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.
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
"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
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
Cadence, as many eight year old's do, believes without doubt that fairies are real. She has written to the fairies asking a very important question "is there an autism fairy"? If such a fairy exists, she wonders if they might visit her - noting that the fairy will be safe in her friendship; that Cadence… Continue reading Is there an Autism Fairy?
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)
A colorful demonstration of Cadence translating her words into art.
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.
Humanity, at its core, needs no spoken words. Compassion. Empathy. Understanding. They need no words. Kindness and caring, loss and grief traverse culture, ethnicity, gender and disability. They need no words. Today Jame's jumped our joint back fence, as he often does to come play; but instead of play, today he was seeking comfort -… Continue reading Humanity needs no spoken words