"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 do" Cadence's definition of the word 'notice' encompasses her significantly heightened… Continue reading Sensory Differences & Social Anxiety
A Little Story about One Small Dog and her Young Autistic human - written by eight year old Cadence, about her special friend, 'Ruby Red'. “Ruby Red is my dog. She is a good dog. I don't know if she knows, but she helps me be brave and strong, when I feel scardy cat. She… Continue reading A Girls Best Friend
When eight year old Cadence penned a heartfelt letter to the fairies asking the important question, "is there an autism fairy?", Queen Fairy thought long and hard about her response. If such a fairy existed, young Cadence wondered if she might visit her – noting that the fairy will be safe in her friendship; that… Continue reading No, there is no ‘Autism Fairy’.
When pondering the question, "Why do people call Autism a label?", eight year old Cadence, who has Autism and other challenges, delightfully explained the difference between a tin labelled 'tomatoes', and one of her key 'ingredients', Autism, before proudly declaring "I have more ingredients than tomatoes". Text and image: "Why do people call Autism a… Continue reading The Autism Label
For Orlando. ".... I love my heart. I love your heart too. Mine beats strong, just like yours did. But yours is silent now. Its not how it should be; it makes no sense to me". Weather it be gender, personality, preferences, disability, skin color, religion, hair color or sexuality, 'differences' are something Cadence, as… Continue reading Making Sense of inhumanity
In this prose, “I survived”, 7 year old Cadence – who has Autism and other challenges, describes what she experiences when her brain becomes too overwhelmed to cope with a situation - from 'shutdown' to the relief that comes with recovery. “First … My brain stops. There is nothing. I cannot see. I cannot hear.… Continue reading 7 year old Autistic girl describes what ‘overwhelmed’ feels like.
Cadence's definition of the word 'notice' encompasses all senses - hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste. On reflection, it makes perfect sense that a child born with significant sensory differences in all senses, would 'assume' all people share these same differences. That this incorrect belief may hold an important key to assisting her in managing… Continue reading When ‘noticing’ results in Anxiety
A short 'Video Book' of thoughts, feelings and writings about Autism, by a child with Autism. In this video 7 year old Cadence shares her writings about what makes her different, sensory issues, communication challenges and gives insight into her 'color coded' description of emotions. Length: 2:09 (simply press 'pause' if more time is needed… Continue reading Cadence’s ‘Video Book’ of Writings