Note For Anyone Writing About Me

Guide to Writing About Me

I am an Autistic person,not a person with autism. I am also not Aspergers. The diagnosis isn't even in the DSM anymore, and yes, I agree with the consolidation of all autistic spectrum stuff under one umbrella. I have other issues with the DSM.

I don't like Autism Speaks. I'm Disabled, not differently abled, and I am an Autistic activist. Self-advocate is true, but incomplete.

Citing My Posts

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Executive functioning? What's that?

Apparently it is something I have trouble with. I know X needs to get done, and that Y needs to get done, and once I get started, I'm totally good. But remembering that it needs doing at a time when I can do it, actually starting, managing my time properly? Not so much. I have bursts of "DO ALL THE THINGS" time, like right now seems to be, and I have times when if it doesn't relate to an autistic obsession of mine, it's probably not getting done, and even if it is, I might not have it together enough to remember. The physical aspect is a non-issue. I'm actually a slightly- faster than average typist, which means that I can do most computer related stuff slightly faster than most, and much faster once you take into account the fact that I actually know how computers work. I have pretty good stamina. Really, I am extremely close to being autistic and NOTHING ELSE. (I say close because I've got some allergies, mild eczema, sensory weirdness, and apparently executive functioning issues. The sensory weirdness and the executive functioning seems to be sufficiently common that I'm not sure they really count as additional issues, though. Oh, and flat feet, plus my fine motor skills are cruddy at speed and my not walking into walls skills are crud, period. Still, not much of a much.) Essentially, there is nothing besides executive functioning failure or possibly depression that would have the effect I'm talking about, and depressed I am not. So logically, it must be executive dysfunction. Woooo knowing what the difficulty is. Now to cobble together the executive functioning to SOLVE it. Except.... whoops. That woule be the executive functioning I lack, wouldn't it?


  1. These are all fairly old blog posts from your point of view, and I've mostly been reading and absorbing them silently since stumbling onto your site from I-can't-actually-remember where. I'm not the best at speaking unless spoken to unless I have a direct context for opening a discussion and framing my thoughts--but,

  2. ...Well, oops. I didn't mean to hit publish on that, and was actually writing it with half a plan to delete it rather than post as I'd decided I didn't actually have anything productive to contribute. And that what I was about to say would be commandeering your own musings/discovery in order to share my own, which, no. So, I apologize on both counts--for the incomplete comment as well as the original impulse that made me start it in the first place!

    Since I have made my presence known, though, I would like to say that I've been learning a lot
    I've also been enjoying myself, in the way that hearing other people be passionate about something--be it autism or random French textbooks or research or human rights or what have you--has always been enjoyable for me. So thank you for both. :)


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