Dude, I’m an Aspie. Kid’s Edition – Matt Friedman
At the beginning of this blog, I wrote about how I would read all kinds of autism/SEND books regardless of my own biases towards the type of book. I am well aware of my bias against ABA, but another one I have is for books written by those self-diagnosed as autistic. I do not consider it possible to diagnose yourself. I consider it suspecting, and I believe that the distinction is important – especially as I have had self-diagnosed individuals tell me that I am not autistic because, as a female, I present with some very stereotypical autistic traits…. I am aware I have a bias against people who self-diagnose, and particularly those who then write about “Neurotypicals and Autistics” in some kind of dichotomous way…because these people could be Neurotypical themselves so I think it’s quite hypocritical. It is this aversion that has put a lot of books on my “I’ll read it later” pile – and this is the first one to come off the top.