also we are perhaps a bit cavalier about just giving out our tumblr username
SURPRISE WE’RE ACTUALLY MORE THAN ONE PERSON
undergrad college: no autistic adult groups in the area, blank stares when you ask the health care center about anyone who has any experience with autism at all, a very active Autism Speaks U group
current college: people at the health center who acknowledge that autistic adults exist, free adult autism assessment (covered by insurance), no goddamn Autism Speaks, an autistic adult group just down the street (okay admittedly the Autism Society can be a bit weird too), talks about creating an ASAN group
BOY I’M GLAD WE MOVED
tbh i just want a story of a system so badly ill take what i can get, including possession
it’s funny, that sorta reminds me of how folks say that we’re just people who are ~so obsessed~ with pop culture interpretations of multiplicity that we’ve just decided to pretend to be plural ourselves
as if there is great representation abound, stories that treat every system member as an individuals, stories where it’s not either a Terrible Tragedy or just flat-out results in a serial killer.
(and actually, our interest in Fight Club came from us finding out it was about a multiple system. and part of that was just finding out that “oh hey it’s not just about dudes punching each other” but also like so many of our favorite series have been about multiple systems; the multi interest came first)
somehow “a character in this gets possessed” is enough to make me wanna watch the thing
tris-locked-inthe-tardis said: heyyo i was reading your post in #actuallyautistic about poor autobiographical memories, and it's really bad that nt's do that sometimes, but i was wondering what you're reading and if you could send me a link if it's online because i have really bad autobiographical memory and it stresses me out a lot, but i think science would help
tbh, all we did was google “autism autobiographical memory” and “asperger’s autobiographical memory”. there’s a few results, but nothing like… neatly summarizing things or anything.
I think this interview is about the most interesting thing we found: basically, in it they’re talking about that autistic people tend to have a harder time remembering specific incidents from their past, even if they can remember generalities about their past (such as “where i went to school” or whatever). This is the main study that the interview is talking about, if you’d rather look at that (and have access).
(And this is the article that we cited from specifically in that post.)
the other main find is this study. I’ll try to translate the abstract a bit to be more legible:
There isn’t much research about memory and autism; previous studies have just been with adults saying they don’t remember specific events very well. So, we studied one specific 8-year-old kid over a period of three years. We found that: 1) he remembered general personal knowledge that had happened in the same year about as well as neurotypical kids, but didn’t have as good of a general memory for previous years, and 2) he wasn’t as good as remembering specific details about events in either the same or previous year, but performed about as well as neurotypical kids in remembering specific events before that (since everyone forgets specifics about events after a few years). Then we make some weird conclusions about how remembering things requires verbal communication and social interaction.
so, it’s an area of autism that seems to definitely be A Thing, but there’s not really much research about it.
but yeah, it’s kinda stressful. we have really crappy autobiographical memory too, and we can’t tell if that’s more of an autistic thing or a multiple (/dissociative) thing, and those two things imply pretty different things about what we’re forgetting.
- Ace & Thomas
pastlifesystem said: Hello! I know you read lots of articles and stuff, but are there any books you would recommend about autism. Preferably something at an introductory level that doesn't use a ton of jargon. We like learning but have trouble reading. --Dante
we’ree actually not sure? most of our info about autism, the good info, has come slowly from the #actuallyautistic tag and other such autism-focused blogs. we hear Loud Hands is good, tho we haven’t had the chance to read it yet. i guess from experience the only book i can really recommend is Thinking in Pictures, which if you can get past Grandin’s pretty universalizing statements (eg “all autistics think in pictures”, which isn’t true) and functioning labels abound, gives a good summary of a lot of the different things that autism can encompass.
we’ll post this to the #actuallyautistic tag to ask if others have better suggestions. :V
- Ace & Thomas
Self-improvement is masturbation. Which we all know is the real reason why Tyler was working so hard to make the Narrator’s life better.
actually our favorite “stop making everything about socialization” is this one article about how hard it can be for autistic folks to learn how to drive
because, like, issues it didn’t mention: figuring out the spacial boundaries of the car, focusing on the road, filtering out information that’s unimportant to driving, anxiety, keeping track of all the things inside the car you have to do, like simultaneously keeping pedals down and changing gears and such, etc.
reasons it said autistics have trouble driving: it’s a social activity!! you have to know what other cars are doing, and also not take certain traffic signs too literally
like… we’re sure the latter is true for plenty of people, but it’s all the first reasons why we in particular can’t drive. and, moreover, our partner often struggles with the second set of issues, and she’s not autistic — those issues are from schizotypal
we’re actually thinking of writing this one paper we have to do about this phenomenon in the media. the “everything autistic folks have trouble doing is because it’s a social activity!” thing.
- Ace & Thomas
Reading stuff about poor autobiographical memory in autistic folks…
and oh my god, neurotypicals, not everything has to be about socializing.
“Autobiographical memories can help people connect socially with others, for instance by sharing intimate details about their past, something individuals with autism have trouble doing.”
- Thomas & Ace