Being Ordinary is Genetic – It’s Not Your Fault!
Autistic Girls Network Blog
by 30nine
4d ago
The book “The Autist’s Guide to the Galaxy – navigating the world of ‘normal people’” is written for neurodivergent people living among neurotypicals. Through facts, interviews, tips and tests, Clara Törnvall, diagnosed autistic in adulthood, provides the reader with insight into the world of ordinary, neurotypical people. Do you find it difficult to speak your mind, perceive details or find things that truly engage and interest you? Do you struggle in situations where others are silent? Do you use your imagination to reinterpret what others are saying? Do you think that most people mean som ..read more
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The Power of Belonging | A Case Study
Autistic Girls Network Blog
by 30nine
1M ago
Our daughter was a very happy baby and toddler. She was early to walk and talk. She made friends easily and played happily. She was full of sparkle and fun… until around year 4 at school. At this point she started to withdraw, finding the chaos of break times overwhelming. The demands of others to play as they wanted, the insistence on loud games and being pulled into conflict she did not want. It all became confusing and overwhelming. Her teacher said she was a confusing child, we had only ever had feedback of how bright, happy and gentle she was with others. Suddenly, things just didn’t mak ..read more
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Autistic Perspective: Violence Against Women and Girls
Autistic Girls Network Blog
by 30nine
2M ago
By Pippa Saunders Twitter/X: @autisticmedic Hello! My name is Pippa. I’m 24 and a medical student in my final year at Imperial College in London before I graduate as a doctor. I’m autistic, which I’ve always known really, and got my diagnosis last year with the help of my uni’s disability team! I unfortunately have an extensive personal history with what comes under the umbrella of violence against women and girls. I believe that some of this was targeted because abusers could recognise the vulnerability in my autism. This important but under-recognised intersection of issues facing wom ..read more
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Needle Phobia; autism and coping with blood tests and vaccinations
Autistic Girls Network Blog
by 30nine
2M ago
Isabella’s story We asked Isabella if she’d like to write something for AGN after we were initially contacted by her mum, experiencing a huge lack of support for her daughter’s needle phobia. Isabella had become more and more unwell, but all medical professionals said they couldn’t do anything further without blood tests. The problem was, nobody was supporting Isabella to be able to have the testing. From Isabella’s mum “She came home from university at Easter and after days of high temperatures she was told to go to A&E. It was here that an incredibly understanding Doctor listened ..read more
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Beyond the classroom: Understanding school anxiety for Autistic children
Autistic Girls Network Blog
by 30nine
3M ago
A parent and child exploration of school anxiety and how we’ve been tackling it By Joanna Hughes I’ve had a few requests to write more with my 11-year old daughter, Megan. This links to our first article on autistic masking if you missed it. I’m happy to oblige. I understand that enabling her voice to be heard provided an insight to the autistic experience which was helpful to others in better understanding the young people in their lives. It’s also been Neurodiversity Celebration Week, so it feels apt. And she was keen, so here you go… “My Autistic daughter LOVES going to school. She c ..read more
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Finding peace in an Autism diagnosis
Autistic Girls Network Blog
by 30nine
4M ago
By Laur Charleston Hello! My name is Laur and I’m a Zoologist and pre Vet from the UK. Alongside my interests in animal behaviour, welfare, and medicine, I am passionate about autism advocacy. After receiving a late-diagnosis, I am keen to share my story and experiences with others to raise awareness (coincide with the highs and lows) of life with a Neurodivergent Brain. The first Autism diagnosis dates to the nineteenth century; The revelation that Females can too be Autistic commenced later following the prevalence of masking and an understanding that Females conceal Autistic traits better ..read more
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Response to the recent UK Government’s School Attendance Campaign
Autistic Girls Network Blog
by 30nine
4M ago
– by Imogen Warner My name is Imogen, I’m 14 years old and in year 10. I was unfortunately traumatised during my primary school years and diagnosed with PTSD, which led to attendance problems for over a year and a half during year 8 and 9 – although ‘attendance problems’ may be an understatement, as I literally did not attend my school at all during that time. I’ve written this because I feel very strongly about attendance and how it is taught to students as something absolutely crucial, despite these ideals being unrealistic and oppressive toward neurodivergent students, such as myself. The ..read more
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Holding it Together with Your Autistic Young Person Through Exam Times
Autistic Girls Network Blog
by 30nine
4M ago
  It’s that time of year again when GCSEs and A levels loom closely (Highers have already happened for 2022 if you’re seeing this another time), and anxiety levels of teens rise. As we know, our autistic young people carry high levels of anxiety much of the time, being so often in environments that don’t support their needs, so all of the extra pressure right now is not helpful. So how can we help to keep things on a more even keel? Make sure suitable access arrangements are in place Access arrangements are reasonable adjustments made so that exam conditions are more equitable for pupils ..read more
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Backward Steps: the link between autism and EDS
Autistic Girls Network Blog
by 30nine
4M ago
Yesterday was a low steps day for me as part of Autistic Girls Network’s Million Steps Challenge. In part this was due to return to work, but more relevant was my decision to tackle the literal piles of paperwork relating to my child, and to reflect upon the profound impact that the failure of systems and services has had upon all of our lives. I’m not really sure where the best place to start is – perhaps, a bit like the paperwork, my recollection of events is jumbled and lacks chronology. So I’ll begin with a whole series of appointments that I had entirely forgotten about. Pain. Profound, b ..read more
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Behind the smile: Autistic masking at school
Autistic Girls Network Blog
by Joanna Hughes
4M ago
Jo Hughes is the author of Womaning Wisely. She wrote this post with and about her autistic daughter about school, masking and attendance from a parent and child perspective. My daughter is autistic. We found out 2.5 years ago, when she was 81. I have learnt so much from knowing her. She has changed my perspective on the world, and I sometimes weave that insight into my writing. But I always hesitate to talk about her, because her story is not mine to tell. However, this post was written with her and, a section of it, by her. It’s only a slither of an autistic experience, but it’s one we ..read more
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