Just as having verbal speech ability doesn't equate to verbal ability to communicate thoughts, feelings and opinions; absence of verbal speech doesn't equate to not having thoughts and opinions, or not having the desire an ability to communicate them.
A mum describes her very high support needs Autistic child from two very different perspectives.
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.
Cadence shares with the The I CAN Network what Autism means to her - it’s challenges, benefits and what her perfect world would look like. 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… Continue reading Autistic Girl Describes What Autism Means to Her
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.
Cadence, as many eight year old's do, believes without doubt that fairies are real. She has written to the fairies asking a very important question "is there an autism fairy"? If such a fairy exists, she wonders if they might visit her - noting that the fairy will be safe in her friendship; that Cadence… Continue reading Is there an Autism Fairy?
It’s not uncommon to see small children at the local shopping center, pretending to be all manner of things – animals, superhero’s, fairy’s and cowboys, just to name a few. It was only last week Cadence and I saw a pint-sized gold fish traversing the aisle of our local shop! But what of ‘bigger kids’?… Continue reading Sometimes when ‘stuff’ happens, you just have to be a dog!