An Autistic Living In a Literary Hostile World

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An Autistic surviving in a literary hostile world.

 

As a writer I always have my ear to the ground for a story, as an autistic mother to autistic children my heart always craves that one day we will have acceptance.

I’ve been aware of this book on Amazon for a while but never really paid any attention to it, but whilst scrolling on my newsfeed on Facebook a friend who is also autistic had posted a link to it begging for no ...

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From One Mother to Another

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From one mother to another.

 

I understand in a way what you think you are trying to do.

You believe you are healing your child and saving them

You have heard the words “Autistic Spectrum Disorder” and like us all you paniced.

You wanted to help make life easier and more bearable for your child, you looked into therapies, vitamins and diets. You heard about Biomedials , and then you stumbled upon a book that you believed held all the answers.

A book by one ...

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Fiona O’leary fighting for a brighter tomorrow.

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Fiona O’leary  fighting for a brighter tomorrow.

I caught up with Autism rights campaigner Fiona O’leary who is herself on the Autistic spectrum and a keen activist for putting an end to a wide variety of mistreatments of children and adults on the spectrum.

Fiona is a mother to five children who’s determination to leave no stone unturned and fight for justice leaves most of us exhausted just watching her.

Diagnosed at age 42 with Aspergers Syndrome she describes her diagnosis as “A ...

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Autistic Rights and the Need for Advocation

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Autistic rights and the need for advocation.

 

Throughout  history we have been seen as eccentrics, loners and oddities.

In the 1900’s the poor of us were  to be found begging in the streets and many of us were housed in the workhouses or detained till the end of our days in mental institutions . We were used for cheap labour, detained in the infamous magdalene factories in Ireland and shipped over to Australia with the convict influx that was ostracised there along ...

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Fitting in versus standing out.

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As a child I remember feeling so very different to the other girls. They weren’t interested in insects and animal hospitals. They ran screaming from my pet snail Molly  whom I painted red with white spots.

I would try all day to fit in at school but was bullied constantly. I was the butt of most jokes and gravitated to the other misfits present in my school year.  One  no one would play with  as she smelled of urine and another ...

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A Parents Guide to A Spectrum Teen

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Being on the Autistic spectrum can leave us adrift socially often seeking what could be perceived as strange or odd ways of socialising. We may start a conversation by blurting or mentioning a particular interest we have and may not realise the person listening is not interested.
Being a teenager with Autism can be very challenging socially. There are strange rituals to engage in and unseen rules to abide by. Speech these days can be bewildering, people say “Shut up!”while ...

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Aspergers and Domestic Violence

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Optimized-Dollarphotoclub_70959734For an aspergers female finding the right partner who will  and support her socially and help and understand her sensory overload quickly and efficiently is very important.

They have to know that if they are out socially and get overloaded their partner will be willing to leave with them or at least wait patiently while they go somewhere to regulate.They may also experience the meltdowns we have which ...

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More Than Just a Sandwich

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It’s never just a sandwich.

As an adult on the spectrum and a mother of children with autism, I am often asked about meltdowns and how they feel. I can tell you how it feels to have a meltdown from my perspective and how to help your child.

When you have a meltdown, it’s as if the world is ending. Everything is too much and you feel like an overwhelming darkness has engulfed your very being. Irrepressible anger that may seem completely ...

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This is what Sensory Overload feels like.

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As an adult on the spectrum, I am often asked what a sensory overload feels like. I can tell you from my perspective what it feels like, as well as how I think you can help your child.

Here’s an example of an overload for me: I have a nice day planned, something I’ve been looking forward to for weeks. Let’s say an open-air concert. The weather may be fine, and the company pleasant, but a dull pain starts behind my eyes.

It’s ...

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Intestinal Detachment

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A screenshot of intestinal detachment from a five year old child.

by Emma Dalmayne

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Scrolling through my newsfeed I was confronted with this screenshot.


It’s from a social media group full of parents and carers who believe they can ‘heal’ Autism by giving their children Chlorine Dioxide, a water purification agent used to sanitise swimming pools, Jacuzzis and spas. I was once told I could not take my daughter into a hot tub as the ...

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