Jason Lewis became the 1st person to circumnavigate the Earth without using motors or sails. He walked, cycled, inline skated 5 continents, kayaked, swam, rowed, & pedalled a boat across the rivers, seas, and oceans. It took him 13 years to complete, the 46,505-mile journey. sourcesource1
Not only does Lizzie love to get down and dirty at the skate park, but she also loves getting gritty with DIY projects. At US Open, we challenged Lizzie to transform a T-shirt with only a pair of scissors, and within minutes she made this rad shredded sleeve top. From jeans to shoes, we’re all about that deconstructed edgy look, so you can bet we’ll be making our own DIY Shredded T soon! Get the step-by-step instructions below.
How do you keep up with your almost 7 foot tall alien boyfriend without speed walking everywhere you go? By wearing roller skates and holding his hand while he walks of course! And while you go along for the ride, you can catch up on paperwork!
My story is a pirate rebellion in space with magic. (I have a lot of parts to this question because I want to try my diddleydarn hardest to make my autistic character, Layla, accurate)
What does having bad general movement (I’m sorry I can’t remember the exact wording for it) mean exactly? Their fine movement is good but I don’t think they are very good with not Tripping up over things.
They are also nonverbal and use the echo thing to talk with the team. Does this kind of being nonverbal (I apologise if this is the wrong way to put it ) often affect writing skills?
One of the characters is new to the team and asks Layla’s best friend Navette why Layla is “odd” ( it should be noted that he is an alien that isn’t used to humans and how they work) Navette has inability to understand general social this thing is seen as wrong and doesn’t even think that Layla does anything weird “well sometimes I don’t want to talk too” or “everyone fiddles around with stuff I’ll tell you one time…(In reference to stimming) would an ok discription of autism by someone who probably doesn’t even know what it is be “Layla just runs a little bit different. They don’t talk much and God forbid if you turn on the light if you don’t warn them but they’re the best damn navigator we have”?
(The last one got a bit rambly)
Thank you very much for making this blog I’ve wanted for a very long time to write an autistic character but I could never get the right kind of information I needed. Thanks :oD
Hi, it’s really great that you are trying to represent your character’s autism accurately. There are lots of parts to your question, so I’ve broken up my answer:
I am interpreting “bad general movement” as “poor gross motor skills” (let me know if I’ve got that wrong!) Having problems with your gross motor skills means that you struggle with activities that use large muscle groups or the whole body. This is often described as being generally clumsy, and as you said, can make a person
more likely to trip over things. Your character may have other problems associated with poor gross motor skills. For example:
Problems with balance - this might affect skating, cycling, standing on one leg, walking on uneven ground, balancing on a bar or platform
Problems with coordination
- this might affect running (if they often end up tripping over their
own feet), hitting things (for example hammering), kicking things, and
are all just very general ideas - how your character is affected will
depending on how developed their gross motor skills are.
Echolalia and language skills
don’t have any statistics about the link between echolalia and writing
skills. Your character may have difficulties with writing, or may not -
it’s up to you. Writing and speaking are both complicated processes that
require many skills, and Layla may have problems with skills needed for
speaking, but not for writing (for example timing or intonation), or
they may have problems with skills needed for both (for example language
processing or putting ideas into order). Even if they have difficulties with skills needed for writing, they may still be able to do this, but it will be hard work for them.
a side note - other people might have difficulties understanding
Layla’s echoes, but if the team knows Layla well and are good listeners
they may have learnt to interpret their echoes. On the other hand, a new
person joining the team might struggle to communicate with them, either
because they can’t interpret the significance of a delayed echo*, or
because they haven’t learnt how to communicate with someone with
Which leads us on nicely to…
just runs a little bit different. They don’t talk much and God forbid
if you turn on the light if you don’t warn them but they’re the best
damn navigator we have”
might not answer the newbie’s questions, but it works as a way of
essentially saying “there’s nothing wrong with them, now can you get off
my back and let me get back to work?”
Navette is trying to be helpful but is just a bit oblivious, he might
not have realised what information might be helpful for Newbie to have -
he’s mentioned needing to warn Layla before turning on the lights, but
there may be other things that Newbie needs to know. As I said above, if Navette is used
to talking with Layla using echolalia, he might not realise how
difficult Newbie finds it to understand Layla’s echoes. I am sure there are other things that Navette sees as completely normal that a newcomer might need explaining.
I’m very glad that you enjoy the blog. Good luck with your story!
*Delayed echolalia - the individual repeats speech that was heard before and is repeated after a delay **Immediate echolalia - the individual “echoes” the speech immediately
Watch out for a masterpost about echolalia coming your way!
Please STOP comparing female athletes to men like it’s a compliment
To sports commentators, but in truth, the general public itself: Please STOP comparing female athletes to men like it’s a compliment!
I’ve been the tallest in my class for the entirety of elementary school by at least an inch. Not just the tallest girl, period, the tallest over all. In P.E., people often told me this: ‘’You’re good for a girl.’’
That hurt. I wasn’t just ‘’good’’. I was only considered good as long as the ‘’girl’’ part was included- even if I beat my male classmates by a mile. But what was worse, way worse, was watching sports with my family. My family are huge fans of cycle sports and ice-skating competition. The tour de France? The Olympics? You betcha we were watching.
I disliked it immensely. Not because I was a girl, whatever some opinions of it may be, but because watching women sports was awful to me. I put my hopes and dreams in those women, saw them go, strive for the finish line. I was WITH them.
The moment one pulled ahead, I heard: ‘’Look at her go like a man!’’
It was a cheery comment, meant as a compliment. I could hear it in the commentator’s voice. But I will never forget what it did to me. It was like a door slamming shut in my face. No matter what you ever do, the best you can do will only be called as good as a man. Not the best. What you’re striving for is impossible.
By now I’m not an eight-year-old girl anymore, obviously. I stopped growing at twelve, but still was one of the tallest five in my class for years. I didn’t do great in sports. I’d given up on that a long time ago. What I did do was grow mentally. I’ve been through hardships, felt pain, and have talked. Opened my mouth a whole hell lot. I haven’t been silent, I’ve tried to be kind, and believe I generally am. But I’m also angry.
Angry because yesterday Annemiek van Vleuten became first in the women’s La Course by Le Tour de France. And again, I cheered. I was about nose-to-screen in those last five minutes, when I heard the commentator. ‘’She’s biking like a man!’’
And all I could think of were all those eight-year-old girls watching right now, who heard that comment. Who might decide to just give up because of it. Because the girls who did NOT give up would face so much more of these comments. Because the others might receive less of them, but still would find the same prejudice in other places. Because my brother cycles, and the girls in his training group kick ASS, and the thought that anyone would make such a comment about them, no matter how well-meant, makes me furious.
Yes, men have a natural advantage. But don’t you dare use that as an excuse to compare women to men. Because those girls lift me up. I cheer for them, feel for them, and know many others do too.
It makes me wonder what I might have achieved if I hadn’t given up. If I’d spit in their faces and done it my own way. I don’t think I would have done well in competition, mainly because I just don’t like competition unless it’s in a team, but who knows? Maybe I would have liked it better. And how many other women ask themselves that question?
So please, don’t disrespect female athletes, or any women at all, by comparing them to men. It’s not a compliment. It’s not.
Fernando Romero leads trio of Mexico architects looking to create a sprawling park across central Mexico City
Romero’s studio FR-EE has teamed up with FRENTE and RVDG to redevelop Mexico City’s Avenida Chapultepec into a long park that will house cafes restaurants, a raised promenade and water features… all lined with trees. Shops would also be able to set up along a raised platform while routes for buses will be fitted into the road, with cars relegated to either side, and dedicated paths for cyclists, skaters and wheelchairs built into the promenade too.
Trouble crossing the midline (doing something with the right hand when it is at the left side of the body).
Difficulty tying shoes.
Many bruises from bumping into things.
Poor hand-eye coordination.
Hand easily tires when writing.
Trouble forming words with mouth (sometimes).
Poor muscle tone.
Trouble jumping, skating, and cycling.
Apparently, now schools will evaluate people for dyspraxia and get them into special physical education or occupational therapy to improve dyspraxia. If you’re still in school, look into that. I sure wish I’d had therapy or special PE in school. I usually spent PE hiding behind a larger student unless we were running around the track. I literally could not do anything else. I still can’t.
Here is a list of apps i use to keep track of my weight, distances i pass everyday, water balance, studying, organizing my time etc.
I think you all know it but i`m just obsessed with this app! It`s made to create different lists so i always use it for school, workout, meetings and just the random stuff. Of course, i have an agenda, but i like using my phone when i don`t have my notebook with me. And it`s really helpfull, because i bring my phone everywhere i go.
This app is the best among all apps i`ve ever tried. It`s really very smart and you can monitor your water balance. In adittion, you can choose what did you drink (like water/alcohol/tea/coffee etc) and it will show how moistened your body is.
I actually use only when i go somewhere and i want to track the distance i overcome, but this app is pretty good.
It`s a little bit similar to Steps but i use it when i go running/cycling/walking. And what i like the most in this app is that you can choose if you go running, cycling, walking, skating and even swimming. Tbh there are so many activities you can do!
So we finally move to the school apps. I really like this one. Well, i`m doing great at chemistry and i really like it but sometimes i`m just to lazy to write down some reactions and this app solves it really good. You can also read аbout еvery element in the periodical system if you have an access to the web.
6.The HW app
It`s not allowed to use phones at my school but i still use this app after it. It`s really great, believe me. The point is that you can write down all of your homework and it helps me when i don`t have my school diary with me.
The last but not the least. I guess, i don`t have to explain something. It`s just a pretty timetable and i really like it.
So of course i use a lot of different apps to, but those are my favorite. I hope this post helped you in your school life or in your workout, because it really helps me. Thanks for reading 😚
However, since female athletes in the 1930s were regarded as highly as communist Irish atheists, there were almost no outlets for female sports, forcing Didrikson to take up one of the few socially acceptable sports for females – golf.