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.
'Bee Yourself Project - Kindness Rocks' is the initiative of ten year old Cadence who delights in 'behind the scenes' acts of human kindness that brings warmth and positivity to others. A 'spin off' from #KindnessRocks, Cadence's 'Bee Yourself Project - Kindness Rocks' aims to: 💜 Promote messages that encourage children and young people to… Continue reading Bee Yourself Project
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?”
In 2016, while playing with paint, Cadence discovered that she could use colour and different materials to give expression to her thoughts and feelings. Since then she has been exploring and experimenting with different styles, materials and textures. She is a young girl who works extremely hard, and consistently, in a very focussed way, to… Continue reading Autism and Creativity – Art Needs no Words.
Cadence shares with the The I CAN Network what Autism means to her - it’s challenges, benefits and what her perfect world would look like. 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… 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?
Nine year old Cadence singing “Shine Together - It’s okay to be a little different”, in sign language. As a society, we so highly value speech ability that in its absence we often fail to recognise other equally valid forms of communication, including Makaton and sign language - this despite the reality that among the… Continue reading Sign Out Loud – Autism & Sign Language
What might be enjoyable and fun for many children, can be a very frightening and distressing experience for other children. 'Book Week' celebrations and other dress-up days can cause considerable confusion and distress to Autistic children - whose neurological processing relies, to a large degree, on 'familiarity' and 'known' knowledge (past experiences) to navigate the… Continue reading When ‘Fun’ is Scary