Being an autistic parent is tough. Just like being any kind of parent. But it’s also the best thing in the world - as any parent, not just autistic ones, will tell you. Source: Unsplash/吴 迪 @brawny One of the things I find hardest about parenting with autism is the discrepancy in the way that I “play” versus the way my children play. Especially as they get older and their imaginations get wilder, I am constantly finding myself lost and tired and overwhelmed after only 5 or 10 minutes of dedicated play time. Throw in the fact that the kids are with us nearly 24/7 now due to the ongoing pandemic, and you have a recipe for epic burnout ! I have often thought to myself, what’s wrong with me? Play time is supposed to be fun, right? Why do I find it so draining? Well there’s nothing wrong with me. I am autistic, so I “play” differently, and that’s okay. Now, my son is also autistic, but as any autie will tell you, “if you have met one autistic person, you … [Read more...] about Autistic Parents: Is Playtime with the Kids Wearing You Out?
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In 2021, proof of a negative COVID-19 test is required to enter countries including Australia, Canada, and the UK. If electronic apps are used, then alternatives must be available for people without access to such technology. Passports will not stop the pandemic, but the documents could contribute to curbing it. As COVID-19 and lockdowns take an increasingly devastating toll, vaccine rollouts continue around the world. To stay safe and to avoid a resurgence of the virus, different forms of “vaccine passports” or “vaccine certificates” are being mooted. Could attending shows be safer with vaccine or health passports or certificates? Source: Ilan Kelman The document could show vaccination, recovery from infection, or both. It would not be an “immunity passport,” because we do not know how long immunity lasts after vaccination or after surviving COVID-19. Even the tests for current or previous infection are far from perfect. So questions emerge. Which … [Read more...] about Can Vaccine Passports Stop the Pandemic?
Source: The Creative Exchange/Unsplash More and more young people are suffering from eating disorders , according to shocking figures put together from government data by the Observer newspaper. 1 According to their analysis, nearly 20,000 under-18s were referred, for the first time, to NHS eating disorder services last year, a rise of 46 percent from the previous year. Of course, this is hugely concerning. Experts interviewed for the article mentioned the particular impact on young people of isolation, uncertainty and loss of control over their lives. Karen Street, officer for mental health at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, commented, in respect of the rise in cases at universities, that being stuck behind closed doors in virtual isolation was ‘an absolute trigger for an eating disorder.' She then went on to say, ‘These aren’t going to go away. Once you’ve developed an eating disorder, you’ve now got an illness. It doesn’t just suddenly get … [Read more...] about Eating Disorders Need Not Be Chronic ‘Illnesses’
I have a confession to make: I like mixed martial arts (MMA) and the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). Yes, I get that, as a psychologist who is a huge advocate of peace, compassion, kindness, and well-being, this doesn't make a lot of sense. One might understandably call me a hypocrite, especially if you have read some of my other blogs! I can accept that. Maybe it's just a rationalization to say that we are all hypocrites in ways. None of us lives up to our own ideals. Also, we are tempted to judge others, and sometimes ourselves, in dualistic, all-or-nothing ways. Thus, when I say I like the UFC, that seeming contradiction or hypocrisy might be enough for many readers to judge me harshly and discount anything I say. I hope you don't though! To be quite honest, I do feel a certain level of cognitive dissonance about my enjoyment of UFC (and American football). I'm still trying to understand these contradictions within myself. Let me provide a little backstory that … [Read more...] about What UFC Fighters Can Teach Us About Getting Along Better
You’ve probably heard about MyHeritage.com‘s DeepNostalgia service that animates photos of faces. That yellowing portrait of great grandma’s face now blinks, angles her head up and down, glances sideways, grows a wisp of a smile. People are reporting being quite moved by this reanimation of lost loved ones, which does not surprise me since the tech is so good at what it does. Here’s a sample: Very impressive… …and not uncanny, as in “The Uncanny Valley ” in which a simulated person falls creepily short of being lifelike in some inexpressible way. You could definitely fool me with these. Deep Nostalgia instead plunges us into the next valley beyond the uncanny one (and connected to it), because while taken one at a time, they’re very convincing, there’s something off about them after you’ve seen a bunch of them. Take a look at this thread of artworks and famous photos animated using DeepNostalgia. and see if you reacted the way I did. Ok, welcome back! :) I … [Read more...] about The Uncanny Stepford Valley