Understanding behaviors that support functioning of autistic people

Autism typical behaviors are often described as limited and restrictive. This enlightens quite well, how autism can appear to the outside completely different from what it feels inside. So far, I haven’t meet a single autistic person who would describe their autistic behaviors, beloved routines or order that brings them joy, this negatively. Clearly, what […]

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What makes ”neuropsychiatry-” terminology biased and misleading?

The term ”neuropsychiatry” is based on historical misunderstanding from a time when autism and other neurominorities were believed to be psychiatric conditions. Today, it fuels and keeps alive many harmful prejudices and misconceptions about neurominorities. Even so, it is still going on strong and is favored especially by neurotypical-identifying people when they discuss issues pertaining […]

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Autism and the essence of bad behavior

“Autism does not justify bad behavior” -folk wisdom- “After learning, what makes them special, some people indulge in autism. Now I am allowed to be just as autistic as I am, and others must understand.” (A so-called autism expert in Helsingin Sanomat 3.5.2023, translation mine) Takes such as these have been flying around lately among […]

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Chaos taming itself

To be human is to struggle with troubling emotions. To be autistic is to sometimes struggle with strange emotions that are difficult to understand or put into words. Many people still seem to believe that autists do not experience emotions, or at least deep emotions. I believe this prejudice also explains in part dehumanization of […]

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