I don’t see a lot of autistic/neurodivergent headcanons for Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. Probably because despite being a best seller it’s not the most popular book series ever, plus the movie adaption (that I refuse to acknowledge exists) for it is a bit more popular at the moment, which is annoying since the book is so wonderful and the movie doesn’t even begin to capture that. But I didn’t come here to rant. It surprises me there’s not a lot of neurodivergent or autistic headcanons for this book because in so many ways this book is like one big metaphor for neurodivergence.
The peculiars are very, what I lovingly have deemed “spectrum-y” or “neurodivergent-like” They have Peculiarity, which is people born and wired with unusual gifts. These gifts are, well, gifts, but can also be disabling in many aspects; A blessing and a curse. It’s, in a lot of ways, like being born neurodivergent. It’s apart of how they’re wired, is the very core of who they are, and affects the way they think and process the world. It develops that way too, some people know right away, some people don’t know until later. Some people are born with their traits, others traits don’t start appearing until later. Some people don’t develop their peculiarity until something happens. But they’re all equally peculiar. There’s no such thing as “sort of” or “a little” peculiar, it makes up the core of who they are, not some of it. Peculiarity is a pervasive thing, and no part of who they are is untouched by it.
(Headcanons under the cut because it’s gonna be loooong. I tried to make this as short as possible, but I have no ability to write short posts, I tend to overexplain and write too much, plus I took this from a blog post I did on representation and adapted it for my Tumblr, so… I did my best. Also since there’s so many characters and I wanted to talk about each of their traits, it’s gonna be long by default. Like I said, I tried.)
(Also, if you disagree with autistic headcanons or this headcanon or anything I write just ignore this, and move on. I see people getting unnecessarily angry over these things and I just don’t get why people can’t just ignore it and let it go. I’m not hurting anyone. Just simply talking about characters and how I see them. When it comes to headcanons no one is wrong, ultimately the author is the one who knows what’s canon)
When I talk about my illness and it upsets my family
[Gif is from an infomercial. A family is at the dining table playing cards. The mom tries to pour soda out of a plastic bottle and ends up spilling it everywhere. While the rest of the family backs away from the mess, she shrugs and acts baffled as to how that happened. Lastly, a red X appears across the gif.]
I’m an above knee amputee and use a prosthetic to get around. On day I pull up to the grocery store and park in a handicap spot with paper tag in my rear view. As I “hop” out of my truck, this older lady approaches me and seems disgruntled. She then proceeds to yell at me that I am scamming the system because she cannot see anything visibly wrong with me. I tend to wear jeans a lot because that Texas life yo, and my gait is rather good. While she berates me with a sob story about how her 15 year old son broke his leg in football, I began to laugh. She asked me what’s funny about a kid breaking his leg, and I said “nothing. At least your kid still has his leg.” And I reached down and lifted my pant leg revealing my prosthesis. The look on her face was priceless.
—-OHMYGOD! 😱 The most awkward moment of that lady’s life! I’d pay to see her face.
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