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
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
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
"Autism doesn't make me special. It just makes me different". Cadence is an independent thinker, with her own developing values and beliefs. Full text reads: "I don't like it when people say I'm special. Special is an adjective. It means better or greater. I'm not better than other people. I'm not more important than my… Continue reading Autism Doesn’t make me special
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
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.
What 'messages' are children on the Autism Spectrum hearing - from ourselves, from other parents, at school, from media and in the general community? And what are the 'take home' learning's - spoken and unspoken, they are internalizing from these messages? Of course there are parental challenges that come with raising children on the Autism… Continue reading Are your words harming Autistic Children?
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