Autism Discussion: Eye Contact, IEPs and Compliance

I’ve written a lot about my efforts to learn body language, and the fact that doing so often left me feeling more disconnected from people, not less. The problem is that having to consciously learn non-verbal communication can make a social interaction feel more like an obstacle course than a genuine exchange.

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a night out (stories from the autism spectrum)

Being at a social event…it never feels like you’ve simply entered a space with other people. It feels more like waking up in another person’s dream…like being thrown there. You find yourself in an unfamiliar space. The context and reality are inscrutable, cryptic. Nothing works the way it’s supposed to. At a basic level, you don’t know how to be.

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Autism Discussion: building self-acceptance for spectrum teens

A parent recently asked a question about her autistic child and radical self-acceptance.

She described him as being very inquisitive about his differences and having a strong sense of self. He is aware of his diagnosis, has terrific self-esteem…but he is currently quite young. The mom is worried about adolescence and whether or not he will continue to feel good about himself once there is more social pressure to conform and hide differences.

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Autism/Aspergers Q and A: social skills training and managing negativity

Two questions this time around. One from a parent…and one from a lady diagnosed with Aspergers who wants to know how anyone could feel good about life on the spectrum.

Thoughtful questions. My non-expert, answery type things: in effect.

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Rudolph: spectrum hero? Or part of the problem? (stories from the autism spectrum)

Re-posting from last year:

Growing up as a socially awkward spectrum kid, I always felt a kind of kinship with Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. But there’s a problem. His story ends in a way that strikes me as being counter-productive. I think it sends a pretty confusing message to kids.

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Fun Times With Spatial Pragmatics: travel notes fom Spain

Getting lost in Seville is like getting lost in a dream. Especially at night.

Drifting by people and stone, steeped in the verbal footfall of echoing voices. Restaurants folded into impossibly small spaces, yet expelling, into the passageways, a rich bundle of sensory clatter: meal-scents, more voices and the ceaseless clinking of glass.

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