Guest blog

Guest blog

Flow Unlocked: an interim reflection

Flow Unlocked: an interim reflection

Dr Georgia Pavloopoulou is an autism researcher specialising in family research and autistic mental health. She uses community based participatory methodologies guided by the lifeworld of the participant . Her recent study on the impact of COVID19 on family members of autistic people, showed how lacking society’s understanding is of #autistic lives and the wider autistic community. We have co-established FlowUnlocked to address this urgent issue. …
Living for the HEATWAVE!

Living for the HEATWAVE!

I went round to give my boyfriend a hand with some DIY this morning and he invited me in for a natter, as he wasn’t ready to start yet. So 10 minutes in, I begin getting twitchy. Why? I’m looking out of the window at a gorgeous blue sky. I can feel the heat through … Read more
My Attitude to Autism

My Attitude to Autism

“It would have been so easy,” Mum says, “just to say ‘oh, she’s Autie’, on so many occasions.” We’re talking about how Mum and Dad have pushed me through the years, not to be normal, but so I would do better on my own. We shared the same attitude towards parents who prefer to shelter … Read more
Worn Out

Worn Out

“Have a cup of tea.” Says a helpful voice, carefully placing a cardboard mug next to me on the grass floor. It’s the third festival I’ve been to with my Dad, by this time we have worked up a routine of starting our day in the comedy tent, theatre in the afternoon, then finding some … Read more
The Autistic Senses of Self and Agency.

The Autistic Senses of Self and Agency.

This essay is an exploration of how the autistic senses of agency and self are diminished by various mechanisms, and how this diminution leads to the psychological problems of anxiety and panic disorders and PTSD experienced by many in the autistic community. !What are the senses of agency and self? Can we break them down … Read more
Normal

Normal

Normal is a state of equilibrium. I know this because of how much my life has changed just in the past two years – and how much it is set to change in the next five. I have a place to study at university in September, finishing my job in August, from university I plan to go into teaching – but who knows what state of ‘normal’ I will be in then.

Since going into lockdown, there hasn’t been a new ‘normal’ for me to stick to. Of course every week day has pretty much been the same, I have been surrounded by the same people and the same things – there is some consistency in my everyday experiences. But there is a questioning sensation in the back of my mind which is asking what this sort of ‘normal’ is, will it stay this way forever? What will happen once we go back to mingling with other people? …