A socially awkward (Philip) Stewart! – Autism West Midlands – July 2014

As a new guest blogger for Autism West Midlands’ Connect, a social media community where people with autism and loved ones of people with autism can come together to share real experiences and beliefs, A socially awkward (Philip) Stewart! gave me a chance to share a little bit of myself with likeminded people. You can read the original version of the blog piece on the Autism West Midlands website or read it below.

Communication and social skills have always been a problem area for me. As a child and as a teenager, I spent a lot of time on my own at home and at school.

On the subject of communicating for people with autism, like myself, it is believed “individuals with autism often lack an understanding of what communication is for” and that “not realising they can have an impact on their world and the people in it, they may fail to develop the essential communication skills the rest of us take for granted”. Continue reading

A socially awkward superhero

I’m a socially awkward superhero.

Whether I am meeting somebody and holding back when they look like they want to go in for a bit of a cuddle, or probably a quick embrace to be friendly, or when I am on Facebook and Twitter and getting annoyed by friends or followers, I’m rubbish at following the protocol of what I should do.

There is always a feeling that I cannot read the signs in my real life and also my life on social media, but I’m wondering why this is. Do I have poor communication skills as a result of trying to figure out the Asperger’s Syndrome that I live with, or am I just over-thinking the whole idea of social etiquette? Please walk with me as I share my thoughts, and feel free to like or favourite this foray into my superhero mind! Continue reading

Melting down and being awkward are my hobbies!

Whether its a fear of never knowing when one is going to come along or the thought of a lack of self-control that acts as the main issue, living with autism can add the notion of having a ‘meltdown’ to a long list which looks at negativity.

Should this breakdown in coherent thought patterns be placed as a first example of sadness which can be linked with precise difficulties across the spectrum, predecessors could certainly include a lack of communication skills and with such a wide-ranging selection of problems, daily life can become tricky.

Manifesting itself through an interest in people-watching and poor eye contact on a personal level, this latter trait of living with such a disability has become annoyingly apparent over the last few months and should this not be enough to think about, thoughts of them leading to a complete collapse in regular behaviour have proved worrying. Continue reading