Autism is an alternative way of thinking

The words we choose matter. Here is a awesome post giving us a great word choice to use when explaining autism

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“I usually say to the child, ‘Congratulations, you have Asperger’s syndrome, and explain that this means he or she is not mad, bad or defective, but has a different way of thinking.” Tony Attwood, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome

Autism (Asperger) is a different way of thinking?

Where once autism was thought to be abnormal (not ruling out that it might still be seen as abnormal by some), what I’m increasingly hearing nowadays is that autism is a different way of thinking. I don’t disagree with that (sorry for the double negative) but I still have a problem with the word ‘different’.

First, ‘different’ according to who? The neurotypicals (NT) see people with autism as strange and different but that is only one side of the coin. Fact is, the sentiment is mutual, autistic individuals see NT to be the strange and different one. What is different depends on which…

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5 thoughts on “Autism is an alternative way of thinking

  1. thats fine, but it makes it sound like a method that anyone can use.

    i dont know how accurate that would be. also you do think about things differently if youre autistic, but its not like *completely* different, its just different sometimes in some ways. i dunno, i think this description probably makes more problems than it solves, but i could be wrong, too.

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  2. For me, trying to explain what autism is to someone who knows nothing about it, it’s difficult to find the words. And I’m trying to explain a kiddo who is high support (I hate “severely autistic”). And I get what you’re saying choosing the way to think. I agree that could add confusion. Trying to explain autism is confusing for me sometimes. I don’t like calling it a disorder. He’s not brain damaged. It’s not a mental illness. We need better words & a better society that is more understanding. Its like when I try to explain fibromyalgia. People don’t understand. I don’t look sick, how can I be in pain all the time. I must be faking.

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