“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”.
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).
A selection of short prose and memes on Autistic thinking, sensory experiences, language development, communication and parenting.
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
Autistic Pride Day, on the 18th June, is a growing grassroots initiative by the Autistic community. It is a day initiated and led by Autistics individuals themselves to celebrate their neurodiversity. It is distinctly separate from the Autism Awareness Day / week held in April each year, which tends to focus on Autism… Continue reading Autistic Pride: I am Proud of Who I Am
Bill started bouncing and flapping. The Helper told Bill to calm down. Mumma said, "Its ok". Then she looked at Bill and said, "I like that you are feeling happy this morning". Bill flapped harder and said, "Bill going to the pub. Bill going to the pub"! Across the road from my school there is… Continue reading The Changing World of Autism – a generational story
Just as having verbal speech ability doesn't equate to verbal ability to communicate thoughts, feelings and opinions; absence of verbal speech doesn't equate to not having thoughts and opinions, or not having the desire an ability to communicate them.