Stop Pathologizing Autistic Play

A topic came up in an autism support group I frequent. A mother said that her son's Early Intervention therapist was trying to get him to stop "repetitive play," and play more the way typical children do. The mom didn't see any harm in repetitive play, but the therapist claimed her son was doing the… Continue reading Stop Pathologizing Autistic Play

Steps Towards Communication

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....

Just Amazing

Sometimes my job is difficult, frustrating, or annoying. Sometimes it makes me feel like the luckiest person in the world. This day was the second kind. And not just because I got to wear a bathing suit to work! *** Less than a year ago, I would arrive at his house, pile into the car… Continue reading Just Amazing

Communication is a collaboration

It takes (at least) two people to communicate. The transfer of information does not happen in a void. Lots of professional people have written professional things about this, everywhere from brain injury journals to Star Trek fan forums. Here's what it looks like (sometimes) in real life: My client takes his mother's hand, tugs. She… Continue reading Communication is a collaboration

Notes About Learning Language

I just got finished reading this excellent article: http://www.assistiveware.com/are-our-assumptions-about-autism-and-aac-all-wrong Fortunately, I've only once seen a case where an autistic client's AAC was used in the horribly restrictive way that this article warns against. I have also been privileged to witness some wonderful AAC uses, and I'm in the process of learning how to encourage even… Continue reading Notes About Learning Language

Bee-bee-beeeee

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

Autism Awareness Month: Before You Light It Up Blue

It's almost April, and you know what that means. "Autism" is the word of the day. Speaking of words, many of us were told: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me." I think we all know that's not true. Words can hurt a lot, even words that aren't meant… Continue reading Autism Awareness Month: Before You Light It Up Blue

Some Days in My Life

Good news and bad. Successes and frustrations. We take steps forward and steps back. Sometimes we fly. Sometimes we fall. I accompanied a client to the Get Air trampoline park a few times recently. They offer support people free admission with their clients. And one time, when my the client declined to go on after we… Continue reading Some Days in My Life

Fever Dreams and Philosophical Musings

Last night, I fell asleep with a mild fever. My life chased me into my dreams. *** In my dream, my client breaks something while I struggle to help his mother in the kitchen. His ABA team makes him stay up all night cleaning, and in the morning a troop of therapists convenes to discuss… Continue reading Fever Dreams and Philosophical Musings