Monthly Archives: April 2018

70 of the absolute BEST #ActuallyAutistic blog posts I’ve ever read (300th post)

the silent wave

In the very first post on this blog and on my currently-pinned Twitter tweet, I state that “The Silent Wave”, on a grander scale, is not about me; it’s about all of us (especially those of us who are either recently diagnosed or otherwise adult-diagnosed on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum), as we find ourselves and chart a new route through the waters of life.

In my attempt to live up to that statement not just by saying it, but by following through with evidential action, I’ve tried to start a little informal tradition in which, every hundredth post or so, I write a post that hands over the megaphone from my loud mouth to the well-deserving voices.  These commemorative posts have actually become my favorite ones to write!

Today, for my 300th post, I’d like to celebrate (oh god, there’s so much to celebrate–the community, the feedback, the cohesion, the variance…

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Autism, executive function, and … school

the silent wave

In case it seems like the hallways of The Silent Wave have become ghostly lately, I can explain (grin).

I have decided to go back to school, as some of y’all know, for a Masters degree.

It’s hard to go back to school as a grown-up, especially when you’ve been out of the School Mode for nearly a decade, and especially when you’re … autistic.

Well, that’s the case for me, anyway.  Far be it from me to speak for anyone but me, because me is all I really know, and sometimes I even question how solidly I know that much.

These past two weeks have certainly proven to be an exercise in Let’s Put That Executive Function To The Test.  Rubber, meet road; money, meet mouth.

The first hurdle for me so far has been the workload that has increased overnight, the pure taxation on my brain’s resources.  I’ve…

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Reading Instruction: The Difference Between Knowing and Doing

Author Don Winn's Blog

Would you be surprised to know that only one third—barely a third!—of fourth and eighth graders in the US can read proficiently at (or above) grade level? Most taxpayers would be shocked at that statistic. After all, the ability to read well with comprehension is the foundation for every pursuit in adult life. The critical nature of this endeavor is the reason the lion’s share of our tax dollars is allotted for school systems. If you or I were only doing a credible job 34% of the time, we couldn’t reasonably expect to remain employed. Yet, ineffectiveness aside, the public school system remains this country’s most utilized educational domain.

Please don’t think I’m teacher-bashing here: teachers are some of my favorite folk, who have a very difficult job while also signing up for a lower than average wage because they have a genuine passion to teach and help youngsters. Most…

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To the people who don’t know that I am autistic

Understanding Autistics

I am autistic.

A lot of you will not have realised this, and it hasn’t really been that important that you knew until recently.

By the way, Eminem, Bill Gates, Alan Turing, Daryl Hannah, Albert Einstein, and even the inventor of Pokémon is autistic, to name a few. Are you surprised?

To put it simply, autism is a different brain wiring that affects your perception of the world, and how you communicate and relate to other people.

Being autistic has a lot of advantages:

  1. I have a great memory – Though this is also selective – My long term memory is fantastic and I’m good at remembering random facts, but my short term memory is shocking and I forget little things like remembering to get my food out of the oven!
  2. I’m a good problem solver I have unique thought processes which mean I can come up with innovative…

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