Why Do Autistic People Rock? Let's begin with a short answer to this question, and then we can pick it apart a bit to gain a better understanding as we go. Rocking can be a form of “stimming”, which is a word used to describe self-stimulatory behavior. It is a repetitive behavior often used to self regulate, to seek sensory input and to express oneself such as when happy or when upset. … [Read more...] about Why Do Autistic People Rock?
Does autism make you smarter A question I frequently hear is, does autism make you smarter? The simple answer: No it does not. Autism is a cognitive disorder, it is a developmental disability, it is not however a mental illness nor a mental disorder. Autism itself does not increase nor decrease intelligence. That being said, people who are diagnosed with autism often receive additional diagnoses … [Read more...] about Does autism make you smarter?
Does Asperger's get worse with age? A question I hear a lot is, Does Asperger's get worse with age? This question can almost seem offensive to autism parents. What some autism parents think of when we hear a question like this is, what do you mean “worse”? Are you implying that there's something “wrong” with my child? Are you saying that he/she is bad in some way? … [Read more...] about Does Asperger’s get worse with age?
About a year ago I interviewed a young autistic adult for a position with our company. We were barely into the first question when I suspected he had autism. I can't say specifically what it was about him. Maybe it was the way he made eye contact without ever seeming to really see me. … [Read more...] about I Hired An Employee With Autism
School Age 5/6 years old until preteens Starting/Back to school is fun! (said no autism parent ever!) Turn on any TV or radio station starting around July (depending on where you live) and you will see celebrities sporting their goods, breakfast companies soliciting mind fuel eats and more discount stores than you knew existed advertising colorful folders. This … [Read more...] about Back To School Tips Autism
"Gratitude and respect are learned behaviors. The characteristics that encompass an autism diagnosis hinder the ability to be able to understand them. All people are ungrateful and disrespectful to some extent. The gap between neurotypical disrespectful and what you experience with your kids is autism." -Bella … [Read more...] about Why Is My Autistic Child Disrespectful?