In 1986, twenty-two years before my autism diagnosis, I had a chance to meet one of my musical heroes, George Michael. I hadn’t met George before, and the prospect of spending hours with him in the close confines of a recording studio thrilled and terrified me in equal measures. At around 10 pm that Friday evening, I was told that George was on his way to the studio and that I should make my way over. Immediately, the panic set in. My stomach began to churn with anxiety, and the excuses began as to why I couldn’t attend the session. Read More
Timothy Blossom sees the world differently to other people.
Barbara, Timothy’s mother, says this is due to his ‘special wiring’, a concept he struggles to understand – as does Bert Blossom, probably the grumpiest dad in East Winslow.
Timothy is twelve years, three months and five days old. He also happens to be the brainiest kid at Highcrest Manor School, but only when it comes to science. When it comes to tying his shoelaces, well… that’s another matter.
‘Officially Brilliant’ is about the year Timothy finds out he has Autism Spectrum Disorder. Or the ‘A-word’ as he calls it. It’s also about his blossoming friendship with, of all people, Adrian Wilkes; the single most annoying excuse for a human on the entire planet.
How will Timothy cope with the complexities of making friends and becoming a teenager?
Find out in ‘Timothy Blossom – Officially Brilliant.’ Read More
I used to hear people on the autistic spectrum say they do not wish to be defined by their autism, and until recently, I never really understood what they meant by this. Read More
Lets Talk About Autism StereotypesCLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEOOnce I overheard a doctor say; ”Oh, so he’s on the autistic spectrum…they are very high achievers you know.” Now that’s a doctor that needs to check her facts.So lets bust some other myths about autism.STEREOTYPE NUMBER ONEYes, I have a clinical diagnosis of high functioning autism. but does this mean I have a passion for science fiction? Absolutely no it Read More
One of my favourite activities, is spending a couple of hours in a café with a regular Americano and my laptop. It’s a great place to work these days, There’s something about the atmosphere of a nice café that allows me to be really creative and productive, as I write articles for this website and my up-coming book on autism On the down-side, some cafes can be a bit noisy and expensive! Whilst Read More
Auditory Processing disorder (APD): “Inability of the brain to process sound in the normal way.” Does everyone with Autism have Audio Processing Disorder? This article will not be a scientific analysis, or academic view of Audio Processing Disorder, or it’s relationship with autism. What this article will be is a personal account on the effects of this condition. In 2008, I was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism. This diagnosis shed Read More
AUTISTIC! is the term offensive? Should you call someone autistic? When I was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism in 2008, I was told that I was definitely autistic by the psychologist. I don’t know why, but the word autistic sounded like a throw back to the days when the word retarded was acceptable for people with a learning disability. In fact words such as retarded, abnormal and maladjusted were used to describe children like me Read More
Important info for autistic drivers! Inform the vehicle licensing authority in your country Please note that if you are a car driver that is on the autistic spectrum. You may need to inform the vehicle licensing authority in your country that you have a diagnosis. Here in the UK it’s the DVLA. I checked on their website the other day, and Autistic Spectrum disorder is one of the conditions they Read More