Breaking down the sense of touch and how it may be perceived differently by autistic people.

The Sense of Touch and Autistic Perception — Speaking of Autism…
Posted by: jofarmer | June 30, 2020

The Twenty-Six Senses — Speaking of Autism…

Humans have way more than five senses! Learn about the others and some ways they may impact autistic people with different sensory systems.

The Twenty-Six Senses — Speaking of Autism…
Posted by: jofarmer | June 29, 2020

Why autistics have obsessions

The English Introvert

Autistics like to perform deep dives and go into detail about obscure details. Everyone knows this. However what people do not know is why autistics do this. They just think it’s a quirk of autism to get hung up on these things.

The autistic obsession is a way of controlling all of the input that you have to deal with in life. Right now the world is changing in quite a dramatic fashion. It wouldn’t surprise me if this is freaking out a lot of autistic people. We don’t like change because we have difficulty with processing all the possibilities of life. We like structure for this reason. With nothing changing there is no fear so life can continue as normal. This is a very debilitating way to live your life.

The autistic brain gets stuck on ideas that it has yet to process. This can take years for it…

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I hope I have now provided guidelines into how to get to respect and understand the autistic person, and their immense skill set. I will now tell you how to understand them better and build on this and help ripen and grow them. This requires teamwork and patience.

When doing this and anything else when working with autistic people it is important to remember this. Once you have met one autistic person you have met one autistic person. We are all individuals, and our needs and responses can change with circumstances.

1. Training

Where there is inhouse training this can really help improve skills in areas such as communications, confidence, assertiveness, work related and many other areas.  External training may also help, along with ‘Access to Work’ and help from charities.

Implementing training as any issues arise rather than taking more extreme reaction will help increase rather than reduce or potentially destroy confidence which may be fragile anyway.

2. Communications

Building on what was discussed when getting to know the person, this will ensure they feel able to continue to communicate, however this might be, written, verbal or with support. Useful training may improve this, as will support from colleagues, managers or other support sources.

This may be for daily communications or meetings. By reducing stress by implementing suitable 2 way communications, issues relating to this will be eased, helping everyone. This will help autistic people to prepare, possibly getting support, from trusted friends. Follow up meetings may help to clarify further issues. This does not indicated any lack of intelligence, simply how we process information.

3. Meltdowns/ shutdowns

All too often these are viewed in negative ways, as tantrums or sulking, and that we are behaving like spoilt children, and not responsible adults, when faced with circumstances.

This is not the case. It means we have become overwhelmed/overloaded, often by outside stimulation. These maybe sensory, emotional or information over load or just too much unpredictability, and may lash out or shutdown. They may take place in public or in private and are not attention seeking, but rather more embarassing.

They are not a reaction of choice, to gain a reward, such as with a childhood tantrum. They can be exhausting, and need to be dealt with appropriately, if possible once the warning signs are visible, thus stopping them, maintaing or increasing productivity and confidence

To recap I have now said how training can help, as can extra understanding of communications and melt downs, when working with autistic people.

Thank you for reading. I have more information on how to ripen and grow autistic staff which I am sure you will enjoy and consider when working with autistic staff.

Posted by: jofarmer | June 22, 2020

Autism executive function — OldLady With Autism

Getting things done Disorganized, lazy, procrastinator, negligent, sloppy, messy, always late, late bills, late for appointments, late for work, cluttered, dirty, overwhelmed! This is the life of many autistic adults. Although we love details, many of us need help with every day life due to struggles with executive function. Executive function is the part of […]

Autism executive function — OldLady With Autism

As a parent educator and as a parent of autistic kids, I’ve had conversations with people about “how autistic is he”, “is she high functioning autistic” and “how do you know if your kid is autistic, or just ‘quirky’.” This post covers how to think about the autism SPECTRUM, and about questions of whether and how to seek a diagnosis.

Autistic? Or Just “Quirky”? — More Good Days – Parenting Blog

Autistics are like children in how wilful they are as everyone knows regardless of whether they have personal experience or not. They are both dedicated to what they want to achieve, how and when but because they don’t/can’t prioritise it’s not always a good time so this creates issues. Dedication is a very important quality […]

Autism – Employability problems arising from Time and Money Management — The English Introvert
Posted by: jofarmer | June 18, 2020

Autistic Pride Day

Autism is not a disease that can be cured. It is not something to be ashamed of. It is something to celebrate. As Dr Tony Attwood said it is a difference not a defect. We see the world differently and think differently due to how our brains work.

People with autism have contributed so much to society without which it would not be what it is today. Just think about

Nicola Tesla – AC electricity

Bill Gates – Microsoft

Alan Turing – code breaker in Ww2

Steve Jobs – home computers, fonts, mobile phones

Temple Grandin – cattle expert

Sir Anthony Hopkins – actor

Gary Numan – singer

Daryll Hannah – actress

All people with autism, or significant autistic traits. Just think, tonight you could be sitting at home, in the dark, no electricity, mobile phones and missing out on some wonderful entertainment.

Celebrate the diversity of everyone in the world, especially autistic people today.

#Autism #ASD #asperger #Autistic #AutistiPrideDay #disability #aspergers #AutisticSpectrum

Content warning: bullying, mental health issues Tomorrow, 18 June, is Autistic Pride Day. Yay to that. I’m all for pride. Autistic pride means a lot to me. I was bullied and targeted for my ‘difference’ as a child and teen and made to feel anything but proud to be me. As a young adult I […]

What autistic pride means to me — Yenn Purkis Autism Page
Posted by: jofarmer | June 18, 2020

Mental health – Routine adjusting — Cynni’s Blog

As you long time readers already know, I am on the spectrum. Or, more bluntly said, I am autistic. I am what they often call “high functioning”, which basically means I have a higher level of self-sustainability. I struggle mostly with social things, and with taking things too litteral. But when I have a decent […]

Mental health – Routine adjusting — Cynni’s Blog

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