I shared this on twitter, tumblr and in some fb groups, but I thought I would share it here. I can feel very anxious when dealing with people who are dismissive of my Asperger’s. My stomach feels knotty and I feel like I have to explain everything. Usually, it doesn’t matter how much we explain, if the person patronizing us doesn’t want to learn/listen, they aren’t going to. So I’m done. I’m done explaining my Asperger’s to those who really don’t care to know about it.
Instead of feeling nervous or feeling like I owe them an explanation, now I remain silent and play NT Bingo. Maybe you call it Alltypical Bingo. You really can call it whatever you want. It works like regular bingo. You put a mark on your card to match their unsupportive statements. If you get a bingo, reward yourself for your patience. I used this just the other day with someone. Instead of feeling overwhelmed and anxious to explain myself, I sat back and smiled and thought “Boy, if she keeps this up, I might get blackout Bingo!”
Hope it helps you as it has helped me. Remember, the middle square is free. Just like their ignorance.