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I don't know if there is a definite answer to how normal it is. There are not many autistic influencers so it is hard to know what is normal. Even if it is not normal, I still think it is fine. I feel highlights are for easy referencing. Thus, it can be extremely educational for people, autistic or not, to makes informative instastories and kept them in a highlight for easy reference, much like any other highlights. To me, the problem is not whether it is normal for a person with autism to have an "autism highlight". Rather, whether the information in it is relevant and reliable.
Great paper you found! In a previous post of mine (link) I also cited a paper showing how ADOS is not a robust tool. All evaluation tools come with certain limitations due to the nature of it being either self-reported or observation. These tools need to be used in combination with proper professionals and several sessions for an actual diagnosis. I feel that most, if not all, people on this thread agree that the "diagnosis" (in her words) she has is not at all a diagnosis. Even the clinic's website does not call it a diagnosis but an evaluation. The issue is whether she is indeed autistic and what she going to or is going to do about it. In the video, she seems to have omitted or missed out important details of the session. There was also no proper update after that video. It is therefore hard to make a proper conclusion on her condition. On a side note, the left sock is annoying me to hell.
The danger is not about wanting nice skin complexion. The danger is not knowing the correct way to achieve it. If someone uses edits or makeup to achieve the look yet sells it as natural or through skincare routine, it gives a misconception to the people following them. This is also how a lot of people got sucked into buying products that they probably do not require. I am not extremely familiar with Sarah other than her infamous eye. I also only occasionally come on this thread to lurk. If she indeed has good skin complexion then yes, kudos to her. If she doesn't then sure, the makeup and edits (on that particular photo) are still admirable.
I wouldn't be surprised if she is having trouble making facial expressions. Her face seems to be getting really stiff since last year. On the new MVs (Empire and Talk Talk (Japanese version), I have to say she really puts in the budget to create really good quality videos. Grateful that I get to know yet another talented artist (eill). I personally find Talk Talk extremely annoying for some reason but eill made it good. I actually think I'll be able to bear the song if eill is singing it alone. Unfortunately, that is not the case so I will probably never listen to it again. Wengie seems to be seriously living her dreams of becoming an idol. Regardless of whether she is a success or not, it seems like she is enjoying herself so kudos to her! I would rather watch her MVs than her normal content. At least I get to know new artists this way.
Everyone here is making very valid points. Although Kenna describes her session as a diagnosis, it is actually an evaluation as stated on the clinic's website. The psychologist she met is highly capable of running the assessment, but it is important to note she is not yet certified to provide a proper diagnosis. Unless Kenna somehow left out the name of the actual clinical psychologist/psychiatrist that diagnosed her, she most likely did not receive one. The assessment is meant as a tool for helping to assess the possibility of someone being on the spectrum. According to the evaluation results, she may be on the spectrum. However, as everyone agreed, a three-hour assessment will never be enough for a proper diagnosis. I presumed that the psychologist that attended to her provided some kind of feedback to ask her to use the results as a tool to support further assessment. IMHO, Kenna is currently packaging the evaluation results as actual diagnosis (although it isn't) and running along with whatever fits the mould. Like someone mentioned in the thread, her assumed intention seems to be finding an acceptable reason for her unacceptable behaviours. That is why she started posting things about stims and the likes. She wanted people to "understand" that her unconventional behaviours are due to a reason beyond her control. Once again, I do not doubt her results. At least I do not want to doubt her results. I also do not want to doubt the credential of the clinic. Therefore, I hope she follows the feedback provided and seeks help if she felt the need instead of assuming people are ableists and expecting everyone to give in to her.
These assessments are commonly used to determine if someone's school performance may be beyond one's control (e.g., dyslexia, IQ, ADHD). In my country, a person has to be referred to, with valid reasons, for such assessments. This helps to ensure lower risk of inappropriate diagnosis and unnecessary stigmatization. Some assessments can be fast because they are straight forward. However, the assessor will still have to take some time to understand the person's situation to provide a conclusion. I went back to check on Kenna's video and she mentioned doing a ADOS. I will include this paper as a reference showing that ADOS, although one of the most sensitive assessment for ASD, is not enough for proper diagnosis of ASD in adults. I do not doubt that Kenna may really have received feedback mentioning that her test results showed she is on the spectrum. However, I also feel that it is likely she is either holding back on or ignoring other important details. I do hope the best for her but also wish she stop giving information on things she aren't sure of.
It is a very scary phenomenon that came from having access to information readily online. Like how people loves to go online to try to diagnosis your own illnesses, people also loves to make many assumptions from online trending quizzes. It gets worse with people like Kenna who only listens to what she wants to listen.
I agree with this. According to the clinic's website, I presumed the service she engaged in is the psychological testing services. The descriptive is as depicted in the image below. . It makes sense then that her psychologist, although not fully qualified, was able to attend to her. Presuming from my experience from conducting assessments during research, almost anyone can be specifically trained to conduct these types of assessment. The assessments will come with specific instructions and scoring methods to conduct the session. The scores will then serve as a guide to understand whether a person is what the test is trying to assess. For example, a high score on a depression scale will tell us that the person is depressed. However, further examination is required to confirm if the person is indeed suffering from depression. Some assessments, especially oral, are more sensitive and requires the person to at least be somewhat certified or licensed in the field. In this sense, her psychologist definitely has the qualification to conduct the assessment for her. We can quite safely say that she did not have an actual "diagnosis", rather an "evaluation" (which is clearly written "evaluation report" in the image above). An evaluation/assessment does not equate to a diagnosis. It is only meant to facilitate in the future examination. Taking into consideration that she probably went alone, the psychologist will have even lesser information necessary for a better assessment. Have Kenna mention what feedback/advice was given because it is highly likely is along the lines of her going back for a better evaluation. This is very much like her personality test fiasco.
This is the saddest thing about the industry. Honesty is a privilege. Everyone knows honesty comes with a price but it is worse for the media industry because the stakes are much higher. A small mistake could render an artist invalid so everyone in the industry becomes extremely caution even if they know it may be better to just be upfront about things.