Writing about fictional characters with autism

David is terrified of cellars. May 13, I have met, in physical and virtual spaces, many autistic creative writers. Furthermore, people are often very unpredictable, and in a world consisting of overwhelming sensory information, autistic people tend to be drawn to things which are consistent and safe.

My mother pulls herself together and tries to sound cheerful again. It recognizes that we have internal experiences and motivations and responses. But showing that his intention was to understand will help the reader to empathise when he gets it wrong. The youngest son in the family is Brick who, though he has never officially been diagnosed with anything specific, has all of the tics and quirks of one on the Spectrum.

On Writing Autistic Characters

Removing behaviors that we enjoy, when they are not hurting anyone else, is harmful. This is the reason why autistic people often withdraw from social situations.

I am currently writing about my experiences with autism both before and after diagnosis. Besides the typical social quirks, Adam has a hard time connecting with those around him, a necessary ability when in a relationship.

A behavior-only portrayal of autism—one that locates autism in our actions rather than our experiences, one in which they are portrayed as out of place in the assumed normal situation—conveys intentionally or unintentionally that behaviors can be eliminated without reference to the reasons we do them.

With characters invented after the term was coined, though, diagnosis becomes more difficult; surely if Harper Lee or JK Rowling had intended Boo or Luna to be autistic, they would have said so?

Talk:List of autistic fictional characters

Now, come on, sweetheart! Autistic people are usually experiencing our days, rather than dissecting our thought processes for non-autistic readers! Eye contact can be so distracting that it prevents us from attending to what someone else is saying.

Focusing on these traits and basing ostensibly autistic characters on them risks giving a stereotyped and two-dimensional view of autism. The characters are frequently laughed at or called names such as freak, retard, and geek.

Why is it not creative? I have great difficulty writing believable, consistently inconsistent characters. When we try to create a rigid ethical or philosophical system, that system eventually fails us. Actress Jasika Nicole was praised for the portrayal of her autistic character, which she based on her sister.

The author would like to thank Michael Cohn for coming up with the behaviorizing vs humanizing terminology. He had read about it in a book. Note that some portrayals are intermediate between behaviorizing and humanizing, or shift back and forth throughout a book.

The Real Deal: Teen Characters with Autism in YA Novels

This is one time that fixating on the details worked for me—well, most of the time. A behavior-only portrayal of autism—one that locates autism in our actions rather than our experiences, one in which they are portrayed as out of place in the assumed normal situation—conveys intentionally or unintentionally that behaviors can be eliminated without reference to the reasons we do them.

Outside of fiction, we are bombarded by historical figures who are posthumously diagnosed with autism. For example, stimming or not making eye contact can help us attend to what people are saying to us. They have unique likes, dislikes, childhoods, families, and pastimes.Autism is a part of that picture for your autistic characters, but it does not make up the entirety of that character.

If you take a list of diagnostic criteria and use that list as the description of your character, you will have a computer program, not a person.

Talk:List of autistic fictional characters

The fictional character Billy Cranston’s personal bio profile was remade into someone on the spectrum and of a different color, emphasizing the film’s attempt to shatter existing misconceptions about autism which states that it’s a.

While Jasper is a fictional character, Peter is a year-old man with autism, who has been a participant in our research project for two-and-a-half years. The character of Jasper, including the details of clothing and the “bag of knowledge,” emerged from Peter’s own creation of a character during a creative writing workshop with a.

“Explaining these much loved characters’ behaviour through the prism of autism and Asperger syndrome is a sign that awareness and understanding of this complex communication disorder is growing.

30 Best Book, Movie, and TV Characters on the Autism Spectrum

And that’s to be welcomed. 68 rows · This is a list of fictional characters that have been explicitly described.

Writing Fictional Characters with Disorders, Disabilities, & Mental Illnesses

The Real Deal: Teen Characters with Autism in YA Novels. Posted on April 17, by Anna Lam. Tweet. (windows). YA librarians who facilitate a writing group could consider writing fan fiction in the voice of a favorite character with ASD.

Examples: Jennifer Roy’s Mindblind, Sarah Dooley’s Livvie Owen Lived Here.

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