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Are Social Skills ‘Deficits’ an inherent part of Autism? Or, do both Autistic & Neurotypical people need to learn how to socialise with each other?

“When I was little the most common thing other kids said to me about what they know of Autism is “Autistic kids find it hard to make friends” or “Autistic kids don’t know how to make friends”. If I asked for more information, like “why do Autistic kids have this trouble”, they did not know… Continue reading Are Social Skills ‘Deficits’ an inherent part of Autism? Or, do both Autistic & Neurotypical people need to learn how to socialise with each other?

Communication

Free, Editable ‘About Me’ Profile Template

Inclusive Education is important to me! An inclusive school is flexible and adapts to and supports the individual needs of each kid. To do this the school needs a good understanding of each kids needs and preferences. Profile Sheets (sometimes called ‘About Me’ sheets) is one helpful way to share important information about strengths, preferences… Continue reading Free, Editable ‘About Me’ Profile Template

Communication, Uncategorized

School Communication Supports for Autistic Kids

One way I communicate at school is with Communication cards I wear on a lanyard. These are cards that tell what I need or want by showing the teacher (or another person) a card. I usually don’t feel comfortable at the beginning of the year showing the teacher though because new teachers don’t feel safe… Continue reading School Communication Supports for Autistic Kids

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Talking to Children about their Autism Diagnosis

This list of free, Autistic-led resources, compiled by the I CAN NETWORK helps provide support to parents on how to talk to their children about Autism and / or being Autistic in a way that is respectful, accurate and validating. ▪️ From Reframing Autism, "Talking To Children About Autism." Dr. Melanie Heyworth, an Autistic mother… Continue reading Talking to Children about their Autism Diagnosis

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Autism and Creativity – Art Needs no Words.

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.

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Uncategorized

Understanding the Difference Between Autism and Intellectual Disability

It is often the case that many have a stereotypical view that Autism equates, to at least some degree, to intellectual disability. This is a particularly strongly held belief towards Autistic children / adults who communicate non-verbally. Often correlating with this false belief, is the equally damaging belief that the child / adult has limited… Continue reading Understanding the Difference Between Autism and Intellectual Disability

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Stimming / Repetative Behaviour, Uncategorized

What’s the Difference between Autism and Personality?

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?

Communication

Sign Out Loud – Autism & Sign Language

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

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When ‘Fun’ is Scary

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