Autism awareness, autism acceptance and why I am not participating in Autism Awareness Week

Jigsaw puzzle pieces Monday 30th March to Sunday 4th April 2020 is Autism Awareness Week with Thursday 2nd April being Autism Awareness Day. I am autistic and I will not be taking part. Here's why: ABA therapy ABA therapy,(Applied Behaviour Analysis) often rebranded as PBS (Positive behavioural support) or EIBI (Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention) is …

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Invalidation: 9 ways of belittling people

Judgmental ways of communicating   Ordering you to feel differently Get over it Don't be so sensitive Ordering you to "look" differently Don't look so serious Don't look so proud of yourself Denying your perception, Defending You've got it all wrong But of course I respect you Trying to make you feel guilty while invalidating …

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Abuse

Sex abuse and particularly the sexual abuse of children has been in the news this week. Tuesday, the news was that Michael Le Vell  has been found not guilty on charges of child abuse. More on this later. Wednesday, news from India that a gang of 4 were convicted, and faced being sentenced to death, …

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