A mum describes her very high support needs Autistic child from two very different perspectives.
Last night, my pre-teen daughter was having trouble sleeping, so she asked me to join her in the guest room with our pets. It was really late, I was very tired, but she was so keen to talk in the dark that I encouraged her to share what was on her mind. As we snuggled together at 12:00am, she asked me, “How did you feel when I was first diagnosed?”
When did you get diagnosed with Autism? Have your feelings towards Autism changed since then? I was diagnosed Autistic when I was little. It’s something I’ve always known, so I don’t know what it’s like not to know I have Autism.Some people call my Autism ‘Classic Autism’ and they think it’s a bad thing. But… Continue reading Autistic Girl Describes What Autism Means to Her
It is often the case that many have a stereotypical view that Autism equates, to at least some degree, to intellectual disability. This is a particularly strongly held belief towards Autistic children / adults who communicate non-verbally. Often correlating with this false belief, is the equally damaging belief that the child / adult has limited… Continue reading Understanding the Difference Between Autism and Intellectual Disability
Perhaps one of the greatest challenges currently confronting the Autism community is the diversity of Autism itself and the associated challenges this presents Autistic individuals, parents, professionals, schools and service providers in having a shared understanding of Autism - what it is, and what it is not. The diversity of Autism is often further complicated,… Continue reading What’s the Difference between Autism and Personality?
"I get excited when I understand what someone says. Most of the time I only understand bits of what they say, not all of what they say. When I understand all of what they say its like rainbow ice-cream, with sprinkles and chocolate sauce; its like eating a yummy treat". 'Language' is such a tricky… Continue reading When Understanding is like an Ice-cream Treat
"When my friends go up to someone and talk, I don't understand how words just come out of their mouth. I wish I could do that. How do they do that? It's not uncommon for an Autistic child's thinking to be profound or ahead of their peers. It is common for them to have significant… Continue reading
"I always thought everyone noticed me because I notice everything. I don't like being noticed. But I notice everything because I am autism. I maybe don't need to worry about people noticing me because if they are not Autism, they don't notice everything I notice. On reflection, it makes perfect sense that a child born… Continue reading Sensory Differences & Social Anxiety
Sometimes its big things. Sometimes just little things. But, big or small, in can appear to others that my little Miss has an almost obsessional desire for what others might perceive as ‘bold face lying’. Just recently to her psychologist of all people, Miss declared that she didn’t have a white board. Now, anyone who… Continue reading The Truth about Lying
It’s not uncommon to see small children at the local shopping centre pretending to be all manner of things – animals, superhero’s, fairy’s and cowboys - just to name a few. It was only last week my little Miss nine and I saw a pint-sized gold fish traversing the aisle of our local shop! Typically,… Continue reading Sometimes when ‘stuff’ happens, you just have to be a dog!