An Autistic Language Strength, And An Example Of Bias In Autism

An autistic language strength, and an example of bias in autism research (From the AAAS Meeting) All the #NeurodiverseSTEM Chats in One Place, At Last!Tags:#2015, #stem, Search:2015, stem, In 2015, Elizabeth Bartmess, Diana Crow, and I co-ran the #NeurodiverseSTEM Twitter chats, a biweekly forum for discussing the circumstances of neurodivergent people in STEM fields. Elizabeth Storified each session, but there was no landing page for all, and only, #NeurodiverseSTEM chats. Until now!Chat #1, 02/20/2015Chat #2, 3/13/2015: How Our Neurodivergence Affects Our STEM Perspectives, and Vice VersaChat #3, 3/27/2015: Barriers to Advancement in STEMChat #4, 4/17/2015: CommunicationChat #5, 5/1/2015: ND and STEM as Dual IdentitiesChat #6, 5/15/2015: Science communicationChat #7, 5/29/2015: Including neurodivergent perspectives in researchChat #8, 6/12/2015: Technical and scientific writingChat #9, 6/26/2015: Executive Function and WorkflowChat #10, 7/17/2015: MentoringChat #11, 7/31/2015: NetworkingADHD Tipping Points: Why people with ADHD suddenly seem to fall apart, and what you can do about itTags:#2015, #stem, #adhd, #coach, #laurie, #tipping, #many, #people, #diagnosed, #often, #they, #school, #work, #their, #point, #what, #call, #this, #these, #able, #function, #long, #longer, #cause, #life, #points, #because, #have, #with, #traits, #them, #physical, #social, #person, #like, #also, #that, #hard, #when, #from, #adult, #changes, #other, #environment, #level, #example, #student, #move, #less, #time, #more, #even, #help, #thus, #activity, #college, #sleep, #transition, #over, #your, #develop, #expect, #change, #ability, Search:2015, stem, adhd, coach, laurie, tipping, many, people, diagnosed, often, they, school, work, their, point, what, call, this, these, able, function, long, longer, cause, life, points, because, have, with, traits, them, physical, social, person, like, also, that, hard, when, from, adult, changes, other, environment, level, example, student, move, less, time, more, even, help, thus, activity, college, sleep, transition, over, your, develop, expect, change, ability, In a recent webinar, ADHD coach and mother of an ADHD son Laurie Dupar introduced the concept of a tipping point. In her coaching practice, Laurie met many people diagnosed as adults as late as middle age. Often, they had functioned well in school, at work, and in their relationships, until their lives suddenly seemed to fall apart–at which point they were finally diagnosed. Laurie developed the concept of a tipping point (similar to what I call hitting the wall) to describe this phenomenon. She then looked for patterns in her clients’ lives to explain why these bright, successful adults were able to function so well for so long, and then suddenly could no longer do so.Like a domino, a tipping point can cause many areas of life to fall apart at once.Tipping points occur because undiagnosed people have always had an ADHD brain with ADHD strengths and weaknesses. However, these traits may have never disabled them before because they found ways to compensate, and their physical and social environments allowed them to do so. To the person with ADHD, a tipping point may feel like one is falling apart. It might also feel like confirmation that one wasn’t good enough and was just pretending all along–now it’s finally caught up with me, and everyone can finally see I’m just faking being good enough. In reality, a tipping point does not reflect a person’s intelligence, hard work, or competence. It simply reflects that new life circumstances make it impossible to compensate for, manage, and hide one’s ADHD traits. When capable adults can no longer cope, and their strategies either no longer work or actually become counterproductive, their ADHD may suddenly become obvious.Laurie argued that the best way to deal with tipping points is to predict them in advance and head them off before they begin. Tipping points involve so much pain and confusion that it can be easier to prevent them than to cope with them.Laurie most often sees tipping points when:A child moves from elementary school to middle school, middle school to high school, or high school to college.An adult gets promoted at work.An adult marries, or has a new baby.An adult woman goes through menopause.Life changes that can trigger a tipping point include:Changes in physical environment. Moving to a new home or a new workplace can trigger a tipping point. We often overlook the importance of the light, sound, crowding, traffic flow, and other factors of the physical environment, but they can impact us both directly (in terms of comfort and distraction) and indirectly (in terms of making productivity routines easier or harder to implement).New life roles. When a child transitions from one level of schooling to another, they face new expectations for organization, social, and academic functioning. For example, a new middle school student must move between

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