I am autistic. You may also use neurodivergent or neurodiverse. I will not accept 'person with autism' or 'Aspergian' as descriptors. The latter is unacceptable because of the man—a Nazi collaborator who selected the children he deemed physiologically acceptable to protect within his study while the others were sent to die. In regards to the … Continue reading Journey Towards Wisdom: Narrative Shards That Have Impacted My Life
Not having effective strategies to cope with the trauma I encountered in my classrooms has impacted my teaching career more than any other issue I have faced. In 2005 Rice and Groves defined trauma as "...an exceptional experience in which powerful and dangerous events overwhelm a person’s capacity to cope." "Trauma is real." … Continue reading Trauma-Informed Teaching – Trauma Inducing Classrooms
Recently I began to listen to Angela Watson's podcast, Truth for Teachers. Each episode I listened to had valuable information and advice, but Episode 114: Seven Ways Teachers Can Push Past Imposter Syndrome was the one that made the most significant connections to my own experiences. Many people have experienced moments where they felt like a fraud. I … Continue reading Imposter Syndrome – As a Teacher – As a Human Being
The hardest part about convincing myself I'm allowed to write this story has been weighing what I want to say against the overwhelmingly negative representation of autism in the media.
I have a bone to pick about the way this person behaved. Marginalized people are often expected to defend their experiential learning and perceptions (people of various faiths, LGBTQIA, PW Disabilities, POC etc). When they express an opinion on Social Media, they are suddenly expected to provide a dissertation in support of their point of view.
If you ignore everything I've warned about here (and more I haven't even thought to mention), don't come whining to me when your finished product gets challenged. Don't whimper, "Damned if you do and damned if you don't," and expect me to have an abundance of sympathy.
Sentinel Intelligence is the ability to sense threats that are undetectable by most people. People with high intelligence and heightened anxiety are more likely to exhibit Sentinel Intelligence. It's connected to altruism and raised empathetic ability.
Planned Parenthood is targeted for defunding, as well as attacks by extremists, because 5% of their budget is spent on something a segment of the population morally disagree with. This same segment throw financial and personal support at Autism Speaks, including President Trump and Vice President Pence, when the result of finding a way to diagnose autism in the womb will lead to the same exact place. Children with autism will be aborted. The hypocrisy is aggravating. The fact these men appear to despise autistic people more than they openly hate abortion is terrifying.
We aren't a collection of quirks, stims, and sensitivities. We are real people with problems, like everyone else.
It's so bizarre that I'm not convinced a treatment that began in Nazi Germany with the torture of mentally ill and autistic people before their eventual murders is a good direction to take. Excuse me for thinking this treatment is torture when it was the foundation of Applied Behavior Analysis and Conversion Therapy used on LGBT people to try forcing them into being straight.