But you don’t look like you are Autistic

I am nearly speechless every time I hear this.  Only nearly speechless.  I am never speechless.  The thoughts are constant and if they are not spilling out onto the paper, then you can be sure they will be dashing into your airspace.  Well, where else are they going to go? So, what exactly, in yourContinue reading “But you don’t look like you are Autistic”

Let me try and translate.

During a recent training day which focussed on the presentation of girls and women with Autism, Tony Attwood discussed what he calls ‘the Italian traffic lights.’ Just as Italian drivers often seem to fail to recognise the red light, so autistic girls and women often don’t see the signals to stop. I have been thinkingContinue reading “Let me try and translate.”

Can I take this mask off now please? It hurts.

The thing about this mask, is that if it was working then it might be worth leaving it on, but it isn’t.  Well, that’s not entirely true. It works for a while but then I think that it starts to crack and sag. After 50 years of use it is not in very good shapeContinue reading “Can I take this mask off now please? It hurts.”

What you see and hear probably isn’t.

I had no idea that we weren’t all following the same script with the same rules. It will come as no surprise that I have made autism into my new special interest.  I have read 15 books, hundreds of articles and probably thousands of posts and tweets by women who are diagnosed, by women whoContinue reading “What you see and hear probably isn’t.”

Women with Autism – misdiagnosed and mis-understood.

Women with autism are being misdiagnosed and misunderstood. We need to talk about this. Would the real me please step forward?