How many times have you heard something of the following sorts about autism? "People with autism lack social skills." "People with autism can't communicate appropriately." "Deficits in theory of mind is a core symptom of autism." "People with autism lack the ability to feel empathy." As you can tell from the person-first language, these statements … Continue reading The Double Empathy Problem – A Paradigm Shift in Thinking About Autism
Have you ever heard of an elevator pitch? In the marketing world, an elevator pitch is how you would tell someone about your product or company or idea if you had to explain it to them while riding on an elevator, so within fifteen or twenty seconds or so. It's intended to give the listener … Continue reading The Autism “Elevator Pitch” and Other Thoughts On Talking About Autism
Ever since this blog started getting popular, I've had the opportunity and privilege to be able to become a resource for parents with autistic children. It makes me so happy that I can have this sort of influence, because I know that the more a parent understands about autism and the more positivity they have … Continue reading Sometimes my Heart Hurts for your Child
Few things irritate me more than the way autism is often written about on the internet, on pamphlets, and presented in news stories. These “introductions to autism” are frequently full of incomplete, outdated, or just plain wrong information on top of stereotypes and myths galore. They talk about autism as if it were some sort of disease that … Continue reading (Satire): An introduction to Allism
I am very excited about the upcoming Pixar short-film called "Loop." So excited that I can't think about it without bouncing and skipping around. It makes me want to shed a tear or joy. It's another sign we might be turning the corner towards good autism representation in the media. "But wait..." you're probably wondering. … Continue reading I am super excited for the upcoming short-film “Loop.”
I am incredibly lucky, privileged, and blessed to have so many amazing talents. I am a gifted writer and, as I recently learned, pretty good at giving presentations too. I've been told I'm doing a good job helping people better understand autism. Plus, I have the gift of an amazing memory, especially given things I'm … Continue reading Don’t let my talents discredit my challenges.
A few weekends ago, I had the privilege of attending the Autistics Present Symposium at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington. This year's theme was "Essential Youth Voices," and featured, with a few exceptions, all-autistic presenters between the ages of 13 and 22 (though a few were a bit older). I had a fantastic time at … Continue reading Autistics Present Symposium: Essential Youth Voices