Emotions & Feelings, Uncategorized

A Girls Best Friend

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

Cadence's Writings, Emotions & Feelings, Uncategorized

No, there is no ‘Autism Fairy’.

When eight year old Cadence, who has Autism and other challenges, 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… Continue reading No, there is no ‘Autism Fairy’.

Cadence's Writings, Communication, Emotions & Feelings, Stimming / Repetative Behaviour

Is there an Autism Fairy?

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?

Stimming / Repetative Behaviour, Uncategorized

Sometimes when ‘stuff’ happens, you just have to be a dog!

It’s not uncommon to see small children at the local shopping center, pretending to be all manner of things – animals, superhero’s, fairy’s and cowboys, just to name a few.  It was only last week Cadence and I saw a pint-sized gold fish traversing the aisle of our local shop! But what of ‘bigger kids’?… Continue reading Sometimes when ‘stuff’ happens, you just have to be a dog!

Communication, Uncategorized

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)

Emotions & Feelings, Uncategorized

The Autism Label

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

Cadence's Writings, Uncategorized

Project Home

An interview with Cadence about her self-initiated project, 'Project Home', in which she aims to provide basic needs to people sleeping rough in parks or cars, and craft items to children staying in women's shelters. Why do you want to help people who don't have a home? "In the holidays I stayed in the city with… Continue reading Project Home