Autism

Autism isn't an interest of mine. This is a page into which I may throw my autism knowledge and understanding, so that people can read this page instead of talking to me about it. Yay.

It may not be well written/organised because my aim is to spend as little time and effort on it.

Terms

Neurotypicals (sometimes abbreviated as NTs or nipicles) are people without a neurological developmental disability. Sometimes we just say "non-autistic" but that has a different meaning as there are other neurological conditions besides autism.
We have books about NTs, that help explain why "normal" people behave and talk in such strange ways.
ActuallyAutistic is a social media tag used by people who are actually autistic, because #autistic is used by non-autistic people to talk about autistic people (often unhelpfully).

Recommended Reading

If you ever want to understand NTs, I'd recommend A Field Guide to Earthlings[1] by Ian Ford, in which the author builds the layers of an NT mind out of understandable 'patterns' so we can all see how they work.
To the author, an autistic person is someone without many or all of those patterns. But I think autism is a bit more complicated than that. I don't think anyone, including autistic people know what autism really is yet though we've gotten good at tracking and naming our own patterns (e.g. "masking").
But certainly the mainstream understanding of autism can't see autism except through the lens of NT pathology (that is, doctors label anything different than the norm as an illness, assuming that they themselves are healthy and sane just because their patterns are shared by a vast majority).
If you're a non-autistic person trying to understand autism, you first need to understand your own strangeness.

I haven't actually read many books about autism, but if an autistic person presents me with a reading list that looks good, I'll link it here.

All of these links are to things by autistic authors. What non-autistic people have to say about autism is rarely worth reading. There are exceptions though, and if I find one I'll add it.


  1. I found it hard to read all the "plays", so I just read the "patterns" and that seemed to work out fine ↩︎

Freyr LePage

autistic, nonbinary, white, middle class

United Kingdom