Big details, small picture.

One of the screener questions used in the pre autism diagnosis questionnaire is whether you’re a big picture or a small details person. I have no idea how to answer that question. As I’m sure I’ve written before (although I can’t put my cursor on where or when to link) when I was a systems […]

What’s it all for?

When I started blogtember, it was to kick start my writing again. And it’s worked – I’ve blogged every day in September. It also hasn’t worked, because sitting at the kitchen table at 11 o clock at night, drooping with tiredness and yet not willing to go to bed because I haven’t blogged isn’t doing […]

How do you deal with change when it’s you that’s changing?

I’ve been writing on this blog for 14 years. If you’ve been reading as long, you’ve travelled a moderately bumpy road with me – childbirth and rearing, pregnancy, lost pregnancies, in and out of work and career changes, my sister’s death, a move to a whole different county. More recently there’s been the autism thing […]

Autistic burnout/ regression/ inertia – it’s not just me.

A few weeks ago on twitter, I put out the following tweet Looking for resources on autistic inertia, burnout, regression particularly with reference to late diagnosis. Grateful for RTs — Jax Blunt (@liveotherwise) April 9, 2017 [Text reads: Looking for resources on autistic inertia, burnout, regression particularly with reference to late diagnosis. Grateful for RTs.] […]

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas – an #ownvoices review

Pre order The state of Grace at Amazon (affiliate link). I’d like to introduce you to a girl. We’re going to have to pop back in time to the last 70s for this one, but I’m sure we can make it. She’s kind of scruffy, not very fashionable. Tends to frown a bit when she’s […]

What Autism is

To me. (I can’t define it for anyone else. And if you don’t experience it, you do NOT get to define it for us or to draw us as suffering monsters. If you could refrain from that, that would be nice?) Back to me.  Actually I think you *can* see it in my face. It’s […]

A boy made of blocks by Keith Stuart

I kind of wanted to hate this book. Yet another story of an autistic boy, rescued from his lonely locked in state by some external power, this time in the form of a computer game. But I didn’t. I don’t entirely love it either. Repeated references to the autism scale, what is that? Spectrum, not […]

On autism, girls and school – commentary on a research article.

A friend linked me to this interesting research article, the experience of the hidden curriculum for autistic girls at mainstream primary schools. It got me to thinking, about autism, girls and things that are hidden in plain sight. The hidden curriculum under discussion here isn’t quite the same as the one that springs to mind […]

Let’s talk about the A word.

Maurice (Christopher Eccleston), Alison (Morven Christie) and Joe Hughes (Max Vento) in The A Word. Photograph: Rory Mulvey/BBC/Fifty Fathoms So. BBC one showed a new drama, The A word, last night about a family discovering their son has autism. It’s very well acted – unsurprisingly given it includes Christopher Eccleston on fine, if somewhat grumpy […]

On the edge of gone by Corinne Duyvis

January 29, 2035. That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter outside their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll […]

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