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My PDA daughter did a thing. She made a podcast on being a PDA’er in school for a school assignment. As it turns out most of the accommodations that schools make are more for their sake than the PDA’er.
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Are you ready for some anecdotes about my hard-assed mother? This post has ’em! Are you ready for some child-rearing words of wisdom? This post has ’em! Are you ready for some solid info on qualified immunity? This post has it! Are you ready for some hard truths about policing in America? This post has ’em! Are you ready to call YOUR senators about the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act? This post is!
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Part of the issue of autism is the use of interpersonal emotions. Autistic people don’t use them well. They have emotions, but understand their role in communication. But, there is a role of intrapersonal emotions in the meltdowns that autistic people and people with pathological demand avoidance have because we rely on our emotional reactions to make decisions.
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April is Autism Awareness Month in the US. Here at Ye Olde Blogge, we do our part by posting what it is like being autistic and other insights that we have gathered over the years. Here’s an introduction and advice on how to handle friends, neighbors, and co-workers who are autistic or those who are having trouble accepting people with autism.
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Happy end of Autism Awareness Month! It looks like Zoom meetings are the great equalizer for us socially awkward autistics! With all the clumsy talking over one another, uncertainty about what to say when, doubt about what to do with your hands, questioning whether you’re lack of grooming will be noticed are all part of the everyday existence of many high-functioning autistic people. Now, we can all enjoy them!
Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that motivates us to pursue things we think will be pleasurable. It keeps us feeding at the trough. If the mesolimbic dopamine system is broken, we are not motivated to do anything. Could it be one of the drivers of Pathological Demand Avoidance?
I’ve been struggling to write something about Autism Awareness Month for a while. It is too wrapped up with grieving my mother and sister. So, here’s a short revelatory self-pitying piece about my messy autistic life.
In “Out of the Autistic Closet,” I recounted my experiences with autism and opined that it was a disorder of prediction. This article supports that approach.