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Poem: "Recension"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 23rd, 2016 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

>> Concur.

The link is useful but limited. <<

I have, over time, found more materials. This one has suggestions for preventing or shortstopping a meltdown of your own:

>> E.g. my own stress reactions include a lot of "almost but not quite a meltdown" where I can feel the potential to lose control and become potentially harmful to myself/others, but am not over that line yet. Safe, self-regulated or trusted-other-regulated emotional release helps me come back from that edge. <<

That's the idea.

>> I do not see that reflected in the literature I have run across on autistic meltdowns, <<

There isn't much of it, and it takes a lot of digging through awful crap to find the good stuff. I have kept a list of references for this series. As much as possible, these are BY people on the spectrum. I was very quickly and briskly advised about the inaccuracy of the official sources after the first poem or two. Fortunately my neurovariant friends helped me find resources from the horse's mouth.

>> because that material is written for parents/teachers/therapists with a range of motivators from helpfulness, to helpiness, to outright abusive controlling ableism. <<

Yyyyyeah. Some of them at least give good advice for bystanders, but many are horrid.

>> Nothing about what it feels like and costs to self-regulate. begin sarcasm Because all autistic people are the same and we cease to exist once we graduate or drop out of high school. And I don't really have Asperger's Syndrome because, hey, I can pass, unless you actually, well, know me as an individual. end sarcasm <<

0_o One of the references I found has touched on passing. You might also look up Prolonged Adaptation Stress Syndrome. (That link is intense.) I figure therapy causes that in most autistic people. Also trans, queer, non-Christian, people of color, anyone outside the preferred range of traits.

>> I love this poetry series. <<

Thank you!
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