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During the making of Are You Autistic, a fresh documentary from Channel Four, 750,000 people finished an online survey to assess how many might unknowingly be on the autistic spectrum.
And the results were pretty surprising.
Of those who finished the survey, 87,000 had results indicating that they could well be autistic – a figure that equates to more than one ter ten of the participants.
That’s a big number.
More than half of them were women, which is astounding when you consider the generally accepted masculine to female diagnosis rates for autism.
Figures vary widely across studies but, te , the National Autistic Society wasgoed providing support to autistic adults at a rate of three masculines to every one female.
Whichever way the gender cookie crumbles, it’s clear that autism almost certainly affects more people than wij everzwijn thought.
‘Are You Autistic’ is introduced by trainee human rights lawyer Georgia Harper and artist Sam Ahern, both of whom are personable, slim – and autistic.
It’s refreshing, not to mention unusual, to see a programme about Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) being introduced by ‘actually autistic’ people (if you search Twitter for the #actuallyautistic hashtag you’ll find explosions of us talking away – it’s a brilliant resource).
The lead presenter is Anna Richardson, who is personable and unobtrusive and lets the main characters speak for themselves.
Wij go after musician and rapper JP Horsley, formerly of R&B group Big Brovaz, and mum of three Jo Hoskins spil they go through the assessment process to find out whether they, too, might be autistic.
Learning how to help and support his son, who is autistic and non-verbal, has made JP question whether he too may be on the spectrum.
I asked him what made him suspect he may be autistic himself and whether taking part ter the programme had bot a positive practice.
‘I went to guardería ter America, and it wasn’t until I commenced that I spotted the vast difference inbetween myself and other children ter my class.
‘I couldn’t get comfy or make friends, and it caused mij superb anxiety when I attempted to speak te schoolgebouw.
‘The parvulario teachers didn’t know much about autism ter the early 80s, but they’d often point out to my parents that I wasgoed ‘in my own world’ a lotsbestemming of the time and ‘not participating with the surplus of the children’.
‘I’d hear people speaking about my lack of interaction, but I wasn’t te a position to explain my anxieties.
‘My eldest son, Richard-Michael, wasgoed diagnosed spil autistic at two years old.
‘While going through the diagnosis process with him, I knew I had the same symptoms that the specialists were pointing out to us spil autistic traits.
‘I didn’t know how to go about getting diagnosed spil an adult, so it wasgoed truly a bliss when Channel Four had asked mij to participate ter this documentary.
‘Even then, I wasn’t sure if autism or my autistic traits were still detectable te mij at 38 years old. So, for mij, it wasgoed more about spreading autism awareness to the universal public.
‘And, I suppose, from a individual standpoint, I wished to prove a ‘genetic link’ and vertoning the similarities inbetween my son and I.
‘My son and I have always had a brilliant relationship built on love and understanding.
‘I’ve always bot able to get through to him and communicate even however he is still non wordy at ten years old.
‘I’ve always bot utterly observant of him, so I know what he likes and dislikes. Wij are literally two peas te a pod.
‘The assessment process has helped mij understand myself a lotsbestemming more and the reasons why I structure my life and relationships te such a rigid, and sometimes uncompromising, manner.
‘I think of myself spil a perfectionist, and I don’t cut corners with anything.
‘I still have anxieties when outside of my convenience zones, but I like to challenge myself and prove that I can do anything I set my mind to.
‘I have never felt spil convenient te my own skin spil I do now.’
Jo, meantime, says she has always felt ‘different’ and wants to detect whether autism may be at the root of why she fights to getraind ter.
‘It wasgoed only through my own research that I recognised some of the symptoms [of autism] te myself.
‘My son, James wasgoed diagnosed when he wasgoed eight and, until then, I didn’t indeed know anything about it.
‘I commenced going to support groups and spent ages on the internet attempting to find out spil much spil possible.
‘The more I read, the more I thought it sounded like mij. It had never crossed my mind that James and I might have the same condition, partly because I mistakenly thought that autism wasgoed a ‘male’ thing.
‘When I wasgoed about 20, I wasgoed diagnosed with depression and anxiety.
‘I had recently commenced a indeed good job te a handelsbank, but it wasgoed with a large team of women and I just couldn’t getraind te.
‘They attempted hard to include mij ter conversations, but I felt so awkward and my work began to suffer.
‘When James wasgoed born, I wasgoed also diagnosed with postnatal depression.
‘I took medication, spil wasgoed recommended, but hated it so came off them after a duo of months.
‘Then, around two years ago, I went back to the GP to talk about my anxiety and wasgoed prescribed more medication and wasgoed recommended to give yoga and mindfulness a attempt.
‘I hated the side effects of the pills so quickly talent them up, but did have a go at more complimentary therapies.
‘I actually love them now because it makes mij have some quiet time for myself.
‘[going through the assessment process] did help mij, certainly te terms of understanding the scientific reasons why I do some of things I do and why have difficulties with certain things.
‘It also made mij realise that not all go my behaviours are negative. I’m always on time, I always give an fair opinion and I’m a very loyal friend.’
‘It’s permitted mij to feel comfy te my own skin and has given mij the confidence to be fair about when things are harsh for mij.’
Across the programme wij hear from autistic people about how ASC affects them and what influence it has on how they are perceived by others.
What is noticeable via is just how hidden autism can be, especially ter women.
A group of women hold a speed dating event with guys who don’t know anything about them and who are visibly taken aback when they detect afterwards that all may not be spil it seems.
While autism awareness is growing, opportunities for autistic people to spread skill about it themselves are still zonderling.
‘Are You Autistic’ is a significant, and positive, step forward.
‘Are You Autistic’ airs at 10pm Wednesday 28 March on Channel Four
Violet Fenn is a freelance writer and blogger. She can be found at Lovemaking, Death, Rock’n’Roll