Mental Health Therapy and the Autistic Client: When Clinicians Don’t See the Autism (It’s All the Autism)

When Clinicians Attribute All Psychiatric Symptomatology to the Autism Autistic people find their way to therapy when symptoms of depression, anxiety, OCD and other diagnoses become problematic to them in their daily lives. When [...]

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Judy Endow
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Judy Endow, MSW is an author, artist, and international speaker on a variety of autism-related topics.
  • When a client has been previously diagnosed with autism it is common for mental health clinicians to attribute all psychiatric symptomatology to the autism, which often results in autistics not being diagnosed or treated for comorbid mental illnesses when warranted. Judy Endow on Ollibean

Mental Health Therapy and the Autistic Client: When Clinicians Don’t See the Autism (It’s All the Autism)

When Clinicians Attribute All Psychiatric Symptomatology to the Autism Autistic people find their way to therapy when symptoms of depression, anxiety, OCD and other diagnoses become problematic to them in their daily lives. When [...]

Mental Health Therapy and the Autistic Client: When Clinicians Don’t See the Autism

A Series on Mental Health Therapy and the Autistic Client by Judy Endow, MSW When Clinicians Don’t See the Autism (Can’t See the Forest for the Trees) Today, autistic people, just like the population at [...]

  • see, experience, interact with and give back to the world as an autistic. Autism is my operating system. Judy Endow, MSW on Ollibean

Mental Health Therapy and the Autistic Client: The Autistic Operating System, Part One

The Autistic Operating System, Part One Mental health diagnosis and treatment has evolved over time according to what makes sense and what works for most people. We have an increasing body of research [...]

Henry Frost
Henry FrostWriter, Jr. Editor
Henry Frost is an author and advocate for equal education and access.
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Will Chuck forget?

  Will Chuck Forget? Chuck is terrified to go to school. He has stuttering. Others laugh when he says something. He has a breakdown at school. Some boys do feel bad but have no courage [...]

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Now you know . You cannot unknow .

I  told  Professor Wurzburg's class in March and April  about my life and advocacy for inclusion, communication and civil rights. The class asked me questions and I answered. On April 8 I talked to the [...]

LOOPS

My body movement speed is not average. It is not in the mean. My thinking speed is. My thinking speed is faster than average. My body takes time to agree to cooperate with my mind. [...]

Amy Sequenzia
Amy SequenziaWriter
Amy Sequenzia is a non-speaking Autistic, multiply disabled activist and writer. Amy writes about disability rights, civil rights and human rights.

Epilepsy, And Living Epileptic

Epilepsy I am writing this as, partly, a rant. I don't want pity, and I don't feel sorry for myself. If you think you need to “feel” something, feel anger at the lack of [...]

  • Having supports does not take away our dignity, it makes our lives dignified. Amy Sequenzia on Ollibean
  • the pain of those who are not ill should not matter more than the life of another human being. Amy Sequenzia on Ollibean
  • Our lives became very “valuable” when our forced deaths are considered – by other people – a reasonable option. Amy Sequenzia on Ollibean
  • For the people who might be in real pain there are options that don’t require a flawed law that deny some of us the right to want to live. Amy Sequenzia on Ollibean
  • Every human being has dignity. Amy Sequenzia on Ollibean

Disability, Dignity and Cost

Disability, Dignity and "Cost" by Amy Sequenzia Warning: I am going to mention "Right to Die With Dignity" legislation, my position, and other non black-and-white issues. I am against legislation that states the "dignity" of [...]

  • Disabled people aren’t, and don’t want to be: charity causes, or objects of inspiration porn, or gifts , or angels. Amy Sequenzia on Ollibean

Disabled TV Character and Positive Outcomes

One Person At A Time I wrote about this before but I want to emphasize a few points. I am talking about the effect of television, or any media, on how disabilities, and disabled people, [...]

Lauri Swann Hunt
Lauri Swann HuntWriter
Advocate committed to inclusion & social justice, proud mother of three wonderful humans, and part of the team that started Ollibean.
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“Speechless”: A Comedy That Includes Disability

"Speechless"  has been picked up by ABC. "Speechless”, is a new comedy series about a family with three children, one of whom is a teenager named JJ who is non-speaking and uses a wheelchair. Yes, [...]

  • Disabled people and their attendants are both vulnerable and resilient. Our relationships and well-being are linked. Alice Wong, Ollibean Change Leader
  • How we treat each other is a reflection of the kind of world we want to live in. Alice Wong . Ollibean logo.

Parenting and Caregiving Relationships

Parenting and Caregiving Finding the balance between parenting and caregiving children with disabilities can be challenging -- there's a fine line between hovering and being there to assist when needed. The dynamics of the [...]

Deaf Teen Filmmakers Interpretation of Phillip Phillips’ “Home”

Acceptance, connection, and belonging. Home. Thank you Deaf Film Camp for making such awesome videos!

All children should grow up feeling loved accepted and whole. Not just at home, but in their schools and communities.

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Over 30 years of research shows that ALL students do better in inclusive educational settings – both socially and academically.

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High expectations and access to rich academic content benefits each and every child.

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