Recently, I went to a restaurant at a shopping mall with a mostly nonverbal, preteen client (let's call him Josh) and his mother. There was a cafeteria-style food counter, and next to that, a place to stack used dishes, a slot (like a mail slot) for used silverware, and bins for trash and recycling. Josh… Continue reading Behavior is Communication, but it’s not always easy to interpret
We should not ask things of our children that we aren't willing to do ourselves, whether that is tolerating discomfort, working hard, or accepting corrections gracefully.
This brilliant post describes my life almost perfectly. https://chavisory.wordpress.com/2019/05/27/i-identify-as-tired/ I started wondering something explicitly for the first time recently, and that is: How many autistic kids who fly under the radar for years, or forever, present primarily to non-autistic observers as exhausted?I wonder this as I continue recovering from a recent production, and my main… Continue reading Reblog: I identify as tired — Chavisory’s Notebook
After the hundreds, thousands, maybe millions of times that he has tried and failed to get someone to understand something, he still cared enough, hoped enough, trusted enough to try to bridge that gap of understanding once more....
Autism means... ...Running down the hill, full tilt, holding hands, feet flying, gasping for breath, laughing for the sheer joy of it. Autism means entire conversations held without words. Autism means... The constant and constantly changing puzzle-game of trying to understand one another, and the incredible moments of joy and excitement -- the Aha! --… Continue reading Thought-petals: What Autism Means To Me
He's one of those kids that people (myself included, I'm embarrassed to say) inevitably describe as being “in their own world.”* But that's not true at all. Better to say that he perceives and interacts with the same world we do... he just does so very differently than most of us. We don't "speak" the… Continue reading Bee-bee-beeeee
You have to have this kind of mental flexibility when language is limited. Questions aren't always answered in the way that you expect.