A mum describes her very high support needs Autistic child from two very different perspectives.
What might be enjoyable and fun for many children, can be a very frightening and distressing experience for other children. 'Book Week' celebrations and other dress-up days can cause considerable confusion and distress to Autistic children - whose neurological processing relies, to a large degree, on 'familiarity' and 'known' knowledge (past experiences) to navigate the… Continue reading When ‘Fun’ is Scary
"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.
Sometimes its big things. Sometimes just little things. But, big or small, in can appear to others that my little Miss has an almost obsessional desire for what others might perceive as ‘bold face lying’. Just recently, to her psychologist of all people, Miss declared, that she didn’t have a white board. Now, anyone who… Continue reading The Truth about Lying – Autism and Inflexible Thinking
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
When eight year old Cadence 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 be safe in her friendship; that… Continue reading No, there is no ‘Autism Fairy’.
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)
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