Cadence's Writings, Uncategorized

Autistic Girl Describes What Autism Means to Her

When did you get diagnosed with Autism? Have your feelings towards Autism changed since then? I was diagnosed Autistic when I was little. It’s something I’ve always known, so I don’t know what it’s like not to know I have Autism.Some people call my Autism ‘Classic Autism’ and they think it’s a bad thing. But… Continue reading Autistic Girl Describes What Autism Means to Her

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Uncategorized

Understanding the Difference Between Autism and Intellectual Disability

It is often the case that many have a stereotypical view that Autism equates, to at least some degree, to intellectual disability. This is a particularly strongly held belief towards Autistic children / adults who communicate non-verbally. Often correlating with this false belief, is the equally damaging belief that the child / adult has limited… Continue reading Understanding the Difference Between Autism and Intellectual Disability

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Stimming / Repetative Behaviour, Uncategorized

What’s the Difference between Autism and Personality?

Perhaps one of the greatest challenges currently confronting the Autism community is the diversity of  Autism itself and the associated challenges this presents Autistic individuals, parents, professionals, schools and service providers in having a shared understanding of Autism - what it is, and what it is not. The diversity of Autism is often further complicated,… Continue reading What’s the Difference between Autism and Personality?

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When Understanding is like an Ice-cream Treat

"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".  'Language' is such a tricky… Continue reading When Understanding is like an Ice-cream Treat

Cadence's Writings, Communication, Uncategorized

"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

Cadence's Writings, Emotions & Feelings, Uncategorized

Sensory Differences & Social Anxiety

"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 notice. On reflection, it makes perfect sense that a child born… Continue reading Sensory Differences & Social Anxiety

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 centre  pretending to be all manner of things – animals, superhero’s, fairy’s and cowboys - just to name a few.  It was only last week my little Miss nine  and I saw a pint-sized gold fish traversing the aisle of our local shop! Typically,… Continue reading Sometimes when ‘stuff’ happens, you just have to be a dog!

Emotions & Feelings, Uncategorized

7 year old Autistic girl describes what ‘overwhelmed’ feels like.

  “First … My brain stops. There is nothing. I cannot see. I cannot hear. I am not there. I don’t feel anything.Next … My heart is pounding, booming so fast. Can you feel it? Can you hear it? My fingers tingle, feeling strange. Goosebumps all over; they prickle me. Feel so cold; can’t get… Continue reading 7 year old Autistic girl describes what ‘overwhelmed’ feels like.