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
"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
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?
Today, June 18th, is Autistic Pride Day. It's a day created by autistics and for autistics to stand in contrast against all of the negativity and stigma surrounding autism and celebrate our differences, neurodiversity, and awesome autistic uniqueness. It sounds awesome, and Autistic Pride Day is something I've supported for several years now. The only … Continue reading Autistic Pride Day 2019
We're just about halfway through April now. As you may be aware, the month of April is often a very stressful time for many autistic people, due to the fact that April is "Autism Month." This stress of course comes somewhat from the fact that we tend not to like all kinds of attention forced … Continue reading Moving Beyond Autism Awareness
"Autistic people hear everything at the same volume." Have any of you ever heard this? This statement is one I hear a lot, generally as a quick oversimplified explanation of one of the ways in which autistic people experience the world differently. I've long been turning this statement around in my head, dissecting it to … Continue reading Understanding Auditory Sensitivities in Autistic People – It’s not just about volume!