TL;DR – Gender and Age Differences in the Core Triad of Impairments in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Reference: Van Wijngaarden-Cremers, P., van Eeten, E., Groen, W., Van Deurzen, P., Oosterling, I. and Van der Gaag, R. (2013). Gender and Age Differences in the Core Triad of Impairments in Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(3), pp.627-635.   What? A meta-analysis of studies into the…

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TL;DR – Meeting the Common Core State Standards for Students with Autism

So many journal articles - once published - just sit on a shelf and never get read by the very people who might benefit from any practical information gained by the research. That's without thinking about the additional barrier often posed by overly complicated language or terminology. Research needs to be done for a purpose,…

Cuts, cuts, cuts…

I imagine that a similar situation is playing out in other countries around the world right now - but this week for me has been a week of watching the funding for services for people with special educational needs or disabilities get cut. I left my job working in a school because I could no…

Double standards confuse me…

I came across a post a while back that I was reminded of earlier today, that discussed various different trackers or alarms to alert people when people with autism or alzheimer's or general dementia were at risk of wandering. The post itself was not what interested me the most - rather the comments in response…

Where are all these resources?

I've seen comments online a few times that basically say the same thing "There are loads of resources for low-functioning autistics/autistics with intellectual disabilities and nothing for the rest of us". That's usually then qualified by them not liking functioning labels and so on but you get the general idea. What I want to know…

Lack of empirical evidence

There are some places online within the autism community where it would appear that if you don't follow that particular group's hive mind towards certain methods like Rapid Prompting Method - you might as well just not go there. For those who don't know, Rapid Prompting Method is a method of communication devised by Soma…

Positive Stereotypes

There seems to be a slight shift recently in the types of news stories involving autistic people. Granted there are still a significant number that focus on everything negative associated with autism, but there's a different type of article beginning to make an appearance. The stereotype of autism and STEM. This upsurge could perhaps be…

Silencing his voice

Those who know me know that I have recently moved to employment out of the education system because I found myself completely disillusioned with education, particularly the provision for Special Educational Needs where I predominantly worked during my career in education. I could write any number of posts discussing various issues I saw during my…

Interoception and 2L bottles of water

Being hyposensitive to your interoception is pretty damn awful. Or at least for me. I don't know how anyone else feels about it - for me it's pretty damn awful. It's not a very well known sense, although now we know a bit more and vestibular and proprioception, interoception is getting a bit more attention.…