Perspectives

behavior

Autism is a Reason for Behaviors, Not an Excuse

Autism, while it is so much a part of me, it can also make some things harder. The same may be true for the children and adults that you work with who have various...

Emotional Interpretation of Children with Special Needs

Parents of children with special needs and particularly parents of children on the autism spectrum, are often led to believe that their child has "no emotions or no empathy". Unfortunately, this is a stereotype based...

Dogs Who Teach Social Skills

I've met some pretty amazing dogs in my life and we have one in our family. His name is Huck and he is a full-size Labradoodle. But the dogs who participate in the K-9...

What Does it Mean to be “Different”?

Many of you probably know that I am an openly high-functioning autistic college student, and I am very proud of identifying with this. I am open because I want to make a difference and...

Sibling Rivalry Can Be a Positive

Part of the genetic makeup of any siblings seems to be that there is some sort of rivalry between them. I have a brother, and we were competitive when we were living in the...
iPad as a Tool

Oh, The Things You Can Do with an iPad

I remember when iPads first came out. My dad was the first one in my family to get one. I didn't want one; I felt like it was silly because I had an iPod Touch...

One Mom’s Experience with Advocacy

Since I started my blog at Special-Ism, I have covered many topics. I have worn my heart on my sleeve and opened up to the world about some very personal experiences. Our latest challenge...

Students Living and Coping With Sensory Differences

As an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, I experience sensory differences. These sensory differences can and often do impact my day-to-day life. One important thing to remember is that I have always had...

Thanksgiving at Home? Prepare in Advance

Thanksgiving, in most homes, is usually an extended family event. This means there will be a lot of people, some new faces, and tons of noise. There will be new people shouting at each...
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Is Your Child a “Class Clown” to Gain Acceptance?

We all want to be accepted and to have friends,  particularly at school but sometimes kids with special-isms are so socially different that they stand out from their classmates.  Standing out makes it much...