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REVIEW | George by Alex Gino

CrankyAutistic

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BE WHO YOU ARE. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part. . . because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte – but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

REVIEW:

Okay, this received a rarity: a five star rating. All reviewers know just how difficult reviewing a book that you adored can be so I’ll try my hardest to make at least a little bit of sense.

This…

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Dear Neurotypical friends…

the silent wave

I may have a social disability.  I may say or do things that seem strange to you or put you off or leave you wondering.

This could–and sometimes does–lead to misunderstandings and unnecessary hurt feelings, on either side–or both sides.

I want to be your friend.  It’s just that aspects of life that the general population may take for granted as natural and intuitive are, for me, anything but.  Aspects like communication (whether verbal or by way of facial expressions and/or body language), socialization, etiquette, and so on and on and on.

It’s not you; it’s me.  Well, actually, it’s our intersection.  It’s not a character flaw, just a neurodevelopmental variant.  It happens, and it’s OK.

I’ll explain.  In fact, I’ll provide you with a mini-handbook, a roadmap to the inside of the social areas of my brain.

I’m just not into gossip.  I’m not into hearing about people I…

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Stop thinking you’ll get by on your high I.Q. | Penelope Trunk Careers

My son’s I.Q. is in the top .05% of all preschoolers, but he attended preschool in a special education classroom. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism typified by a distinctly high I.Q. and a notable lack of emotional…

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An Autistic Guide to Navigating Transport Issues

Queerly Autistic

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There was due to be a city-wide strike on the London Underground system today. Luckily, it was called off at the last minute due to some eleventh hour breakthroughs in the discussion between unions and bosses.

I say lucky for several reasons. The main reason being, of course, that hopefully some headway has been made in solving the initial complaints of the staff. As someone who travels on the Underground every day, I have seen the kind of abuse that these people face, and the worsening understaffing that is making it even more dangerous and difficult to do the job they are probablly not paid a huge amount to do anyway. No matter how difficult a strike such as this makes my life, they are the backbone of the fight for workers rights and I salute and support every dammed one of them.

But this brings us to another reason…

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When the Jobs Isn’t Glamorous

An Atypical Fairy Tale

Flight attendants, cabin crew, air hostesses, stewardesses, trolley dollies, galley hags…whatever you call us, we tend to be seen as these glamorous group of people who live the most amazing life. And trust me, most of the time, that’s true. I have to say, I have the best job in the world; I get to travel across the pond to spend a day exploring to my heart’s content. I go out with my coworkers for dinner and drinks while getting paid. I get to meet tons of people of all walks of life and spend up to eight hours with them. Usually, they are so nice and can give me things to do (if they’re locals); sometimes, though, they are a whiny bunch and don’t understand that there’s certain things I just cannot do for them.

  • I cannot work on the Wi-Fi while we are in flight. If it stops…

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Trapped In A Cage Of My Own Making

An Aspergian's Chemical Romance

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but you know what I’ve done

I could try to hide, try to run

but I’d be wasting our time

I might as well confess

then at the crest of the truth

I sink down and swallow

Another green lie

Another blue deception

I’m falling for you out of desperation

the water swirls around my mouth

the disco turns silent now

and the chorus of discord

rings in my head so loud

confusing

contradicting

I am animal

trapped in the cage of my own making

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The Autism Costume 

Cambria's Big Fat Autistic Blog

I have been trying to find realistic portrayals of autistic women on television and in movies. Trouble is, I can’t seem to find them. This troubles me. All of the portrayals I have come across have been, to a certain extent, somewhat stereotyped and basically somewhat some neurotypical’s experience of what “autism” is supposed to look like. It’s as if they are putting on the Autism Costume, a stereotypical portrayal of what somebody else thinks autism looks like. 

How do I explain the Autism Costume? Well, basically, the Autism Costume was initially set by Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of autistic individual in “Rain Man.” Ever since, the Autism Costume has been, more or less, dominated by this portrayal. There’s hand-flapping. There’s no eye contact. There’s repetitive behavior. There’s fixations, and they’re always portrayed as near-psychotic. There’s bad fashion, dominated by comfort and sameness. Plus, there’s meltdowns. There’s always meltdowns. And…

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Barometers

the silent wave

Common on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum is the occurrence of Alexithymia, or the difficulty with identifying and expressing emotions. During the first steps of my journey of self-discovery through my freshly-realized autistic lens, I had no idea that I was among the Alexithymic.

In the earliest stages of learning, you don’t know what you don’t know.

And I didn’t know. I didn’t even think to question whether or not I was having trouble identifying and expressing my thoughts and emotions, because I assumed (there’s that word again) that I was successfully identifying everything that was there. I knew if I was happy, sad, scared, angry, wistful, grieving, remorseful, euphoric, excited, and so on.

I really thought I had a bead on things.

Heh.

The second steps of learning often involve discovering aspects of oneself that one was not previously aware of.

The realization, for me, was gradual. I slowly became aware…

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Hate Flows From The Heart

jake allen sharp

Hate flows from the heart and poison is on your lip

An arrow hits its mark as your venomous words drip

Feeding the fire with fuel, the flames grow and grow

The conflagration rages until it is out of control

And we wonder why we feel like we are always on the edge

We push each other ever closer to a dangerous ledge

We only want to hear echos of our own voice?

Is our moral compass based on the loudest noise?

Tolerance preached by the left, but is always contradicted

You don’t tolerate any view but the one you scripted

The most extreme views on both the left and the right

Flow from the same source, the enemy of the light

We become confident in our ignorance and think we know it all

Reinforced by popularity, but pride comes before the fall

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8 Things People with Mental Illness Want You to Know

in the mind of a therapist

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A mental illness is a disease that causes mild-to-severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior which results in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and happenings.  Most people believe that mental disorders are uncommon, which often lead to negative beliefs and false accusations about what exactly it entails.  According to the National Alliance on Mental Alliance (NAMI):

  • Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the US experience mental illness in a given year
  • Approximately 21% of youth aged 13-18 and 13% of children aged 8-15 experiences a severe mental disorder at some point in their life.

Needless to say, the notion that mental disorders are rare and likely “happen to someone else” is false.  When diagnosed with a mental illness, most people and their family members are not prepared to cope with the idea of having a mental illness and the emotional and behavioral turmoil that can happen with a…

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