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

Communication

Listen and you will hear

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.

Communication

Sign Out Loud – Autism & Sign Language

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

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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The Truth about Lying – Autism and Inflexible Thinking

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 – Autism and Inflexible Thinking

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Acceptance – a film about autism (words by Cadence)

In five short minutes, Director Abigail Romero, takes us on a journey into the non-verbal world of a young Autistic girl. Through Cadence's words, Romero engages the audience in concepts of both societal acceptance towards Autism and the value of self-acceptance. An honest, sometimes raw but remarkable portrayal of one Autistic child's insight into self,… Continue reading Acceptance – a film about autism (words by Cadence)

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Cadence’s Rainbow Hearts Paintings

A colorful demonstration of Cadence translating her words into art.

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What Autism Awareness Month means to Cadence.

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. April 2nd is World Autism Day. Both seem to mean different things to different people. So I asked Cadence what she thought it might mean: "Something people do so other people learn that being different is normal - because not all grown-ups had good parents who taught… Continue reading What Autism Awareness Month means to Cadence.