The art of autistic self-hood

(Uncertain Weather System in Place, 2016)   As there seems to be no specific aftercare following my diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome, I’m quite busy working things out for myself. Fortunately for me this is one of my autistic strengths. But specialist services would make a huge difference to my life. So going it alone isContinue reading “The art of autistic self-hood”

“Finger wagging bad.” An autistic perspective on neurotypical behaviour

I’ve also learned a bucketload of politeness and know how to wait and take my turn. I can even mimic patience – I do this as well as any professional stage actor.

Reflections on the birthday ritual and autism.

(Dirt Cups 2014, my homage to Meret Oppenheim’s 1936. Fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon) It can be hard to strike the right birthday note. This post is about alternatives in the all pervasive social narrative of what makes for a happy birthday. While this dominance is unintentional, nonetheless it carries a potentially damaging myth about whatContinue reading “Reflections on the birthday ritual and autism.”

Autism Dx 1: Aftercare 0

So I finally got round to my post autism diagnosis GP appointment. On a tide of euphoria at officially becoming autistic I emailed my GP with a copy of my report, saying I would like to come in and talk about support. My GP wrote back promptly suggesting I make a double appointment and thankingContinue reading “Autism Dx 1: Aftercare 0”