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)
Cadence, the little girl whose insights and short stories about Autism often go viral on social and mainstream media sights, is very much a 'regular' kid who just happens to also be a little different", says Mum. Here she shares a little about the Cadence 'behind the words'. “Cadence is just Cadence. She is, intellectually, … Continue reading Behind the Words
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 many children on the spectrum the unpredictability of holiday times is often more associated with anxiety than enjoyment.
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.
Twirling is spinning, around and around. Spinning is stimming - doing something again and again. Its an autism thing, but people who are not autism,they spin too - just not nearly as much, as I do. Spinning is cool - It relaxes me, it calms my brain. I never get dizzy! It's safe. It's fun.… Continue reading Spinning is ‘Stimming’ – Come Spin with me!
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