Ensuring accurate detail - about 'little things' - might be the difference between a child coping, or a child not coping. Question from Pam: "I have a 5 year old son with Autism. He gets very angry, very easily over 'little things', things that aren't really important. Do you have any ideas on how I… Continue reading Little Things ARE Important
"I get excited when I understand what someone says. Most of the time I only understand bits of what they say, not all of what they say. When I understand all of what they say its like rainbow ice-cream, with sprinkles and chocolate sauce; its like eating a yummy treat". Cadence (aged 8) 'Language' is… Continue reading When Understanding is like an Ice-cream Treat
"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
"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
Cadence has two much loved cats,'Mo Mo' and 'Miss Tilly'. Mo Mo became part of the family the day he was born. Miss Tilly arrived last year as a 3 month old. Like humans, both moggy's have their own individual personalities and preferences, which Cadence relates to here: Mo Mo is a bit like me.… Continue reading No, Not all Cats have Autism.
Are you crunchy food or soft food orientated? Sensory challenges are common for children (and adults) on the spectrum. Oral sensitivities can be especially challenging when it comes to nutrition necessary for healthy development. Cadence, historically, experiences quite severe oral oversions, which have played a key role in past hospital admissions. Expanding food types is… Continue reading On Oral Sensitivities
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
Autism is often synonymous with a strong interest in sorting and arranging, making this button 'Tree of Life' craft project a desirable one for many kiddo's (and adults) on the spectrum. It also puts fine motor skills to work, in a fun and colorful way. The symbolism of the 'Tree of Life' and the meaning… Continue reading Button ‘Tree of Life’ Craft Tutorial
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’.
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!