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Relax, It’s Just Autism

My bundle of raw energy named ~Wyatt Griffin Green.

My bundle of raw energy named ~Wyatt Griffin Green.

It is human and we are all blessed by it, when you really LOOK.

 

I have been advocating for just a mere 4 yrs. now and I am continually astounded by the Autism Community and the emerging Autistic Culture I learn from. It is such a raw and natural landscape a neurodiverse universe being charted for the future. It seems like a “monolithic thinking expanse” where a whole new way of being can be shaped for humanity. Not a lot of people know about it yet but, in time I believe they will. People with  differences have always been the ones making the greatest changes on the planet even when no one  seems to be noticing. The shaping of things to come. It is usually done that way slowly, repetitively and methodically. The way a running river carves out it’s bed.

Photo by: Scott A. Jackson Woodlawn Black House Museum Trails in Maine

Photo by: Scott A. Jackson Woodlawn Black House Museum Trails in Maine

 

 I feel this is the case with the Autistic mind. It has silently been there all along advancing and supporting societies globally without the ‘typical’ accolades. Slowly eroding a pathway and flowing humanity toward deeper “brain function knowledge.”

It is fact.  The Autistic perspective has been engineering and pioneering without fanfare. Vastly UNDER diagnosed, understood,  under identified and completely under acknowledged. At the same time it has been OVER blown, over thought, over therapized, and OVERTLY demonized and feared.

 

Through the examination of Autism so much has been learned about the basics of behavior. We should be thanking the ‘mysterious’ condition. Yes, there are extreme medical portions of Autism/Life that no one wants to thank and those must be addressed separately. Medical conditions exist in all of us and Autism has it’s fair share of ailments associated with it. We all need to be comfortable in our bodies to be able to enjoy this wonderful life. That aside, I believe we have learned so much good information about  the central nervous system and how we experience the world.  Ways to help us trouble-shoot these many medical conditions more pragmatically without fear. The simple static fact that we all access our brains a bit differently and we do and can feel the world differently is the first step to understanding others and ourselves.

 

This bears out throughout humanity as people naturally find their ‘niches’ in life. Scholar, scientist, artisan, laborer etc. We must have all types of  abilities to build a village, a society. I feel there is a mega shift upon us.  A major shift in old school self aggrandizing perspectives. Most of the people that happen upon the AutismHWY  have felt it coming on for years. People are waking up to this more well rounded view, this less selfish perspective. Many people are accessing the amazing things being seen through this Autistic prism. Perhaps we are moving toward a world where people are accepted for what and who they are. A day when people will stop pressurizing others in life with the constant compare and contrast mentality. We as a society will know from the start, that we are all different with no need to be the same. Most importantly no need to feel superior to the other.

 

It is this second perspective. A perspective that has always been there unseen to me and other Non-Autistics.  A train of thought intensely pure. Not always affected by the so-called status quo of the “collective normals.” A thought process that can think circles quickly around others. Sometimes unharnessable  however, when harnessed and utilized…I believe some of humankind’s brightest concepts, achievements and creations. There is not one person on this planet that uses the whole of their brain. The mind is far too vast for a mere mortal to have full access to transport fluidly across it all. We as people are very territorial. Our brains included. We all have portions that we access more often than not. We travel and utilize the portions of our brains we are wired to. Our cranium comfort zones if you will.  We all have them. They shape the way we think and feel. We now know that they are most definitely not the same for all people. That simple “we are the same” assumption  has been corrupting us as loving, understanding and caring people. Causing derision among us when one group sees another as not the same. Too often people are pressured to be what they are not and simply cannot be because of this old train of thought. Time for that thought derailment. Autism finally disabuses people of the we are all the same scenario, thankfully.

MY Thinking.....EXACTLY!

MY Thinking…..EXACTLY!

 

 

Different stripes, different tribes, different ways of being !! That is the beauty of LIFE. We need differences in thinking to attack all angles of a project. The saying has ALWAYS BEEN…”Two heads are better than one.” I will take that to a new level by proclaiming that “Two thought processes are better than one!” When we can round out our brain awareness we can come full circle and see the complete panorama. It is much more than the black and white stark reality you may have been led to believe. There are many other colors of the spectrum in between. Showing us the brilliance of difference and how it teaches us so much.  How it teaches us to be more loving, caring and accepting individuals. We NEED THAT!

 

So, relax it is just AUTISM and it is actually helping us define who we all are.

 

 

 

 

 

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Just a Mom

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That’s me, one of the many million lucky beings on this planet.  Today is our day to celebrate that label of fate or not! We all have memories and stories we share about our origins. “Our Mothership” lol. Some wonderful and others, not so wonderful.  The older I become the more I see the depth of the language people choose and the concepts not always seen at first glance. I no longer skim over words and thoughts a person reveals. I carefully contemplate and assign energy to each and every layer of their process. People do say what they mean when you listen deeply. Our Mother’s become so integral as to how we see ourselves and define our futures. Reading the thoughts and experiences from friends on-line today have me contemplating it all. Motherhood and all that is demanded and expected from it. YIKES, when you think it through you may be finding a day ‘assigned’ to that a bit overwhelming!

The blessed Mother....

The blessed Mother….

 

Mom on a mission, Super Mom, Warrior Mom…Autism Mom??…NO, I like to keep it simple. Just a Mom. That is enough.

 

 

 

 

God saw fit to bring Wyatt into my life to inspire me. Inspire me to take my energy into a field of thought. A field of thought needing to be written by many Autistic people; Mom’s, Fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters and sons. Authentically written from the depths of what instincts are telling us. Change your perspective about your energy in the universe. Your origin your perception your mothership.

LOVE is instinctual. Looking at things from all angles is learned!!

LOVE is instinctual. Looking at things from all angles is learned!!

 LOVE is instinctual. Looking at things from ALL ANGLES is learned!!

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A Darker Shade of Rose

 

 

LOVE Taps???

LOVE Taps???

As Wyatt grows into a young man it was bound to happen. My rose-colored specs would grow wiser and yes, darker. If you have ever happened upon this blog then you know I have an exuberance for life and all things Autism. Some may say an ’unrealistic exuberance’ but, I say that ‘u.e.’ doesn’t exist. IF you are exuberant about something, you believe in it wholeheartedly. I believe in Autism and I am not unrealistic about it. I live with it as an outsider looking in.  I feel it empathetically, I watch it’s every move, but I don’t experience it. That is Wyatt’s forte. His experience that I study and learn from. I learn for him and I learn for me. I learn for my day to day life, I learn for the culture and the world that we live in. It is my duty.  Honestly, I believe it is all of our duties!

The energy that is life, is contained and expressed in so many differing ways by each unique person. People have no groundwork on people. No one understands the basic framework we all operate under and how the working parts may differ and translate this world. Physically, chemically, electrically and emotionally.  Making “sense” of this is quite a delicate and combustible endeavor you must admit. Anything can go wrong and often does! People are amazing creatures and it’s time we researched ourselves….we should all be googling our own mind-body connections that create our behavior. Understand it and define it. OWN yourselves…mind and body. Recognize and understand who you are and how you feel and how that translates. You may be surprised where you find yourself fitting in. We are all on this spectrum of humanity and how we feel it the same and differently!

Not LESS!

What I want all people to learn is that my son is exactly like any other person. That is the part that most people don’t understand about him or Autism in general. The Autistic person’s heart, mind and soul are always intact. Perceiving and sensing this world through a different wiring/processing system. Able to communicate in wide ranging ways. In varying degrees from A to Z. My son’s system I call his…[Autism priZm]… seems to bend the stimulus in ways that his system can receive it. He expresses those transmissions with the  sounds and movements available and natural to him. Working on the HWY’s of his mind that are wired for traffic! Communicating in his way. At times a symphony or at times a storm of raw nerves. We try and adapt to each new day and these stimuli as they come.  Using tools we have learned to relieve or harness this energy and funnel it productively. This lifestyle transforms us into quite the flexible team. I have been wearing these rose-colored glasses since long before Wyatt was born. It’s who I am, making me a solid choice to be this boy’s mother. Everyday he continues to challenge my resolve, my attention to detail and my deductive powers. He is my Autism mentor.

HWY to understanding!

HWY to understanding!

Things can get dark...

Things can get dark…

 

Light and airy.....

Light and airy…..

 

Currently the onset of his teen years are playing havoc on his framework. He has surges of adrenaline and testosterone that his system has a hellish time translating. As if his blood is literally boiling through his veins. In these moments he ‘bangs it out’. How many of us rub, massage and press firmly (or even bang) on areas of discomfort we may have? When Wyatt has these phases of discomfort/frustration his system demands the same x 100 or x 1000… Make your own amplification to drown out your pain. It’s a common practice. It’s a ‘human thing’. We ourselves or family members all do the same in an array of techniques. Both positive and negative if we really look. People are blessed with a miraculous central nervous system. How each of us operates on that system and amplifies stimuli  is what we need to tune in to. Why NOT do a little fine tuning people? Dial your mind and body into what is really going on within your framework . Understand your system and the differing systems of others…..All shades of rose are beautiful light, dark and everything in between. So put on your spectrum specs and get real!

People do what they do because of the way that they 'feel' !!

People do what they do because of the way that they ‘feel’ !!

 

 

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Tip Toeing Through the Autism….

The less than 30-day countdown to 13!! Wow…it’s a milestone for  www.autismhwy.com , Wyatt and I.

 My new teenager speaking volumes to me daily without uttering what (most consider) a word. April 1st will be the actual day of “this milestone change” for my sweet son Wyatt Griffin Green! His footing into manhood begins. Honestly, it seems that those steps actually began some 6 months ago. If these past 6 months are an indicator of tomorrow’s play book then I will most definitely be needing track shoes, slippers and steel- toed boots to keep up!! When to wear which style, will be the ongoing rub. This is proving to be a very firey time for Wyatt and his moods can be mercurial at best. So juggling my footwear will be my daily fashion functional quest. Stilletos will not be in that rotation! (sorry guys.)

Lately, most days the teenage angst has me walking, running and driving through landmines. I have read numerous articles that claim ‘Aut-Parents/siblings’ are like soldiers and sometimes need to re-group and/or claim PTSD! Well, in that vein I have been gathering live grenades from fellow comrades! Pioneering friends of mine that have been in these trenches and learned something valuable. Coming out alive and thriving with wonderful, logical advice! We have so much to share with one and other. It is fantastic! In Wyatt’s case surges of adrenaline and levels of testosterone rush his system spiking his blood pressure increasing his (already high) sensory needs. He becomes so uncomfortably aggravated and literally anything can happen.

 A door off of the hinges…shoes thrown atop the roof, a window broken at school… a shattered windshield…and the next-door (new) neighbor calling the police. Ahhh…Sweet 13! During these moments he becomes undone and people just do not have any level of comprehension.

 Unable to understand that my son’s cells are not buffered like their cells are. Buffered from senses: lights, sounds and literally sometimes the wind. To be at such a disadvantage to handle the natural progression of his manhood.This interuption of his system as he has known it. It is a  horribly dicey thing! Shouldn’t others forgive him this behavior?  Consider that it would help parents, if you assume nothing when you see someone having this type of interuption. Seek knowledge to find understanding and tolerance. Do not be so quick to “judge thy new neighbor”…and call the cops!! lol…Because we are all neighbors of this amazing planet. Imagine that our systems are  like HWYS. Some of us have cars everywhere traveling all of the roads. While others tend to use the same roads  again and again. If we truly look we see that everyone is on the AutismHWY!  

So despite these bumps in our road I feel ready to take ’13 and beyond’ on. Armed with great continental  friends on this spectrum, and a mixture of supplements -that promote joint comfort and mobility…and  the calming Valerian root spiked juice we walk on. Stepping deliberately and carefully as we cross all bridges. It’s not easy and never has been but, when you are feeling down for the count and you suddenly hear “Kelly…Gelly…gelly…Kelly” from your walking partner for the 1st time…the tip-toes turn into a skip!!! MY reward of a milestone, indeed!   

Lastly, AutismHWY.com’s new milestone: The site’s inspiration…my wonderful growing boy~Wyatt can now legally have his “Own Page”on our awesome positive website!! Children under the age of 13 are protected by privacy laws and that is a good thing. So, The “K.G.& “Y” profile that ”we” have been using~will now become my teenage son’s profile “WY” G.!!!  Just a little shuffle of consenants and self autonomy! Like life always a shuffle to grow and change for the good! Things are definitely shuffling for the good here at AutismHWY.com!! Lots of EXCITING plans for the site, NEW Awareness Coloring Books afoot and FUN Events to Chalk and Walk!!  

As 2012 Marches on…..

YUMI, AKI, WY & I HOPE YOU’LL TIP TOE WITH US!

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