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By William Stillman

Mom and dad, caregivers and educators are frequently at a loss approximately how top to aid anyone with autism simply because they're crushed by means of "behaviors," inundated with prognoses and medical jargon, or careworn by means of technical details. This e-book introduces autism from a non-clinical, humanistic standpoint emphasizing that we're all extra alike than varied. the writer deconstructs the basic parts of autism utilizing language, examples and anecdotes which are concrete and comprehensible for all. bolstered for the reader is the significance of listening conscientiously to what everyone is telling us approximately valuing adjustments, own passions, communique, and holistic health. workforce brainstorming workout actions are integrated.

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I don’t carry that frustration with me anymore. I have my moments, but not weeks of bad times. 38/ Demystifying the Autistic Experience In addition to autism, Jenn presently has a label of learning difference. In her role as a self-advocate and founder of a Pennsylvania-based group of FC users, The Lonesome Doves, she has been brutally honest in stating that, prior to FC, her behavior was appalling and stereotypical. She is now a successful college student. My beloved friend Michael expresses sentiments similar to Jenn through his use of FC: First, I am not free.

For example, we have a trust in the safety of knowing that when we leave our home, we’ll find a familiar destination the same way we usually do; we’ll park our car and enter an establishment as always; and upon leaving, we’ll be able to find our way from the building and to our car as before; and that the same key that turned off the car’s ignition, will also start it again. Factor out some or all of the elements from this sequence, and anxiety, frustration, panic and chaos reign for any one of us.

The people receiving our support may not have had the privilege of growing, learning, and understanding about life, relationships, and social concepts in the same way that many of us have. As a result, we may not be able to fully support the choices someone is making. That’s the dignity of independence. Caregivers are forever tempering a balance around personal and informed choice; health, safety and welfare issues; and compromise. It is a challenge that should be personalized and individualized to each unique circumstance.

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