In my role as an educator (teacher, man. You’re a teacher) a surprisingly large amount of my time is taken up by meetings. I understand that sometimes a meeting is necessary to disseminate some edict from on high or to make sure that everything is as it should be. Some meetings, however, feel utterly unnecessary.Continue reading “On Meetings”
I was watching Taskmaster which, this year, features the Scottish comedian, Fern Brady. She recently, well as recent as the start of 2022, announced that she had Asperger’s Syndrome and was autistic. She has also made comments about the effect that masking her autism has had on her life, career and mental health. It wouldContinue reading “Masking”
The death of Queen Elizabeth II last week has left me thinking about reactions to grief. Specifically, how a person with Autism may react to losing someone they loved. As the news broke on Thursday afternoon I was left feeling sad but nothing I could describe as grief. Afterall, I had never met the QueenContinue reading “On Grief”
I thought it might be fun to look at an online summary of characteristics of a person with Asperger’s and then painstakingly go through each one to see if it applies, while providing a minimum of one example. Because, well, why not. But mainly because I have been looking at symptoms of ADHD today. IContinue reading “Characteristics of Asperger’s”
This blog is a perfect example of what it means to be hyper-fixated by something but for that to be a passing phase. At the start of the blog, when I first had the idea, spent time researching and had a plethora of ideas, there were frequent posts. These posts covered a range of topicsContinue reading “Passing Hyper-Fixations”
Apparently, one early indicator that a person may be living with autism is that, from an early age, they chew on their clothes or other inedible objects. This is something that I would do. I would chew on the string that tightens the hood on some hoodies. I would chew on the corner of someContinue reading “On Sensory Matters”
Being a Cog and Seeing the Machine I have spoken about work in previous blogs and how this apparent autism has an, often, negative impact on my productivity or on meeting certain expectations. By their very nature jobs want you to jump through certain hoops. They want you to perform certain actions in a certainContinue reading “The Cog and The Machine”
Apparently, my son was talking to his mother and described me as “the complete opposite of a regular person”. I was not sure how to take this. I was reassured that he said it as a term of endearment. Though initially it seemed like a negative thing. Does this mean that my ability to “mask”Continue reading “Complete Opposite of a Regular Person”
Things I like about Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. My better half suggested that I write a blog about the positive aspects of having ASD or Asperger’s Syndrome. I have always found these posts difficult to write as they aren’t so much ‘what do you like about…’ more ‘what do I like about me’. Asperger’s, ifContinue reading “Things I like about my Autism”
Working in education means that a lot of what I do is based around the education of students more than actually educating them. This basically means a lot of time is spent doing the following: attending meetings about data, filling out countless spreadsheets to track attendance, progress, engagement, target and expected grades, intervention and marksContinue reading “On Executive Functioning and Autism”
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