Always reach for the AWE in Autism
From “Autism and the Obama Connection”
As Doug’s mother, I have lived in the heart of autism and I have smiled more than I have cried. I have written books, stories, and poems about autism and friendships. I have presented to thousands of people interested in autism, but in each light of dawn I see the faces of those who helped my son grow and among those images there has always been Jeff.
Jeff set a Reul for friendship and taught us all how important it is. Jeff put his arm around Doug at the Obama rally some 21 years later. He inched Doug by his side and said, “How’s life little buddy,” as he placed an Obama hat on Doug’s head and a pin over his heart.
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Autism Man was designed by cover artist (Drake) for Kathie’s book, I Never Told My Son He Couldn’t Dance. Kathie has fun showing how he/she learns to dance and do just about anything in life with the help and assistance from professionals, family, and friends.
An online continuing education course, “Autism Characteristics and The Ten Laws of Success For People with Autism,” is available through:
The Ten Laws of Success for Children with Autism
- Autism is a reason, never an excuse.
- Success builds success.
- “Nobody ever rose to a low expectation.” Carl Boyd
- Fear is not an option
- Small steps grow into giant leaps.
- Interaction across and within environments is essential.
- Visual learners need to see.
- Blended therapies mix well.
- “Laughter is no detriment to learning.” Walt Disney
- The top line is independence.
None of the above stands alone.
They should all be blended together during daily activities.
Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Check the characteristics that are observed over a period of time and on a consistent basis.
|difficulty mixing with peers||acts as deaf|
|resists learning||no fear of real dangers|
|resists change in routine||uses people as “tools”|
|inappropriate laughing and giggling||not cuddly|
|physical over-activity||no eye contact|
|inappropriate attachment to objects||spins objects, sustained odd play|
|destructive and aggressive at times||aloof, standoffish manner|
|All characteristics do NOT have to be present for ASD to be suspected.
Autism is a lifelong disability.
Pervasive Developmental Disorders ~ ASD
PDD/NOS ~ Asperger’s Disorder ~
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder ~
Rett’s Disorder ~ Autistic Disorder
Kathie Harrington, M.A., CCC-SLP.
Good Speech, Inc.