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Communication Challenges: Part 1

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It’s easier now for me to look back on my life and realize how many things shaped who I was through the lens of my autism. One of those traits is literal thinking. “Typical” children eventually learn to differentiate between literal and figurative language, along with the nuances of humor and its many states, something I still struggle with doing even now as an adult. As a child who...

Autism Doesn’t Have a Look

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Ask any autistic what statement is among their top 5 of most irritating declarations from others... and they will say one of them is the phrase, "But you don't look autistic!" And that, right there, is a huge problem because autism doesn't have a specific appearance in any one specific individual. You could be surrounded by autistic people right now and you wouldn't really have a clue because if...

Childlike Doesn’t Equal Incapable

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What does childlike mean? Well, if you google the term, the definition from Merriam-Webster is “resembling, suggesting, or appropriate to a child or childhood especially marked by innocence, trust, and ingenuousness.” Ingenuousness is defined as “free from reserve, restraint, or dissimulation; candid; sincere.” Sounds pretty awesome to me, honestly. As an autistic woman...

What’s Your (Executive) Dysfunction?

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What is executive functioning? It involves processes that help a person regulate themselves and their resources so they can do what needs done. Mental control and the ability to self-regulate is important, especially as an adult, and something all “typical” children eventually are able to do & control.
...I never knew about executive functions or that I lacked them until I was an adult.

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