A Blaze of Gold

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A Blaze of Gold

As an individual with Aspergers  and children on the wonderfully neurodiverse spectrum I feel I must speak out on the subject of combating autism.

Why is it when I inform people of the fact my children have autism I am immediately offered unwanted advice, apologies and pity?

The media thats why. The scaremongering by companies like autism speaks depicting families with autism as tragic, at a loss and with a child ...

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Eminem And Aspergers

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Eminem And Aspergers.

Eminem has disclosed in his song ‘Wicked ways’ that he has Aspergers.

The song which appeared on his album Marshall Mathers Lp 2 has the lyrics:

IMG_7985Ever heard of Aspergers? Its a rare condition,

Its what you’re suffering from when you simply don’t care if its an 80 degree day

And theres no frickin air ...

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The Dark Side Of FB ‘Support’ Groups.

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The Dark Side of Advocacy – Bill Appleton

I’m a member of two FB Autism Support groups. One UK based, secret, administrated 24/7 by a dedicated worldwide team, and the other one.

The other one doesn’t have a great reputation in the Autistic Community, being known as “Hell Group” by many, “The Big Group” by some.  I call it The Dark Side. It’s not a nice place if you’re an Autistic Adult with an opinion, an argument or experience ...

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Thinking Of Home Education?

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Thinking Of Home Education?

When I first had my youngest son I had never considered home education. I thought to do it you had to be rich or have some sort of formal training.

It was something that had not even entered my mind, as far as I knew your child had to start nursery, then they had to start school.

That was that.

My son changed all that.

He ...

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Emma in the news – The Mercury

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Supporting those with autism

By Mandy Little

A WOOLWICH mum and campaigner against a controversial “cure” for autism is keen to share her experiences and help support parents in the area.

Emma Dalmayne, who home educates her seven-year-old autistic son and daughter, three, who is yet to be formally diagnosed with the condition, has set up a website with tips ...

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Transitions And The Need For Clarity

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Transitions And The Need For Clarity

 

The need for clear boundaries in moving from one place to another is very important for an autistic person.

For me it’s of paramount important that I know exactly what will be happening, with whom, when and how.

If you  as a neurotypical reader can imagine complete uncertainty mixed with anxiety,  you are maybe a quarter of the way there with a little understanding of how it feels not to know ...

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I Didn’t Feel Grief Over My Children’s Autism Diagnoses, but I Did Feel This

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I never experienced grief when my children were diagnosed on the spectrum. I experienced relief, and I experienced anger that I wasn’t listened to sooner. I experienced sadness for the difficulties my son would face, and I experienced panic over how my children would cope when I’m no longer here.

I also felt intense resentment for anyone who asked questions and made statements born of sheer ignorance.

I’m sure you’ve heard a few ...

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Autism and Common Misconceptions.

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Where to start? There are so many I hear regularly.

  1. You can’t be autistic you are to social.

Yes I can be, I am able to enjoy others company as many autistics can. We can enjoy social occasions like parties and cinema trips.

I love concerts and the theatre.

That does not mean however that I do not risk sensory overload in those places which happens frequently.

It does not mean ...

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Autistic Children And Special Interests.

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Autistic Children And Special Interests.

Does your child have a special interest?

Maybe they collect model cars, stamps or buttons?

I have noticed articles on the ‘ harm’ of autistics in general be they children or adults having special interests. They claim that they should be discouraged as they are ‘ obsessive’ and a ‘ fixation’.

I’m not denying that we can become rather embroiled and passionate about our hobbies and Collections but it would be better to work with us and indeed encourage ...

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