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Welcome to Aut-Ish. A blog documenting my experiences as an autistic person. I will also cover: autistic news, media, my experiences, and tips for those who are either autistic or for autistic parents/carers out there!

Why is this blog called aut-ish? I am aware this title may give of many connotations. However, It’s simply just merging two words together. Autism and my nationality, which is Scottish.

I have been officially diagnosed in 2015 so I’ve spent the majority of my life being unsure of my difficulties. I’ve only recently found the world of various autistic communities and have befriended various autistic peeps! I have seen both sides of the communities. Both the awesome advantages, and the scary and infuriating side. I will occasionally delve into the controversial side of the autism world, but I mostly want this blog to be positive and to get away from most of the negative bs we see everyday on the web!

As always, I forgot to introduce myself! I’m known as “Onikage” online so feel free to call me that, or Oni for short! I prefer using my alias online. It makes it more consistent for my other media. I like creative things. Numbers scare me. I also like to wear colourful clothes (other days, baggy or black). I play video games as well and swear like a mofo. I hope you enjoy this blog and find it informative. I also hope it’s a useful gateway to find other communities out there!

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The Problem with Temple Grandin

Trigger Warning – May contain upsetting content, controversial discourse, and mentioning a controversial charity (not by name) and their enabling methods .

When I first did autistic research not long after my diagnosis, I stumbled upon an autistic icon. Temple Grandin. I have previously read a few of bits and pieces of her works here and there, but one book stands out to me, which is Thinking in Pictures.

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Autism Is A Spectrum, Not a Straight Line.

Autism, Asperger’s and “classic” autism have been merged into ASD quite a few years back. However, people are still exposed to outdated information. The internet makes it easier for it to find. This is worrying. Some people like the Asperger’s label as it describes them well, while others feel that one of these specific labels has to fit everyone.

This isn’t the case.  Continue reading “Autism Is A Spectrum, Not a Straight Line.”

Autistic Representation in The Media – Brick Heck (The Middle)

I used to watch this series a lot when it aired on Sky One. I thought it was funny and entertaining to watch. One character in particular is Brick Heck.

Now, Unlike The Good Doctor, Brick hasn’t got a specific diagnosis, instead he has traits. This is very common in TV shows, that way there is no specific labels. A recent article on Big Bang Theory about autistic labels mentions this topic. Continue reading “Autistic Representation in The Media – Brick Heck (The Middle)”

Personal Expression – Clothes

Autism hasn’t got a set look. The autistic appearance stereotype portrays them as “blank stares” “bad haircuts” and “weird” to put it kindly. It makes me sad to see this portrayed in the media time and time again.

Some autistic’s like to show their personality by wearing clothes and accessories. It makes them feel confident and not afraid to show themselves. Examples including bright colours or shiny things or loud patterns. Jeanette Purkis is one example. Here are some of her words below! Continue reading “Personal Expression – Clothes”

The Concept of Time

Some of us autistic’s love numbers. How they repeat like a pattern, how they add and subtract. I hate numbers. They scare and confuse me, so I don’t have the number loving mindset. I am also bad at maths.

Relating to numbers, is time. Time can mean various things to autistic’s. It can mean, routine, ritual, a pattern, a structure, progression. Time can also help plan future schedules and give an idea of distance between days. Continue reading “The Concept of Time”

Music and Sound – Sensory Analysis

Who knew that tones and vibrations can create such an impact for the human population?

Music is considered a stim for many. For others, a comforter. Music can generate many emotions and can set the tone for various scenarios, wherever it’s for a movie or in real life.

I will be mainly discussing how music impacts my life and what sounds effect me in a daily basis. From stims to sensory issues, let’s delve into the land of sound.

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Recovery Day – Self Care

We all have those days. Work becoming chaotic so you have to use your survival methods (ie – masking), A huge event like a gig that requires all of your energy to enjoy, and to endure (for example – sensory issues such as lights or crowds), or even just feeling the effects of a bad day.

Whatever the scenario, we all tend to feel like death the next day. Our brains are mush, sensory issues have increased or you might be clumsier than usual.

Here are some of my methods to recover the next day…

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My Thoughts On Male Brain Theory

The Male Brain Theory has recently been “confirmed”, and it has opened up new answers for the public. This theory has been lurking around for years and has only now received new information recently.

However, for someone who is autistic and know various autistic individuals and communities, I’d thought I’d express my opinion on this topic. Theories are still theories so I am allowed to express my opinion. Let’s get ready for some discourse! Continue reading “My Thoughts On Male Brain Theory”

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