A selection of short prose and memes on Autistic thinking, sensory experiences, language development, communication and parenting.
“The difference in how language is acquired and used means the vocabulary is different, the nuances are different, the structure of language and how words are formed is different, and our relationship with language is different”.
“When I was little the most common thing other kids said to me about what they know of Autism is “Autistic kids find it hard to make friends” or “Autistic kids don’t know how to make friends”. If I asked for more information, like “why do Autistic kids have this trouble”, they did not know… Continue reading Are Social Skills ‘Deficits’ an inherent part of Autism? Or, do both Autistic & Neurotypical people need to learn how to socialise with each other?
Inclusive Education is important to me! An inclusive school is flexible and adapts to and supports the individual needs of each kid. To do this the school needs a good understanding of each kids needs and preferences. Profile Sheets (sometimes called ‘About Me’ sheets) is one helpful way to share important information about strengths, preferences… Continue reading Free, Editable ‘About Me’ Profile Template
One way I communicate at school is with Communication cards I wear on a lanyard. These are cards that tell what I need or want by showing the teacher (or another person) a card. I usually don’t feel comfortable at the beginning of the year showing the teacher though because new teachers don’t feel safe… Continue reading School Communication Supports for Autistic Kids
When a person's body or brain works quite differently from most other people that difference is called a disability. Individuals can be born with their disability or their disability can occur later in life through accident or illness. Autism is a neuro-developmental disability that individuals are born with. Disability includes physical, sensory, cognitive, developmental, intellectual,… Continue reading Disability, Ableism & Inclusion
Sometimes it’s truly inadvertent and in these cases - a “once off, never repeated” scenario, but one that lingers with the child. Often it’s borne from the parents own challenges in regulating and managing their emotions. Other times, tragically, its a conscious and deliberate parenting choice that influences the parents every action and response towards… Continue reading How We Teach Our Autistic Children To Mask Their Autism (and their needs).
This list of free, Autistic-led resources, compiled by the I CAN NETWORK helps provide support to parents on how to talk to their children about Autism and / or being Autistic in a way that is respectful, accurate and validating. ▪️ From Reframing Autism, "Talking To Children About Autism." Dr. Melanie Heyworth, an Autistic mother… Continue reading Talking to Children about their Autism Diagnosis
Autism is a part of me that makes me, me. It’s a big part because it’s how my brain thinks about and understands things differently. I have lots of other ingredients too. I’m kind. I’m clever. I’m playful. I’m cautious. I’m very sensitive. I’m observant. I’m a seeker - I like to learn about things.… Continue reading My Many Ingredients
Parent of Autistic tween shares what she would do differently if they had they had their time again.
“Music, touch, smiles - they all tell a story if we pay attention. Without speech, we have to use all our senses to connect on a more direct level”. Rami Kripke-Ludwig ”... I found my voice through pointing on my board. It was so frustrating (before then) to not be able to tell anyone how… Continue reading Ten Facts About Communicating Non-verbally