Just as having verbal speech ability doesn't equate to verbal ability to communicate thoughts, feelings and opinions; absence of verbal speech doesn't equate to not having thoughts and opinions, or not having the desire an ability to communicate them.
In 2016, while playing with paint, Cadence discovered that she could use colour and different materials to give expression to her thoughts and feelings. Since then she has been exploring and experimenting with different styles, materials and textures. She is a young girl who works extremely hard, and consistently, in a very focussed way, to… Continue reading Autism and Creativity – Art Needs no Words.
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?
Nine year old Cadence singing “Shine Together - It’s okay to be a little different”, in sign language. As a society, we so highly value speech ability that in its absence we often fail to recognise other equally valid forms of communication, including Makaton and sign language - this despite the reality that among the… Continue reading Sign Out Loud – Autism & Sign Language
"Parliament is teaching kids that don't have a disability that they shouldn't be with kids that do have a disability. I think that's mean. ... my school rules are to be respectful, to be safe and to be a learner. I think parliament should have the same rules. Saying to get rid of kids with… Continue reading Why I Belong in Mainstream School
"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