Thursday, November 19, 2015

10 Asperger's Symptoms

This is an interesting video but I need to say that these symptoms are not universal. This is what this young man experiences but another person may have different experiences.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Autism and Emotion

I was once told by a well meaning lady that it must be tough to have children that I cannot connect with emotionally. I was really taken off guard as that is not my experience.

More conversation revealed that her only encounter with autism was a young neighbour who seemed completely unemotional and lost in his own world. This is another example of, "If you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism."

I am sure that there are people with autism who have difficulty expressing emotion. My children are not like that. My children love to hug and kiss. They show affection in other ways, such as sitting with us or putting an arm on our arms and so on. My son has even verbally (even though he is considered nonverbal) told me he loves me.

Our son has issues with running away. At one school, one of the kids in his class got hurt. Logan intended to use this as a distraction to escape the school (he was successful). However, before he took off, he went to his fellow student to make sure she was okay. He cared.

When people are upset, both of our children empathize with this by demonstrating their own sadness. Our daughter loves nothing more than hearing other people laugh with joy. She gets right in there and laughs with them.

Sure, some people with autism demonstrate emotion differently than some people who are neuro-typical. But please do not assume that all people with autism are unemotional.

Friday, November 6, 2015

What Nonverbal Does Not Mean

Two of my children are considered nonverbal. I find that there is a lot of confusion as to what that means. Some think it means the same as being mute. In this post I hope to clarify what nonverbal means by looking at what it is not.

  • Nonverbal does not mean that the child is unintelligent. It is possible for a nonverbal child to have average or above average intelligence.
  • Nonverbal does not mean that the child is illiterate. Our son can read books and do searches on the computer.
  • Nonverbal does not mean the child is without words. Our children are nonverbal but can make basic requests with words.
  • Nonverbal does not mean a child cannot speak in sentences. Our son can speak in perfect sentences but chooses not to 99% of the time.

In the end, nonverbal simply means that the person does not use spoken, conversational language as their primary means of communication.