Voices From the Spectrum #28: Bob Yamtich on Making Connections

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Bob Yamtich is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Nonviolent Communication coaching and neurodiversity Bob works as an independent consultant and therapeutic coach. He blogs at Connecting with the Neurodiverse. This week he discusses his personal experiences on the spectrum and offers advice for how parents and educators can connect with others like him.

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Voices From the Spectrum #27-2: The Silent Wave on Positive Autistic Identity

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The Silent Wave is a blogger and integrative medicine doctor. She blogs about life “through one female Asperger’s lens” and advocates for the acceptance of all people on the spectrum. Last week she shared some of her personal experiences growing up on the spectrum. This week “The Silent Wave” discusses ways parents can help their child grow to develop a positive autistic identity.

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Voices From the Spectrum #27-1: The Silent Wave

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The Silent Wave is a blogger and integrative medicine doctor. She blogs about life “through one female Asperger’s lens” and advocates for the acceptance of all people on the spectrum. This week “The Silent Wave” shares her experience growing up on the spectrum and struggling with sensory perception.  » Read more

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Winter Clothing Sensitivities and Autism

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boy-1528151_640With the colder weather, comes the need for additional layers, and, in our house, additional stress from sensory sensitivities. All of my children have varying degrees of tactile sensory issues that are exacerbated with additional clothing. They all seem to warm up quickly and grow uncomfortable in long sleeves. In this article, I’ll share some of the approaches that have succeeded and failed as I’ve tried to protect my children from the elements over the last several years.

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Voices From the Spectrum #26: Jennifer Brozek on Creating Neurodiverse Characters

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Jennifer Brozek is an award winning editor/author, and freelance writer. Jennifer is the author of the award winning YA Battletech novel, The Nellus Academy Incident, the Bram Stoker nominated YA novel, Never Let Me Sleep, and Shadowrun novella, Doc Wagon 19. She has also written for the AAA MMO Aion and the award winning videogame, Shadowrun Returns.

Jennifer is also a Director-at-Large of SFWA, and an active member of HWA and IAMTW. You can read more about her at her blog or follow her on Twitter at @JenniferBrozek.

This week Jennifer shared her experience as an autistic writer and some of society’s misconceptions about autism.

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5 Ways to Commit to an Autism Acceptance Resolution

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This New Year let’s make a resolution to spread love and autism acceptance. Are you on board? Here are 5 ways to keep this commitment:

  1. Follow an autistic blog. Visit our blog reference page for links to several blogs written by autistic people.
  2. Make a contribution to ASAN. The autistic self advocacy network works to advance public policy to support individuals on the spectrum and improve general autism acceptance all over the world.
  3. Involve your child in therapy decisions as often as possible. Try to learn about the skills your child wants to develop and show them how to work towards those goals.
  4. Discuss autism and neurodiversity in a positive light. Discuss autism as a difference rather than a disorder. Emphasize the strengths and weaknesses of ALL people, including those both on and off the spectrum.
  5. Connect with your local autistic community–visit a talk or other event hosted by or featuring individuals on the spectrum. This is a good way to meet other people in your community and hear the issues they face on a daily basis.
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Voices From the Spectrum #25: Dinah Murray on Autism Research

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Dinah Murray is a British researcher, speaker, and campaigner for people with varied learning disabilities, including autism. Her work has been published in the journals Autism, Good Autism Practice, as well as a number of books and online publications. She is an international public speaker on autism. Her research interests include medication and quality of life impact, IT for nonverbal individuals, and the ethics of autism research.

This week Dinah shared with us some of her most meaningful research findings as well as how to promote a positive autistic identity.

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Voices From the Spectrum #24: Chloe Rothschild on Autism and Humanity

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Chloe Rothschild is a writer, presenter, and advisory board member for the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence. Chloe works to teach about autism from her perspective to help others understand it better, so they can, in turn, help others like her who have autism more effectively. This week Chloe shared with us a bit about her mission and what she hopes others understand about autism.

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Autism Acceptance Holiday Gifts

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This week I’ve compiled some websites that sell autism acceptance and neurodiversity gear that could make great gifts this holiday season!

Many of these gifts have sayings or slogans on them that promote autism acceptance and challenge the status quo. I’ve included some examples with each link.

http://www.zazzle.com/neurodiversity+tshirts

“Respect the stim. Celebrate neurodiversity.”

“A world without autism is a world without me!”

“Cognitive dissident”

 

http://www.cafepress.com/+neurodiversity+gifts

“Autism. Different. Not less.”

“People, not puzzles”

“If at first you don’t succeed, perseverate.”

 

https://www.redbubble.com/shop/neurodiversity

“Neurowonderful”

“Neurodiversity is natural.”

“Compliance is not my goal.”

 

https://www.etsy.com/market/autism_acceptance

“Just keep stimming.”

“Autism is not a tragedy. Running out of chocolate is. And ignorance. But mostly the chocolate thing.”

“Neurodivergent”

 

http://www.cafepress.com/autismacceptance

“Acceptance is an action.”

“Inclusion is for everyone.”

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Voices From the Spectrum #23: Liane Holliday-Willey on Late Diagnosis, Conspiracy Theories, and Accepting Differences

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Liane Holliday-Willey, EdD is an internationally-renowned author and speaker on autism spectrum conditions, communications, and learning diversity. She often speaks about both her positive and negative experiences living with Asperger’s syndrome while working in a variety of different positions as a university professor, writer, manure scooper, French fry maker, community volunteer, wife, and mother. Her advocacy goal is to help others understand the importance of accepting differences and individuality.

 

This week Liane shared with us her thoughts on late diagnosis, advocacy approaches, and protecting individuals on the spectrum from harm.

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