Have you ever wondered what it feels like for some of our kids that have ASD? What are they thinking? Why do they need to do something repeatedly? Why do they not understand what I just said, over and over again?
What is ASD
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a broad umbrella term that characterizes individuals with difficulties in;
- social skills
- restricted and repetitive behavior
- sensory processing
- nonverbal communication
Each individual with ASD has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The way they think and problem-solve could range in severity, even from day to day.
I stumbled across a blog from a 15-year old named Ethan. He is a teenager living with Autism. His blog takes us on a journey through his mind. How he navigates social scenarios and answers so many questions. If you’re interested, I highly suggest taking a look at his blog! Here are some titles of his posts:
- How can Speech-Language Pathologists Better Assist High School Students on The Autism Spectrum with Communication?
- A Noisy Morning
- 3 Ways You Can Help Your Child Overcome Sensory Issues Before A Dental Appointment
- Texting Etiquette for Individuals with Autism
Find his blog here.
Here are some books that are written by either experts in the field or individuals with Autism.
- “Thinking Pictures” by Dr. Temple Grandin
- “Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism” by Dr. Barry Prizant and Thomas Fields-Meyer
- “Look Me in the Eye” by John Elder Robinson
- “The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism” by Naoki Higashida
Autism Society of Treasure Valley has several events coming up including their 18th Annual Run for Autism April 27th at Veterans Memorial Park. Visit their site to register or for more local information.
– Jessica Palomo Speech Language Pathologist at Kaleidoscope Pediatric Therapy.