As a female who discovered she has Asperger’s, PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance), dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia in her late thirties, I have found that I am not an alien or weird, or even eccentric. I’m just wired differently. I’ve pushed myself very hard to try to fit in with “normal” people, modify my behaviour because it didn’t emulate everyone else and I have tried to conform.
But it’s just not me.
I have learned to strike a balance between functioning in society with society’s rules and being true to myself.
Through all this personal development and self-improvement and reflection I have been able to see life through both lenses, which means I’m able to translate for many non-Autistic people trying to understand some of the language and behaviours used by those with Autism (or Asperger’s) and try to help explain why they may react in a certain way in a given situation.
Work Colleagues, Friends & Family
I have found that I am able to help translate some of the behaviours and characteristics to non-Autistic people in words they will understand which can be very difficult for Autistic people to do themselves. This situation can be very frustrating for both parties, so it’s very rewarding that I can help to bridge that gap. Also I have helped a few Autistic adults to find ways to get their message across by helping them understand how to ask for what they want or what they need in the language of non-Autistic people to self-advocate.
My mission is to dispel the Autistic myths of superhero powers and savant characteristics, selfishness, sociopathy, laziness, stubbornness or supposed lack of empathy. It doesn’t matter which side you are on, I can help. Whether you think someone ignores you or can’t get a job, I can help.
If you would like this translation or interpretation service, please contact me. I work very much on a case by case basis. If you have met someone with autism, you’ve met someone with autism. Everyone is different and is wired differently.
I also have a copy of the test created by Dr Simon Baron-Cohen used by psychiatrists to score you or others to establish if they are likely to be able to receive a formal diagnosis. It’s incredibly hard to get a formal diagnosis in UK as a teen or adult as people with ASD have already started masking and mimicking. It’s even harder if you are high functioning and have been able to hold down a job, get married, have a family, buy a house etc.
Let me know if you’d like me to run through the test with you so you have a good idea of where you are on the spectrum. It can help to answer a few questions for you.
NB: It is NOT a formal diagnosis and will not help you to get any benefits or help from other organisations. I am NOT a psychiatrist.
I also have a presentation I can give as training/information to groups.
Please click below to access free videos that might help with some communication and behaviour explanations:
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For more information or to book; please contact Sam here:
email: firstname.lastname@example.org mobile/text/WhatsApp: +44 (0)7973 490150
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