For many people working with those who have an autism spectrum condition, autism behaviours can be difficult to understand. This lack of understanding often translates into lack of empathy. I explain the reasons behind rocking, bouncing and swinging in the hopes that a better understanding of these behaviours will assist […]
If the first word that a teenager ever expressed, slowly and doggedly poking at a keyboard, was ‘hurts’, what would you do? Would you think it was a mistake? Or an accident? Or would you go deeper into the reasons for that word being the first and painstaking connection? […]
Sometimes people ask what drives me. Why do I push so hard to make things better, when life is already so many more degrees of difficult for me? Why am I not content with just helping a few parents, a few educators, a few adults here or there? Why can’t […]
I have to believe there is room in this world to both make the world a better place, and to earn a decent living, at the same time (check out The Natural Step for a source of hope). None of us need be losers, especially those of us with the capacity […]
It’s so hard to watch some school videos about autism, when I know how much better these students’ lives could be, with the right information and support. You see us rubbing our foreheads a lot when we’re having a bad day. The inflammation in the brain waxes and wanes, and […]
When I go somewhere, I never know how much it’s going to hurt me, or for how long. This is one of several occasions when I have tried to document the process of recuperation, to support others in understanding the symptoms, and what kinds of environments will prevent this. People […]
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