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Literal Thinking is in my Bones: A Video Blog on Neurodiversity

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Last week, I was brainstorming with my wife about the best ways for me to contribute to the neurodiversity movement. I love writing my blog, and I thoroughly enjoy my work with kids and families. But she reminded me of another passion of mine – storytelling and monologue.

And then it dawned on us… video blogging!

So I’m starting a video blog on neurodiversity.

I hope to increase empathy for those with Aspie traits, whether or not they have an official diagnosis.

And I hope to increase compassion and understanding for those who don’t have Aspie traits but might come across it in a classroom, in a family, or in a job.

In this first episode of Literal Thinking is in my Bones, I introduce myself and hopefully give a glimpse into my perspective on neurodiversity.

Check it out…

Whew! That was fun. And a little terrifying.

Now, I’d love to hear from you. In the comments below, let me know what you think.

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  • Desiree De Courcy June 6, 2014, 12:24 am

    That’s awesome….please come and live in New Zealand.

    • byamtich June 6, 2014, 2:47 pm

      Thanks! I hope to at least visit New Zealand.

  • Darby June 6, 2014, 3:04 am

    I thought this was great! I’d love to see you address how siblings can better understand and communicate with each other when one has Aspie traits and one does not.

    • byamtich June 6, 2014, 2:47 pm

      Thanks! I will continue to consider your question, and before a more full response, I want to offer a partial reply. Please take what is useful and discard the rest. Because a response depends. It depends on how much self awareness each sibling has. I think two guiding questions are “How does your mind work?” and “Is it fun to be you?” As the kids work to hear each other, you can prompt them “I bet this is similar/different for you… can you take in how (sibling) experiences this?”

      Also, I encourage parent(s) to talk openly about how their minds work, in a similar vein, no matter how much similarity or difference there is from generation to generation. Peace in families follows self-awareness. I think much of what we experience as difficult begins as simply complicated.

      Hope this helps.

  • Anita Schnee June 17, 2014, 11:57 am

    Dear Bob, I’m loving these videos! I just watched the one about labels. I found it supportive and illuminating. I had just the experience you describe, about a diagnosis conveying a sense of relief and welcoming — although how strange it is to think about a diagnosis being welcoming . . . I had blown out my back and become bed-ridden with pain. Doctors could not find an explanation and called me manipulative and malingering. Finally, after about a year of this agony, one doctor thought to take an image of another area of my spine and this, according to him, revealed a ruptured disc. Going from being called crazy to being called injured was a big relief. The diagnosis gave me an explanation and from this I could derive a sense of validation. From there, I went on to exploring means and methods to grow past this disability. Now, twenty years later, I find that the disc-“explanation” turns out to have been no such thing. Ruptured discs may or may not have resulted in the symptoms I was experiencing; studies have shown that this explanation may have been describing correlation rather than causation. What’s more, the diagnosis had nothing whatever to say about my ability to learn other skills to beef up my other capabilities, as you also mention, and, thus, to grow past my previous condition into a more functional way of relating to myself. So it’s a big subject you’ve raised. I myself no longer identify as having a ruptured disc, despite having some lingering symptoms to this day — but that’s no reflection on the relief I felt, at the stage of development I was in at the time. Thanks for this! as ever! –Anita

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