Masking, a Spoken Poem

This is an article by Mark Berry Just a bit of Background to this I was sitting at my desk the other day trying to come up with a million more interesting things I could do instead of the boring task I was supposed to be doing, that’s ADHD dual diagnosis for you! Anyway, out…

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Autism, Personality Disorder: Misdiagnosis and Stigma

An article by Dr Judy Eaton introducing a new book and workshop around the misdiagnosis of people with Autism Autism, Personality Disorder: Misdiagnosis and Stigma https://help4psychology.co.uk/team/dr-judy-eaton/ Why too many Autistic female adults are getting wrongly diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Over the past twelve months , I have been writing another book, along with several…

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Parenting a Neurodivergent Child – Parent Perspective

This is an article I wrote for “Parenting Mental Health” a charity and support group for parents of children with mental health issues. Its easy to lose oneself in the daily struggles of being a parent to a child with mental health issues. This can have a detrimental effect on our own mental health, but…

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Understanding Autistic Relationships – Book

We’d like to signpost you to a new book we feel is very useful to help autistic people and professionals understand autistic relationships. N.B We have no finacial interest in this book. ——————– oooOOOooo ——————– Biography Felicity Sedgewick is Lecturer in Psychology of Education at the University of Bristol, with a research specialism in the relationships…

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ADHD, Autism and Me – My Journey to Hell and Back (Part 1)

Guest Blog Introduction by Ruth Williams Jeff Gawthorpe has been a regular panellist on our ADHD and autism courses over the past four years.  He has inspired and helped numerous individuals, from people trying to understand why they find certain aspects of their lives to be so challenging, through to healthcare professional seeking to learn…

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Exciting News……….

During lockdown 2020 Aspire Autism Consultancy were delighted to be asked to participate in the Different Minds podcast series. Different Minds is the brainchild of BBC journalist John Offord. Last year John decided to develop a fascinating podcast series to consider the nature of neurodiversity and discuss the unique experiences of neurodivergent individuals.  Over the…

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Names

An article by Alice Jorden, an autistic writer. If you were to look for quotes about autism, one of the ones you may find is this one by Chris Bonnello, Autistic Not Weird. “People argue about whether to call me ‘high functioning’, ‘mildly autistic’ / ‘a person with mild autism’, an ‘Asperger’s sufferer’, or ‘someone…

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I am Autistic

This is an article by Maya Berry I am autistic – very few people know that about me. I tend to keep it to myself for fear of what people will think. I’ve never necessarily felt different to those around me, however before my diagnosis, a small part of me knew I didn’t function the…

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The Importance of Clear Instructions during Childbirth

Kindly supplied by Caroline Corley Inspired by reading Laura’s article, I decided to share one of my funnier examples of when I experienced communication misunderstandings during childbirth. A brief background of me is that I am a 49 yrs old female, married for 12 years, together for 19 yrs, and I have 9 and 4…

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What is Parent Coaching?

This is an article by Lynne Tapper a coach who has personal and professional experience of working with autistic people. In the world of work, coaching is highly valued, in many cases it signals that you have reached a stage in your career when your employer recognises your worth and makes an investment, through coaching,…

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The Communication Penny

This is an article by Laura, a Registered Nurse who is one of the regular panel members on our training courses. The Communication Penny – Until my Autism diagnosis, I considered myself to be good at communicating, even describing myself as an “excellent communicator” on job applications. I understood communication to mean almost exclusively spoken…

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Autism and Lockdown- The ponderings of a Therapist

As Aspire Autism Consultancy launch their website during lockdown, I thought it would be valuable to share the thoughts of a Psychotherapist working with autistic people in these “unprecedented” times.  On March 23rd when Boris Johnson announced his lockdown regulations there was much discussion on social media that staying indoors and not having contact with…

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