Stimming / Repetative Behaviour, Uncategorized

Sometimes when ‘stuff’ happens, you just have to be a dog!

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!

Communication, Uncategorized

Acceptance – a film about autism (words by Cadence)

In five short minutes, Director Abigail Romero, takes us on a journey into the non-verbal world of a young Autistic girl. Through Cadence's words, Romero engages the audience in concepts of both societal acceptance towards Autism and the value of self-acceptance. An honest, sometimes raw but remarkable portrayal of one Autistic child's insight into self,… Continue reading Acceptance – a film about autism (words by Cadence)

About Cadence, Uncategorized

Behind the Words

Cadence, the little girl whose insights and short stories about Autism often go viral on social and mainstream media sights, is very much a 'regular' kid who just happens to also be a little different", says Mum, Angela.  Here she shares a little about the Cadence 'behind the words'. “Cadence is just Cadence.  She is,… Continue reading Behind the Words

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

Making Sense of inhumanity

For Orlando. ".... I love my heart. I love your heart too. Mine beats strong, just like yours did. But yours is silent now. Its not how it should be; it makes no sense to me". Weather it be gender, personality, preferences, disability, skin color, religion, hair color or sexuality, 'differences' are something Cadence, as… Continue reading Making Sense of inhumanity

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

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.