Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | March 30, 2021

Autism Awareness Week – Autistic people in films

Yesterday I raised awareness of the autistic contribution to computing and modern technology. There are many who have contributed, as writers, actors and directors.

They incude Courtney Love, Dan Akroyd, Tim Burton, Helena Bonham-Carter, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Daryll Hannah and Orson Welles.

Having autism has helped some of them they say, getting into roles or contributing. Possibly it just gives a different view point.

Just imagine Saturday Nights curled up on the sofa, or at the cinema with out them.

Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | March 29, 2021

World Autism Awareness Week

This week is world Autism Awareness Week.

Autism is an invisible, neurological condition, where the brain just processes information differently from other brains. This can bring great benefits. People with it, or who have major autism traits have greatly influenced the modern world as we know it, and made surviving COVID-19 lockdown possible for many businesses.

1 in 88 people (estimated) are affected in the UK. 700,000 people

16% are in full time work according to the National Autistic Society. More want to be.

75% (estimated) are bullied at school and/or at work

It affects how the world is seen, understood and interacted with.

It can be seen as a negative condition. However as I said it can really bring benefits. Just some contributions that have made the modern world possible

AC Electricity – Nikola Tesla, powered modern industry

Telephone – Alexander Graham Bell

Modern Electric Lightbulb – Thomas Edision, safe lighting

Modern Computers – Alan Turing is described as the Father of modern computers. Created a machine to break the Enigma code in WW2.

Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg

Apple and Microsoft – Steve Jobs, Bill Gates

Computing generally – autistic people behind the scenes all over the place, making computing possible.

Life without these contributions would have been impossible to get to where we are now.

More autistic contributions next time

Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | March 25, 2021

Alan Turing £50 note

Today I heard on the news that the new £50 note will have Alan Turing on it, one of codes breakers from Bletchley Park, on it. Also he is believed to have been autistic. It is nice to have him and the work of other autistic people see.

Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | February 26, 2021

Access the Autistic Skill Set 5. Retain and flourish

Staff costs are the highest expenditure in business, so how to retain those skills within. The trained skills, the people with potential, and can grow and really benefit the business as part of teams. Just consider the cost of not understanding and losing the skills. Performance panels can lead to loss of morale, staff and skills, if skills have not been recognised, through the review system.

I have commented before,but it is work repeating I feel. I am not, nor will I be the last to receive an autism diagnosis after misunderstandings and issues at work. And feeling I had no choice but to leave with my skills.

Hopefully having considered Recruitment, Respect , Ripening and Reviews good rapport and understanding will have been reached with your staff.

1/ We will feel valued and respected as we are, and feel part of the team. This will result in less masking, acting to fit in, and therefore be more relaxed.

2/ Reasonable adjustments can help us fit in, and be understood. These should be discussed with the person, with no assumptions with regular reviews and issues discussed soon after the event, in an open manner. I have been in a situation where apparently Reasonable adjustments had been put in place – without telling or discussing with me, or reviewed when perceived not to be working. This is not the best approach. Done well and this produces good results.

3/ Communications – if these are open, and clear, there will be an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, and open communication will follow. The preferred form may vary, and how, just like with anyone.

4/ Increase the value or understanding that ‘disabilities’ or rather different abilities can bring to business, different insights, different viewpoints, that can improve the business.

Autistic people have great skills, but according to the National Autistic Society in 2016 only 16% of autistic people are in full time work. More want to be. We want to be recognised as valued employees, working to our potential, as part of a team, not just ticks in boxes to meet legal requirements. Take time to invest in autistic, even if it takes more effort, and boy, it will be worth the effort.

Until my next insight into the autistic world.

Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | January 6, 2021

The manager as coach: tuning into and exploring metaphors with clean language

A very good article. Language can be unclear metaphors can help.

Elisabeth Goodman's Blog

By Elisabeth Goodman, 16th December 2020

I had the opportunity to attend Judy Rees’ Metaphorum annual digital conference this year as a volunteer co-organiser. Now in it’s fifth year, and unlike many conferences that have been organised this year, Metaphorum has always operated on a digital platform. It was fascinating to see all the ground-breaking online techniques that Judy and the team were using to create as collaborative and participative an experience as possible.

More importantly though, Metaphorum is an opportunity for those practising and / or interested in Clean Language and metaphors to learn from and share ideas and experiences with each other. The approach to the conference was that people could suggest topics that they were interested in hearing about or facilitating, and then choose which of the multiple parallel and successive sessions to attend through the full thirteen hours of the event.

Being new to the conference…

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Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | November 18, 2020

GEM Talk – Free event

GEM Talks is a multi-speaker event which will provide you with positive practical steps to create positive changes to thrive in 2021

About this Event

GEM Talks – Thrive in 2021

Grow (on the inside)

Expand (beyond your limits)

Maintain (take consistent action)

We can agree it has been a strange year, right? We want to make sure that 2021 is THE year for you.

◻️ Would you like to start 2021strongly?

◻️ With clear focus to achieve your goals and peace of mind?

◻️ Would you like to thrive in 2021?

Gem Talks is all about YOU having a strong finish to 2020 and preparing for 2021

We want to support you to have exactly that! Success, focus and peace of mind.

Gem talks is a live and interactive day which is delivered as virtual conference.

There will be over 10 experts speaking throughout the day, all bringing not only insights but practical and implementable steps.

Each expert has been chosen because of their deep knowledge and expertise in the topic they will be speaking about.

This is all about bringing you value so you can finish the year strong and prepare for 2021.

What you will gain by attending:

• Powerful tools to maintain and develop a clear mind

• Strong insights and actionable steps to grow your business

• Deeper insight into how to be a leader in world as it stands today

How it will work:

Once you buy your ticket we will send you the zoom link for your session.

Once your session is finished you are welcome to stay on or carry on with your evening.

I will be speaking on how to increase the talent in the work place. Please look at the other speakers too.

Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | August 31, 2020

Mental Health and Well-being Summit – starting 1 September

I am speaking at a summit. I will be speaking on autism and work, and how to get and keep autistic people in the workplace, and thus use our skills.

The other talks will also be well worth seeing and you will learn a lot. Please click on the link below.

Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | July 8, 2020

What are the Indications of Aspergers Syndrome — Free PLR Articles

Individuals with Aspergers syndrome are on the higher end of the spectrum. Usually these issues are first observed when a kid starts school. The child can have all the indications of Aspergers, or only a few. Here are some of the common indications of Aspergers syndrome. 1. Have a tough time talking to other kids. […]

What are the Indications of Aspergers Syndrome — Free PLR Articles
Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | July 8, 2020

Understanding Echolalia and Autism — Speaking of Autism…

Time for another installment in my “Understanding ‘X’ and Autism” posts, for all of those people out there trying to learn more and/or better understand their autistic friends and loved ones. For today’s post, we’ll start with a story. The scene is about two years ago, December of my sophomore year of high school. Every […]

Understanding Echolalia and Autism — Speaking of Autism…
Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | July 7, 2020

Accessing the Autistic Skill Set 3. Ripening and Growing Part 2

I have previously given some ideas how to further understand and respect autistic people and their unique skill and build on this further. Here are some further tips to help ripen and grow them.

4. Build mutual trust and respect

By getting to know us as we are, by working with us from where we actually are, rather than where you think we are, and understanding where we are we will trust you more, and communication will increase.

Consistency in your performance and instructions, to all staff will help. I have seen inconsistencies and decided to put off feeling trust in management as a result of inconsistency in instructions given, differing responses given to differing staff and directly conflicting instructions from different bosses. This made it impossible to grow and improve efficiently, and reduced trust within the team, where it was noticed.

5. Mentoring and other support

This should be with a trusted person, not automatically any line management, but could be from Human Resources (especially if experienced with disabilites), or other person, with clear, mutually agreed goals. If there is no trust or respect between the parties, sit down meetings, clear goals and reports the chances of success are quite low. The autistic person should have a say in the appropriate person, and feel able to trust them totally.

When done well, there should be mutual trust and respect relations will succeed and there will be freedom of communication, and increased trust and respect on both sides.

6. Building up confidence

The actions above should help with

a/ SMART, clear goals – clear, measurable goals

b/ Clear, positive feedback, stating why the action was good, when. Comments like ‘At times’ with little specific information as to when and little or no indication of remedial action, or chance to discuss generally reduce confidence.

c/ Constructive feedback where there were issues –

Good/Bad/Good, so it ends on a positive, all issues having been clearly discussed, with clear goals for improvement.

Another approach which encourages discussion of areas of challenge could be – ‘I noticed you did this at this point, and it lead to this happening. Maybe if you try it that way, it might work better. What do you think?

This opens dialogue more than ‘You did this, which was wrong, do it better/differently in future’. This ends on a negative note, and is more likely to reduce/shut down future communication where low levels of confidence already exist as a result of previous experience.

I have had my confidence destroyed as a result of some of the actions above, leading to lack of clarity of expectations as I felt unable to communicate with management. As a result I have told you can build on the confidence of the person with autism, to avoid this happening to others.

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like more information. Look out for my next post. It will be worth it.

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