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
Time for another installment in my "Understanding 'X' and Autism" posts, for all of those people out there trying to learn more and/or better understand their autistic friends and loved ones. For today's post, we'll start with a story. The scene is about two years ago, December of my sophomore year of high school. Every … Continue reading Understanding Echolalia and 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
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.
"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
There's something interesting I've noticed about the way people talk about autism. It's that non-autistic people and autistic people always seem to describe autism in a very different way. Ask a non-autistic person (non-autistic people have in the past and still continue to dominate the narrative about autism) what autism is, and if they're at … Continue reading Autism from the Insider’s Perspective
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?