To the parents and teachers observing this behavior, it may seem that the child just isn’t trying. 
  • In fact, many 2e children work as hard if not harder than others, but with less to show for their efforts. 
  • This struggle to accomplish tasks that appear easy for other students can leave 2e children frustrated, anxious, and depressed. It can rob them of their enthusiasm and energy for school and damage their self-esteem. 
Autism Awareness vs Autism Acceptance

The notorious organization Autism Speaks has elevated the month of April as Autism Awareness Month.  I have found over the past few years since self- diagnosing with Asperger’s Syndrome, that I strongly prefer the idea of Autism Acceptance. One small word could change your whole outlook when it comes to supporting your friends and family members on the spectrum.

When I hear of things like Breast Cancer Awareness, Epilepsy Awareness, or see the myriad support ribbons for things like hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, all kinds of cancers, thousands of diseases, and recognition for the survivors of these conditions, the farthest thing from my mind is neurodiversity. These conditions present health risks in and of themselves; autism presents no concurrent life-threatening illness.

Neurodiversity is not like the rest of these diagnoses. There was no “autism virus” that found its way into my body to wreak havoc on my sensory input preferences, or to attack my organs that are in charge of my social skills. My autism is not going to put me into cardiac arrest, nor are my autism cells going to take over the surrounding cells to form autistic carcinomas.

Autism is not a disease; it is simply a difference in brain structure, in mental abilities, and ways of thinking and experiencing the world. Of course, there exist what are commonly called “symptoms” of autism, and those can vary from making someone slightly different than a neurotypical person, to interfering with everyday functioning, to being downright painful to live with.  

The aforementioned conditions have, and need, awareness in the form of donations, support, and recognition to study causes and possible prevention. A large part of these recognized organizations receive enthusiastic support from the people affected by the condition, and their families. They regularly dialogue with the affected persons and use their funds to make these people’s lives better. Autism Speaks does none of these things: they have no one that falls on the autism spectrum in positions within their member panel, and seemingly ignore input from actual autistic people. Their mission is to lessen the suffering of the families of autistic individuals and to research ways to eliminate autism altogether, instead of bettering the lives of autistic individuals themselves and helping them become self-sufficient.

Autism Speaks, the idea of Autism Awareness (as opposed to acceptance), and the general idea that autism needs to be prevented, goes against what a large part of the autistic community thinks. There is a strong movement for Autism Acceptance—to recognize the better parts of the diagnosis and manage daily life with the struggles that come along with it. It is a movement founded by individuals affected by autism who insist that they are not simply a burden to be carried by the family members unlucky enough to have found themselves in the position to care for them. These people wish to be accepted a world that, on the whole, tries to place them apart from the “norm” and deem them incapable of offering anything worthwhile to society.

For me, Autism Acceptance means seeing me as I am, with my positive aspects as well as my faults. It means supporting me when times are too difficult for me to even try to reach out; it means sharing my happiness even if it seems trivial to you, and especially if I don’t express it as overtly as you would like me to. Acceptance means understanding that my symptoms are not something I can control, but that there are ways to accommodate my needs. Seeing, understanding, and recognizing my specific requirements lets me function the best I can, and in turn, utilize my own skills for the benefit of everyone.

To accept my autism is not to simply tolerate my differences, but to recognize that underneath the mask I wear to “fit in” is an individual who is just as valuable to society as you are.