What should we be telling teens with ASD about social skills?
I was directed to this post through Invisible Strings’ blog. There are no answers, only questions based on a not-to-far-fetched social situation. Social rules when you are in middle/high school are a minefield. How do you explain something that make no rational sense to a logical mind – especially when you don’t really get it yourself?
As the NT mom of an autistic first grader, I am SO glad I found autistic bloggers.
Why? Because when you’re NOT autistic, you don’t realize how much of our social realities are intuited. When you’re NOT autistic, you don’t really think about how much social behavior is lightly taught, and then absorbed when you’re young – until you have a kiddo that DOESN’T “absorb” it – that has to LEARN it.
Ho. Lee. Crap.
REALLY??? As if parenting wasn’t complicated enough! Continue reading
I LOVE to read. A LOT. I don’t mean I read once in a while, I mean I read during much of my free time – while I eat, at the doctor’s office, at the play place when my son is playing. If I can grab time to read, I do. I love fiction – Nora Roberts, Mercedes Lackey, Patricia Briggs are a few of my favorite authors. They create WORLDS with their words! When I read, I SEE the worlds they create – it’s almost like watching a movie. Continue reading
I posted recently about words and communication. As I mentioned in that post, words aren’t necessarily the “first language” for many autistic people, and can be difficult to deal with – especially the nuanced, colorful language most NT’s use. Within a few days, I came across another post, and several comments around the issue of non-SPECIFICITY of language Continue reading
I’m thinking about words, about words and thinking, about words and how they shape how we think. A surprising thing you find out when you have an autistic child is that communication is more complex than you ever imagined. Communication goes beyond mere words – how you communicate shapes the world and how you interact with it.
When I first received my son’s diagnosis, I wasn’t aware of a lot of support. The school district was very helpful, thank goodness. And his symptoms are not very apparent at home. I didn’t think I needed the community. But once we hit school age, that changed. I felt a bit adrift. What do I need to do for him? What kind of supports are out there? Has anyone else dealt with this before? What if I miss something? Continue reading