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An insider’s view of ‘Special Interests’

If you’ve done any reading about autism you’ve probably come across the term ‘Restricted Interest’ or ‘Special Interest’. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V), which is used to diagnose autism defines special interests as ‘Highly restricted, fixated interests that are abnormal in intensity or focus (e.g., strong attachment to or preoccupation with unusual objects, excessively […]

Ten Things You Reject by Embracing Neurodiversity.

Neurodiversity is the notion, and fact, that human beings are neurologically diverse. The Neurodiversity Paradigm (to which I refer throughout this post) believes that there is no “right” or “normal” way to neurologically be; and that all neurologies are therefore valid. It believes that variations in human neurology, are a natural part of human diversity. […]

Embrace the label

I’ve read a few comments on various social networking sites from parents who are hesitant to pursue a diagnosis for their child because they worry about them being ‘labelled’ as autistic. I remember feeling that way myself when considering what was best for my 3 year old son. I’m no fan of the medical model, […]