De-fusing and re-fusing face-to-face encounters involving autistic persons in Hong Kong

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Cockain, A. 2021. De-fusing and re-fusing face-to-face encounters involving autistic persons in Hong Kong. Tizard Learning Disability Review. 26 (1), pp. 34-42. https://doi.org/10.1108/TLDR-06-2020-0011
AuthorsCockain, A.
Abstract

Purpose
This article documents accounts of the tactics parents and siblings of autistic persons in Hong Kong deploy to manage social encounters. This article aims to consider the impact of such tactics and their enmeshment with factors that combine to limit satisfactory outcomes and outlines a project intent upon contriving dialogue between persons.

Design/methodology/approach
This qualitative project elicited stories and accounts (or narratives) produced by persons involved in encounters involving autistic persons. This project also intervened in these encounters.

Findings
Persons involved in social encounters are de-fused, in the sense of being disconnected. The emotions persons experience through these encounters (e.g. and especially anxiety) remain hidden. Dialogue has the capacity to re-fuse, not only reconnecting but also rejecting unsatisfactory arrangements.

Originality/value
The dialogue produced in the article may extend beyond the specific circumstances and persons considered, potentially reducing the barriers and distances between autistic persons and others.

KeywordsHong Kong; Autism; Stigma; Autistic people
Year2021
JournalTizard Learning Disability Review
Journal citation26 (1), pp. 34-42
PublisherEmerald Insight
ISSN1359-5474
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/TLDR-06-2020-0011
Official URLhttps://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/TLDR-06-2020-0011/full/html
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Online02 Feb 2021
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Deposited11 Oct 2021
AcceptedDec 2020
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