Mainstream schools and Autism

I was disgusted to read about Autistic children in Scotland being unlawfully excluded from school, (Your Autism magazine - Winter 2018). Children are being excluded from their lessons for being, 'disruptive'. A day in mainstream school can be extremely stressful for a child on the Autistic spectrum. This can lead to meltdowns or misbehaving if …

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You don’t seem Autistic?

When you build up the courage to tell somebody about your diagnosis the most insulting and unfortunately common response seems to be, 'but... you don't seem Autistic?'. I truly believe 90% of the time this will be a response said in good faith, meant to make us feel we appear, 'normal' to the world. In …

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Celebrations

I have never been a fan of celebrations. Whether it be a birthday, an achievement or an annual event such as Christmas it will bring me dread. Most people I know will look forward to their birthday - a day where all attention is on them. I can't think of a moment more anxiety triggering …

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Literally?

A trait of ASD that I display daily is assuming everything I see or hear is literal. I do not understand sarcasm or most jokes. In one of my driving lessons I was instructed to, 'go right at the roundabout' - so I literally turned right. I did not go around the correct way, (left …

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