Bill started bouncing and flapping. The Helper told Bill to calm down. Mumma said, "Its ok". Then she looked at Bill and said, "I like that you are feeling happy this morning". Bill flapped harder and said, "Bill going to the pub. Bill going to the pub"! Across the road from my school there is… Continue reading The Changing World of Autism – a generational story
When did you get diagnosed with Autism? Have your feelings towards Autism changed since then? I was diagnosed Autistic when I was little. It’s something I’ve always known, so I don’t know what it’s like not to know I have Autism.Some people call my Autism ‘Classic Autism’ and they think it’s a bad thing. But… Continue reading Autistic Girl Describes What Autism Means to Her
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
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
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.
A Little Story about One Small Dog and her Young Autistic human. “Ruby Red is my dog. She is a good dog. I don't know if she knows, but she helps me be brave and strong, when I feel scardy cat. She went to kindy with me, and school and to the shops and parade… Continue reading A Girls Best Friend
It’s not uncommon to see small children at the local shopping centre pretending to be all manner of things – animals, superhero’s, fairy’s and cowboys - just to name a few. It was only last week my little Miss nine and I saw a pint-sized gold fish traversing the aisle of our local shop! Typically,… Continue reading Sometimes when ‘stuff’ happens, you just have to be a dog!
“First … My brain stops. There is nothing. I cannot see. I cannot hear. I am not there. I don’t feel anything.Next … My heart is pounding, booming so fast. Can you feel it? Can you hear it? My fingers tingle, feeling strange. Goosebumps all over; they prickle me. Feel so cold; can’t get… Continue reading 7 year old Autistic girl describes what ‘overwhelmed’ feels like.
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 her social anxiety, is an interesting one.