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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BBC Journalist goes undercover to investigate Autistic Quack Cures & interviews Autistic Activist, Emma Dalmayne | BBC (Video)

Such an important campaign – with especial gratitude and acknowledgements to Emma Dalmayne – and to Fiona in NI – for such amazing, difficult work. An historic moment, a turning-point for autistic adults and children. Emma is truly a #Her-o of the #AutisticRevolution Bravo, Emma 🙂

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Previously:


29351899_1808737812764277_7149658314857732786_oAIM CEO Emma Dalmayne was at UK Parliament today for an interview with lead investigative BBC journalist Guy Lynn and photographer Ian!

Work from Guy here:
https://youtu.be/XPGoO34URx0

And here:
https://youtu.be/XPGoO34URx0


The Fake Cures For Autism Report launch from the Westminister Autism Commission happening tomorrow, Emma will again be at Parliament tomorrow with AIM directors Alex Forshaw and Sara Challinger (subject to child care).

https://westminsterautismcommission.wordpress.com/


Emma will also have advocates

KieranRose_activistKieran Grace of:
https://www.facebook.com/theautisticadvocate/


ryanhendry

Ryan Hendry and Julian Morgan from:
https://autisticuk.org/


Callum Brazzo :
https://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/…/spalding-poet-searches-fo…

Alex Forshaw also has an excellent blog here:
https://myautisticdance.blog/


Emma will be on the BBC news with past work done with Guy Lynn tomorrow at 6.30pm.

She will also be in The Independent tomorrow in an article on autism awareness and just did an interview on the MMS bleach ‘treatment’ with the North East Autism Society

emma dalmayne


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Autistic Activist, Emme Dalmayne, Was At UK Parliment Today and Chatted With BBC Journalist, Guy Lynn | A TAC Founder & Co-Founders involved too!

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29351899_1808737812764277_7149658314857732786_oAIM CEO Emma Dalmayne was at UK Parliament today for an interview with lead investigative BBC journalist Guy Lynn and photographer Ian!

Work from Guy here:
https://youtu.be/XPGoO34URx0

And here:
https://youtu.be/XPGoO34URx0


The Fake Cures For Autism Report launch from the Westminister Autism Commission happening tomorrow, Emma will again be at Parliament tomorrow with AIM directors Alex Forshaw and Sara Challinger (subject to child care).

https://westminsterautismcommission.wordpress.com/


Emma will also have advocates

KieranRose_activistKieran Grace of:
https://www.facebook.com/theautisticadvocate/


ryanhendry

Ryan Hendry and Julian Morgan from:
https://autisticuk.org/


Callum Brazzo :
https://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/…/spalding-poet-searches-fo…

Alex Forshaw also has an excellent blog here:
https://myautisticdance.blog/


Emma will be on the BBC news with past work done with Guy Lynn tomorrow at 6.30pm.

She will also be in The Independent tomorrow in an article on autism awareness and just did an interview on the MMS bleach ‘treatment’ with the North East Autism Society

emma dalmayne


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April is Ableism Awareness Month

Erin Human

For several years, autism organizations led by non-autistic parents and professionals have focused on Autism Awareness in the month of April.

Autistic people have pushed back on the Awareness campaigns (and their usual pathologizing, othering frameworks) by asking for less talk of awareness and more acceptance for autistic people of all ages.

This year I was inspired to flip the old script with a new kind of Awareness campaign:

This April is Ableism Awareness Month

Join me in the coming weeks as I roll out some basic information and awareness of this epidemic of ableism, including examples and symptoms, treatments and alternatives, and more.

Part 1: What is ableism?

Part 2: How many people are affected by ableism?

Part 3: What causes ableism?

Part 4: Is there a cure for ableism?

Part 5: Ableism Therapies

Ableism Awareness Wrapup Post

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The Autistic Revolution is Now | #AutisticsRise 2018: We Will Be heard. (video)

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Autistic Activist | I was an Institutionalized, labeled Low Functioning, Non-verbal Autistic Child: Achieved Independent Living At 35.

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Here is the official response from the person who wrote Autism Uncensored, and my response to her response. Why arguments like “you are nothing like my child” are specious and should be rejected by autistics and non-autistics alike.

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The Ideal World for Autistic People

Understanding Autistics

7:29pm: So I’m sat in a café, ready to start my university assignment that is due in 5 days.

I start my usual routine. I turn off all of my devices, I get my infinity cube out and put it on the table, and I get all of the relevant Power Point slides and notes loaded up on my laptop.

Oh wait, music. I can’t concentrate without my music.

I can’t listen to my usual music when I need to concentrate, so I decided to look on YouTube for something appropriate.

I then proceeded to put on one of the most amazing pieces of music I have heard, which inspired me to write this. You can listen to the song here. 

I’m thinking back to Sunday. I went for a carvery with one of my mini mates, a non-speaking autistic boy who I care a lot for…

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