Now You Know…

Years ago when my eldest son (mildly Aspie, no dx) was in early primary school he developed a fear of going to school because he couldn't handle the reactions of other kids and some of the teachers when he didn't know the answer to a question or how to do some of the work. Being … Continue reading Now You Know…

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Empathy …it goes both ways!

It's always seemed very unfair to me that autistics have been encouraged to learn to show empathy for and understanding of neurotypicals but the reverse has rarely been the case. When my "Aspie" sons were at school (they were all in mainstream classes) there were many times when I had to explain to their teachers … Continue reading Empathy …it goes both ways!

What your Asperger’s / #ActuallyAutistic friend probably wants you to know

Yes! …this! I reblogged this excellent blog post from “the silent wave” because it’s like the author got inside my head! (and expressed those thoughts far better than I ever could) 😀

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Dear allistic friends with autistic friends/friends “with” Asperger’s…

I’m an Aspie.  That is to say that I’m on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum.  Being friends with me/us can be somewhat interesting at times.  We may have “quirks”, habits, rituals, behaviors, or other nuances that you might find confusing, interesting, amusing, annoying, or surprising.  You may wonder why we do/did or say/said something in particular.

I’m going to “let you in” on (my personal take on) friendships and bonding with an Aspergian/autistic person.  Anything I’m about to say probably won’t apply to all Asperger’s/autistic people; we’re all different, after all, and we need to be considered as such. 🙂

(I realize that I switch back and forth between “I/me” and “we/us” a lot; that is intentional.  I can only speak for myself, yet I have interacted with many other people on the spectrum, either passively by reading their writing, or actively by talking/chatting…

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Empathizing with sensory and movement differences: moving toward sensitive understanding of autism

Front. Integr. Neurosci., 24 May 2013 | http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnint.2013.00038 Steven K. Kapp* Human Development and Psychology Division, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA The autism diagnosis requires deficits in social interaction and communication, yet neither occurs in isolation. This brief literature-based analysis provides evidence that other … Continue reading Empathizing with sensory and movement differences: moving toward sensitive understanding of autism

Theory finds that individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome don’t lack empathy – in fact if anything they empathize too much

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Art work by Aegis Mario S. Nevado Art work by Aegis Mario S. Nevado

“A ground-breaking theory suggests people with autism-spectrum disorders such as Asperger’s do not lack empathy – rather, they feel others’ emotions too intensely to cope.”

“People with Asperger’s syndrome, a high functioning form of autism, are often stereotyped as distant loners or robotic geeks. But what if what looks like coldness to the outside world is a response to being overwhelmed by emotion – an excess of empathy, not a lack of it?

This idea resonates with many people suffering from autism-spectrum disorders and their families. It also jibes with the “intense world” theory, a new way of thinking about the nature of autism.

As posited by Henry and Kamila Markram of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, the theory suggests that the fundamental problem in autism-spectrum disorders is not a social deficiency but, rather, a hypersensitivity to experience…

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High Functioning Autism in Females

When I read the article below it stirred up so many memories and feelings of frustration that I felt compelled to reblog it here. I don't have a daughter, but of course I am a daughter and I believe I am probably somewhere on the autism spectrum. When I was a young child (50+ years … Continue reading High Functioning Autism in Females

Autism, Paganism, Psychic Ability & the Paranormal ~ Updated

Introduction I wrote the original version of this article (based on some of my previous writings here, "tweaked" and improved a little, with some new content added) for the April 2009 Axis Mundi eNewsletter for "Autism Awareness Month", after which it also appeared in the May 2009 edition of The Cosmic Cauldron Newsletter (no longer published). … Continue reading Autism, Paganism, Psychic Ability & the Paranormal ~ Updated

Autism Awareness: Pagan Perspectives

The fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day was on April 2, 2012 and was a prelude to April being Autism Awareness Month. I haven't written much recently that specifically relates to both Autism and Paganism together so I thought this month would be an appropriate time to try to rectify that. Life here at home … Continue reading Autism Awareness: Pagan Perspectives

World Autism Awareness Day

April is Autism Month, commencing with the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, 2012. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events, for example Light It Up Blue (which is why this post is blue :)). Please also take a look at the trailer … Continue reading World Autism Awareness Day

Dragon Drumming

This is the story of how my newest drum came to be. In the beginning... It was over a year ago now, in late August 2010, when I discovered the music of Caiseal Mór via Facebook. The following month I bought a couple of his albums, The Well of Yearning and Flow (I have recently … Continue reading Dragon Drumming