Questions 3: Autism and You

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Let’s kind of finish out the weekly topic by opening the floor.  I’m still deciding on if I’m going to make a post about a character that I’m thinking of doing.  This is my next big hero who may be autistic since he had similar behaviors, but not enough that I think he would be on the spectrum.  Anyway, that’s not what this post is about.  This is about what you know or thought you knew.

  1. What is a myth about autism that you once believed?
  2. What is something about autism that surprised you?
  3. What is your experience with autism?

The reason I’m doing these questions is because I think people have more experience with autism than we realize.  There are many misconceptions that go around too, so knowing what other people know can help.  I’m sure these can come off as personal, so I don’t expect people to leave their comfort zone to answer.

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Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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11 Responses to Questions 3: Autism and You

  1. crazywitch25 says:

    Hm, I was in special education. We didn’t have the “autism” label then. Everyone who was abused, for example, and cried about it simply had “ADHD.” Anxiety was also “ADHD.” Depression was “ADHD.”

    The Autism trend is equally encompassing. They made it the “cool” disorder where people have magical gifts to make up for their problems. True autism is genetic, and it’s not that common. People like their children being called, “autistic” instead of “retarded.” A lot of people who are labeled as “autistic” are feral. It’s reaching the black population at this time, and they are trying, our overlords, to blur it away.

    I was half-way feral due to abuse and other things. It makes it so that higher functions don’t develop in the same way. People try to nail us for flaws like our lack of self-control. It’s like, sorry, I was foraging. I had a weaker brain to start with, and that is genetic. It made it so that I was abused more. And in reality, being feral lead to me surviving quite a bit.

    What can I say? We evolve just like they wanted.

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  2. crazywitch25 says:

    You can’t explain anything to these people. Their place in society made them more lovey and peaceful. And they label us as dead and weak. We sin. Again, you can’t explain or talk with these people. They are the ones in caves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQrIbBqV2Ew

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  3. crazywitch25 says:

    I love when those in high society try to copy or use us to break social customs for themselves. The CIA needs to regroup. And yes, the low caste female is a problem. We cause issues everywhere because we have the worst social position. I tried to settle by reading and writing, working small jobs. The word we try to use is “compromise.” The high classes or high status women make moves and pretend like I can, too. We’re like, if I do that, I’m going to die, but never explain. Do you know anything about Islam? Saying that you’re partnering or having sex with Allah is forbidden. They attempt to blur it “Yallah.” The CIA is playing video games with them, too. Look at these women’s faces. Even we heathens don’t feel pity at that point. We’re shocked. It’s like, someone has to kill her. Excuse my “extremism.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAeaMLyv46M

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  4. crazywitch25 says:

    Continuing on my rant, but it’s not even a feeling of hate. It’s like some sort of embarrassment and awkward, she must have serious issues. Let’s just get rid of it and not say anything. After she makes friends while she swims with sharks, we pretend she never existed. Back to work and family life, right?

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  5. People can have very narrow expectations of what is “normal” development for their kids, and if the kid doesn’t fit exactly into that slot, the parents become frantic and search for an answer. Different answers are circulated at different times in history. Right now, Autism is the answer parents seem to be looking for.
    At the school where I work, most of the parents are very well off. They got that success by conforming to social expectations, and they want their kids to conform as well. So rather than accept their kids are quirky individuals, or working with them on the problem areas, they search for an explanation.
    Some of them think Autism is it. As one of your other comments mentioned, in the years before, everything was ADHD. I fully expect that by the end of 2021, everything will be Depression. It just underscores that people should not try to make their own diagnosis based on brief Internet reading, and should take their kid to actual doctors.

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    • Part of narrow expectations comes from milestone systems. These designate when a child is supposed to gain a skill, but it ignores individuality.

      As for autism being the mew ADHD, I’m not really sure how to explain where my stand. The other commenter definitely didn’t help me because of their aggressive nature. I am a little concerned hearing people almost shrug off or doubt the rise in autism diagnoses. Are some of them wrong due to parents pushing for excuses? Yes, especially with families who want an internal, medical reason. These aren’t the norm though. We’ve come to understand autism more over the years, so we’re able to diagnose better. Many of those I grew up with who were medicated for ADHD as a child turned out to be autistic when they got tested as adults. By seeing it as a spectrum instead of a one size fits all, you can identify more people who would otherwise fail to get the support that they need. I’m confused on if people are actually getting services and IEPs without doctors where you are. I thought that was impossible. You have to jump through a lot of hoops here. For my son, who is high functioning, it took us 6 years for him to be categorized as autistic. It was behavior and speech delayed prior to that even though teachers noted he had autistic tendencies.

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  6. Wow! Seems like a hot button topic. I don’t even have a basis to comment on this one.

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  7. Victoria Zigler says:

    1. That people with autism are always the same ehaviourwise; I didn’t realize at first that there was such a wide spectrum.
    2. Just how different people with the same medical issue/disability can be. I don’t know why, since I should have known given my knowledge of how that works with different types of sight loss, but it did.
    3. As it happens, I’ve had interactions with several different autistic children. Although, at this point only two of them are now adults, and only one of those I’ve had anything to do with since they became an adult. I babysat for a high functioning autistic child when I was a teenager (this is the one who is now all grown up that I still have some interaction with). His Mother later married someone with a son closer to the other end of the scale (though I haven’t had more than a few interactions with him). Also, a friend of my Mother has two grandchildren – from the same one of her children – who are at opposite ends of the autism spectrum, who I’ve had some interaction with. Plus, the eldest child of one of my neighbours where I used to live is autistic, though I’m not sure exactly where she falls on the spectrum… Closer to high functioning than not, I think, judging by my interactions with her, but I could be wrong.

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    • 1. That myth keeps causing trouble. I’ve noted that even people with autism can believe it.

      2. As humans, I think we like to generalize things. It makes understanding easier and favors our species’ difficulty in social/mental adaptation. It also makes these issues appear less challenging from the outside.

      3. That’s a lot of experience. Most people don’t have that.

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      • Victoria Zigler says:

        True on all counts. Even people with a lot of experience with certain disabilities or illnesses don’t know nearly half what there is to know though. For example: I feel I’m a bit more qualified to talk about vision problems, since I have an insider’s point of view, but even that I don’t know it all, because there are different stages of sight loss, different experiences of losing it, etc.

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