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
Last month I posted a huge post all about meltdowns and autism. I talked about what a meltdown is and what it isn't, what meltdowns are like, and tips for how people can be helpful and supportive. You can read it by clicking here. In it, I also mentioned that I'd like to write a … Continue reading Understanding Shutdowns and Autism
"Beneath every behavior is a feeling. And beneath every feeling is a need. And when we meet that need rather than focus on the behavior, we begin to deal with the cause and not the symptom." - Psychologist Ashleigh Warner I used to have daily meltdowns. There was a time in early elementary school where … Continue reading Understanding Meltdowns and Autism
Pretty soon, I'm going back to school for the last time before I am an adult. It's the start of my senior year of high school, and by the end of the year I will have completed the journey of public education that I began thirteen years ago. For essentially as long as I remember, … Continue reading Unintended Consequences of School Rules – How you may be hurting your autistic students and not even know it.
When we were all kids, we inevitably heard quite a few bits of questionable information. We have all likely taken a few of these little factoids to heart, hence the reason why Wikipedia needs a "List of Common Misconceptions" page. I bet most of us, though, also heard something that just clearly didn't add up … Continue reading What does listening look like?
I truly believe that one of the biggest reasons I have mega-anxiety about being approached by people is because they will inevitably ask me what is probably my least favorite question of all time: "How are you?" I cannot process this question. Or other questions like it, such as "how was your day?" or even … Continue reading Asking Direct Questions
Too often, people make the mistake of underestimating how much a disability, and this is particularly true for hidden disabilities, actually impact a person's ability to do fairly basic everyday things. As part of this, it is often assumed that just because a person can do something, that this means they have no trouble with it and … Continue reading On Invisible Barriers – Perspective Matters