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.
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
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
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
"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
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
A Little Story about One Small Dog and her Young Autistic human - written by eight year old Cadence, about her special friend, 'Ruby Red'. “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… Continue reading A Girls Best Friend