Everything Is Always Shifting and Inconsistent: Autism, Language, and Listening

TPGA is observing Autism Acceptance Month by featuring accounts from autistic people about the differences accommodations (or lack thereof) make in their lives. Today’s story is from M. Kelter, about how listening — really listening — to autistic people about their experiences is a crucial accommodation, even when it’s a work in progress. M. Kelter theinvisiblestrings.com In 2005, after a long period of social isolation and depression, I began therapy and received an autism spectrum diagnosis. I discovered early in this process that describing my internal experiences was easier if I wrote them down. After each session with the psychologist, I would go home and write out everything I could remember from our discussion. I would then read that “transcript” to myself several times, so that I could go into the next session with a sense of what to elaborate upon. Basically, writing out our discussion functioned as a thought…