Glossary

  • Autism

    A way of processing the world. Autism is made up of a spectrum of intensities, a kaleidoscope of traits, and within it high contrast: verbal, non-verbal, sensory-seeking, sensory-avoiding, but what we all have in common is a different way of processing the world.
  • Masking

    When an autistic person covers up their sensitivities or preferences to appear ‘normal’ it is known as ‘masking’. Masking can become subconscious and is often described as exhausting.
  • Neurodiversity

    Neurodiversity is the understanding that humans are diverse in their brain function. This includes attention deficit hyperactivity, Tourette’s, giftedness, and autism among others. Neurodiversity is running on Windows, while everyone else is on Mac. Not better or worse, just different.
  • Selective Mutism

    Selective Mutism is an inability to speak in different circumstances and environments as a physical reaction to anxiety.
  • Takiwātanga

    The Māori word for Autism is Takiwātanga - it means in his / her / there own time and space.
  • Tangata whaitakiwātanga

    Tangata whaitakiwātanga is the māori word for an autistic person.
  • Twice Exceptional

    A person who is exceptional in two ways – they are gifted (with skills in one or more areas: creative, motorskills, intellectual, perceptual, leadership) and also Dyslexic, Autistic, Obsessive Compulsive. Support is needed for both giftedness and learning differences.
  • World Domination

    World domination means finding your strengths, figuring out what you’re good at and what you love, then focusing your world on those things! There is no ‘real world’ just the one we decide and create.

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