Parent Resources

Free resources and articles to support parents in understanding Autism and parenting their Autistic child in a respectful, validating and individual needs based way. Simply on the title heading to navigate to the resource.

REFLECTIONS ON AUTISM
A collection of selected short proses on Autism, including sensory differences, language / communication and processing differences.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AUTISM AND PERSONALITY
An article about the important distinction between Autism as the “brains operating system”, and individual personality as the ‘brains conductor”.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AUTISM AND INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY
Understanding the difference between Autism and Intellectual Disability, and why distinction between the two is important.

WHAT I WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY
A parent of an Autistic tween shares what she would do differently if they had their time again.

TALKING TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT THEIR AUTISTM DIAGNOSIS
Helpful resources for talking to your child about their Autism diagnosis.

LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION
An in-depth article looking at differences in language development in non-speaking children, and ways to support alternative forms of communication.

THE TRUTH ABOUT LYING
How literal and focused thinking patterns (“restricted thinking”) can look like “bold face lying” and strategies for supporting flexible thinking.

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO BE A DOG
An article about one creative approach to responding to negative commentary about your child’s behavioural differences.

I DIDN’T HAVE THE WORDS TO TELL YOU
 An important conversation between a Mom and her Autistic Daughter.

RESPONDING TO A MELTDOWN / SHUTDOWN Cadence describes what overwhelmed feels like. This article includes helpful advice on responding to a meltdown or shutdown.

THE CHANGING WORLD OF AUTISM
A heartwarming and hopeful piece about a 60 year old Autistic man and a 10 year old Autistic girl.

AUTISTIC PRIDE
Cadence explains what makes her proud to be Autistic.

WHAT AUTISM MEANS TO ME
Cadence describes how her Autistic neurology plays our in her day to day life.

TEN FACTS ABOUT COMMUNICATING NON-VERBALLY
Introductory article on supporting non-speaking Autistics.

MY CHILD’S ‘SEVERE’ AUTISM
A mother details her experience of her child’s Autism from two very different perspectives.

NO, THERE IS NO AUTISM FAIRY
A lovely children’s introduction to neurodiversity and disability.

HOW WORDS HARM AUTISTIC CHILDREN
A look at how children interpret how others speak about Autism.

SPINNING IS STIMMING Through words and video, Cadence shares her delight in spinning.