Autistic person in an autistic community group online: "Is it okay if I listen to the same song over and over? It makes me happy, but I don't know if it's okay to do it." This right here is why we need autism acceptance. Autistic kids and adults with their own instincts so overridden by... Continue Reading →
The other morning I had a conversation with 9 year old Early Bird. It included a relativity thought experiment, subjective time aging compared to non relativistic subjective time, Steven Hawkins' Time Traveler Party experiment, orbital mechanics, and correcting a common misconception about how escaping the atmosphere. I shared it on my personal facebook because I... Continue Reading →
We did this last fall and we're doing it again this fall! Fall is my favorite time of year, and I try to bring it about as soon as possible indoors, even if the outside insists that it's still summer. I looked through my old posts and realized I totally forgot to blog about this... Continue Reading →
I have shared before how I use screenshots of Lady Bug's preferred show at the time to encourage engagement and learning away from the screen. I have two Super Why examples that I'd like to share. There is a Super Why episode, season 3 episode 2, that is wonderful for early literacy. The episode is... Continue Reading →
Communication that doesn't look like what you're used to or immediately understand is still worthwhile communication
I thought I'd share some of the ways that I know my daughter loves me, even when she doesn't use words to tell me, so that maybe others could see that their child is saying it to them, too.
"My family is insisting my autistic child should have a birthday party, but my child gets sensory overload from parties and hates the change in routine. What should I do?"
Google the phrase "lining things up" and you get scary results with words like "red flag" and "inappropriate play." Why is this so threatening?
If Lady Bug was having a difficult time and melting down a lot, it would totally be considered to be my fault. So why don't I get the credit when things are going well?
I wrote a post about what scripting looks like in our house, but I was dissatisfied because it didn't have enough specific examples. I would like to tell the story of Lady Bug, Little Einsteins, and Scripting.
I've mentioned scripting and scripting sources before, but I've not shared very much what it looks like. Lady Bug was talking precociously at 14 months. Sometime around her 2nd birthday, she stopped talking. For a few months the only indicators of what she was thinking and feeling was what Little Einstein song's melody she was... Continue Reading →