Emotions & Feelings, Uncategorized

The Autism Label

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

Emotions & Feelings, Uncategorized

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

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.

Emotions & Feelings, Uncategorized

When ‘noticing’ results in Anxiety

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

Emotions & Feelings

Cadence’s ‘Video Book’ of Writings

A short 'Video Book' of thoughts, feelings and writings about Autism, by a child with Autism. In this video 7 year old Cadence shares her writings about what makes her different, sensory issues, communication challenges and gives insight into her 'color coded' description of emotions. Length: 2:09 (simply press 'pause' if more time is needed… Continue reading Cadence’s ‘Video Book’ of Writings

Communication, Uncategorized

What Autism Awareness Month means to Cadence.

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. April 2nd is World Autism Day. Both seem to mean different things to different people. So I asked Cadence what she thought it might mean: "Something people do so other people learn that being different is normal - because not all grown-ups had good parents who taught… Continue reading What Autism Awareness Month means to Cadence.

About Cadence, Uncategorized

What an adult might call 'compassionate', a child might call a 'clown'! Seven year old Cadence, who has Autism and other challenges, reminds us there can be much beauty seeing the world through a different lens. It is common for an autistic child to reference, or say things, seemingly inappropriate, or seemingly out of context… Continue reading

Communication, Friendship, Uncategorized

Humanity needs no spoken words

Humanity, at its core, needs no spoken words. Compassion. Empathy. Understanding. They need no words.  Kindness and caring, loss and grief traverse culture, ethnicity, gender and disability. They need no words. Today Jame's jumped our joint back fence, as he often does to come play; but instead of play, today he was seeking comfort -… Continue reading Humanity needs no spoken words

Emotions & Feelings, Uncategorized

Green Days make me feel Yellow

Color is important to Cadence. Much of how she relates to the world is through color (sight) and texture (touch). Cadence best understands, relates too and responds to feelings / emotions in her own unique 'color coded' way. Here she shares her short story, "Green days make me feel Yellow". Scared is purple and blue.… Continue reading Green Days make me feel Yellow