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What Are “Spoons”, And Why Don’t Autistic People Have Enough Of Them?

“Spoon theory” is a concept coined by Christine Miserandino, who was living with lupus. It’s based around the idea that people with certain conditions, both physical and mental, have much less stamina than your average person when it comes to getting things done. Christine used “spoons” as a metaphor for energy reserves. The idea is … Continue reading What Are “Spoons”, And Why Don’t Autistic People Have Enough Of Them?

Autism and Executive Dysfunction

Executive dysfunction is when someone struggles with things like multitasking, paying attention, and remembering things. It can be a symptom of various conditions, including autism. Executive dysfunction can make it difficult to — well, function! For many of us, it’s one of the reasons why we struggle with everyday life. Things like holding down a … Continue reading Autism and Executive Dysfunction

Alexithymia and Autism

Wikipedia defines alexithymia as “the subclinical inability to identify and describe emotions experienced by one’s self.” It’s estimated that 1 in 10 people suffer from it, but it’s much more common among autistic people. Symptoms include: Finding it hard to talk about your feelings. Not understanding other people’s feelings and thinking that they’re always overreacting. … Continue reading Alexithymia and Autism

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