All of the blog posts, neatly arrange by year and category… neat
The last few months have been really great. My support setup is working well and i took some time of work to recharge a little after a few busy months.
I also had my 28th birthday. Here is some of the things i have been up to in roughly chronological order.
What I can do when I am staying with friends is a good way of seeing into the future.
A topic which comes up from time to time is around the difference between “Aspergers” or “ASD”. Diagnostically the difference is very small (age of speech development), however in other ways the difference is much more pronounced.
Many people might find it difficult to know if a room is the correct temperature. For example, parents of young children, or autistic people who have low sensitivity to heat.
I am autistic and i struggle to know if i am “too hot” or “too cold”, so i have built myself a mini tempreture gauge which shows me if the room is hot or cold in a visual icon based way.
It’s been a while since i updated, here is some of what i have been up too!
This post looks at how i manage the transition between the various places i sleep and how we have made the days less stressful and more productive.
The last month has been really positive. We’re really starting to see the positive outcomes which come from getting the right support in place.
Over the weekend i had the pleasure of contributing to the Autism Festival a Swansea. I had a really enjoyable time so i wanted to write a little about why i had fun and leave some thoughts about the content and wider angle the conference sent.
A few weeks ago we made some changes to my daily routine and they have been really positive. We sort of knew these changes where needed, but getting ill was a good catalyst to get the changes made. This post explores what changes we made and why.
The last few weeks have been very intense. This post tells the story of my recent trip to A&E.
I burnt myself, and this post explains how applying the social model helped me find an effective strategy to keep myself safer in the future.
Often its the little things which make the biggest difference to day to day life. In the last few weeks i have had a series of small achievements, so i wanted to share them here and give some context on why they are more meaningful than they appear.
This is a post about how i made it into town on the bus.
A short post about how i am using my iPad Pro for reading / working and communicating.
In the last two years i have had to develop a true "autistic" identity. This post looks at the main lessons i have learnt along the way.
This is my 6th week with the LD team looking after me and overall it is working well. I am just about stable and starting to get a good idea of what a sustainable output is. In some areas (like doing a weekly shop and my speech) the progress is really encoraging.
I’m writing this at 6pm on Friday, i wanted to get my thoughts written down before i headed to my freinds. I am suppose to be at my flat this weekend, but we cancelled those nights. I will stay with my friends so i can sleep better.
This post looks at how the last few weeks have gone. Some of the achievements, along with some of the remaining challenges.
I am happy my freinds are less stressed now the LD team is looking after me. I am also happy i can go shopping once a week and pick whatever food i want. I feel calmer and more stable and my speech is improving.
However, i really don’t like being trapped in my bedroom so much and i don’t really know what to do about it.
A short exploration of what elephants are and how i use them to shape my environment to meet my needs.
For the last 17 days we have been following a new support structure. The local learning disability and autism team have taken over my day to day support and taken the pressure off of my freinds.
Over the last week i have been amazed at how accepting and supportive the learning disability team are in how they work with me. This post explores why and how.
Today is my third morning since we started the new support plan and so far it’s going pretty well. To make it simple, for the first 5 nights the support person i know best has been looking after me and thats gone well.
My new routine starts tomorrow and it’s a bit scary but also very exciting. We are starting with 5 nights at my flat with the learning disabillity team looking after me.
My approach to the concept of masking and some the the thoughts behind it.