Communication

Free, Editable ‘About Me’ Profile Template

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

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School Communication Supports for Autistic Kids

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

Communication, Uncategorized

Ten Facts About Communicating Non-verbally

“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

Communication

Language and Communication Differences in Non-Speaking Autistics

“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”.

Communication

Autistic Pride: I am Proud of Who I Am

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 from a… Continue reading Autistic Pride: I am Proud of Who I Am

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Autistic Girl Describes What Autism Means to Her

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

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Stimming / Repetative Behaviour, Uncategorized

What’s the Difference between Autism and Personality?

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?

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When ‘Fun’ is Scary

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

Cadence's Writings, Communication, Uncategorized

"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

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Sensory Differences & Social Anxiety

"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