And again I have to post this cause people don’t get it!!!

Autism and Neurodiversity Movement GlossaryAutism and Neurodiversity Movement Glossary:

A

AAC-

Acultural- Don’t fit with the dominant social

Ableism- Discrimination against disabled ( including neurodivergent people ) people.

ADOS- Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule  

Alexithymia- Difficulty understanding and identifying your emotions and those of others

Allistic/Allist- Non autistic descriptor/person

Asperger’s- Verbal, non-intellectually disabled autism. Not usually synonymous with a functioning label.

Aspie- Diminutive of an asperger person ( see asperger’s ).

Apraxia/Verbal Dyspraxia- Difficulty speaking/learning to speak relating to movement.

Auditory Processing Difficulty- Difficulty understanding speech or difficulty understanding speech quickly.  

Autistic culture- A phrase often used on the autistic community to refer the differences of autists and the things that autistic people create

Autistic spectrum- The fact that all autistic people are different and autism varies widely from person to person in terms of differences, difficulties and strengths.

Autism Rights Movement (ARM)- Movement promoting various values ( see link )

Amy Sequenzia- Non-speaking ARM advocate and member of ASAN. Her blog: http://nonspeakingautisticspeaking.blogspot.co.uk/

B

Burnout- Autists burnout more easily compared to allists

C

Cross lateral- Being opposite footed and handed is more common in neurodivergent people

Cure Culture- The medical model assumption that all neurological ( and physical ) differences should be cured and words used affiliated with this ideology

D

Double Vision- Is more common in Autists according to SPD Australia

Dyscalculia- Specific difficulties with maths

Dyspraxia- Difficulty with planning of movement, balance, eye-teaming and hand-eye coordination

Dysgraphia- Specific difficulties with writing

Dyssemia- Difficulty reading body language and facial expressions, usually associated with autism

Dyslexia- Different way of processing words that causes difficulties with reading

E

Echolalia

Executive functioning- A series of cognitive skills used for everyday tasks autists have both strengths, differences and difficulties in this area. Musing of An Aspie post/s on executive functioning difficulties: https://musingsofanaspie.com/executive-function-series/  

Eye Teaming-

F

Facilitated communication-

Functioning labels- Includes labels like “low”/”high” functioning and severity labels, these generally avoided in the autistic community because they are inaccurate and unhelp, causing people to make assumptions about a person that are not true. It’s also often difficult to classify someone as one or the because just like allists, autists have different skill levels in different areas (e.g.: They may be highly verbal but not able to cross a road without support ) and our “ functioning” fluctuates from day to day.  

G
H

Hand-eye coordination

Hand flapping

Hyperfocus

Hypotonia- Low muscle tone, common in autistic and dyspraxic people

I

Identity-first language

Inertia

Intense World Theory
J

K

L

M

Medical Model of Disability

Meltdown

Monotropism

Motor skills

MMS

Multiply Neurodivergent

Multisensory Approach

N

Neurocosmopolitanism

Neurodivergent

Neurodiverse

Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity Model

Neurodiversity Movement

Neurodiversity Paradigm

Neurominority

Neuronative

Neuronormative

Neurotypical

Neurotypical Privilege  

Neuroqueer

O

P

Packing

PDA

Partially verbal

Passing

PECS

Perfectionism

Person-first language

Prosopagnosia

Q
R
S

Shutdown

Sensory differences  

Sensory profile

Sensory seeking

Social Model of Disability

Stimming

Special interests

Spoons/spoon theory

Synesthesia

T
U
V
W

Wrist flapping
X
Y
Z

Zoning out

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