AAC, Autism, and the Communication First Approach

One thing that often confuses people new to the autism world are all the acronyms. It seems like just about everything has a three-letter acronym associated with it, and I can understand why it would be difficult to keep all of them straight or remember what they all stand for. But there's one acronym that … Continue reading AAC, Autism, and the Communication First Approach

Eight Keys to Supporting Autistic Students at School (from an Autistic Person)

Few traditions are as time-honored and universal than the yearly return of kids to school and the flurry of excitement, nervousness, and perhaps too many school supplies that come with it. And though the start of the 2020 school year is a bit different in some places than in previous years, the fact is that … Continue reading Eight Keys to Supporting Autistic Students at School (from an Autistic Person)

Navigating Autistic Communication (and Social Grey Area)

Autistic and non-autistic people have differing communication styles in both obvious and not-so-obvious ways. It’s not that one style is right and the other is wrong, it’s just different. One of the many commonly-cited differences between autistic and non-autistic communication is that autistic people are generally more black and white with communication where non-autistic people … Continue reading Navigating Autistic Communication (and Social Grey Area)

The Autism “Elevator Pitch” and Other Thoughts On Talking 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

Understanding Echolalia and 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