A video for you

(Mia and I at the park. I'm not sure which day because we have been there numerous times a day, each day, for the past week.)

(Mia and I at the park. I’m not sure which day because we have been there numerous times a day, each day, for the past week.)

I didn’t really keep my promise. I’ve been doing too much of the above – playing at the park with Mia. I have posted very little information via Autistic writers/sources this April. I know April is ending soon. I know I said I would do this. I know I haven’t. My excuse? Mia had vacation this past week. It has kept me busy; and away from my computer.

I realized though, it doesn’t need to be April for me to pass on to you the teaching words of those around us. It doesn’t need to be April for me to be the conduit through which you find some of this information. It never needed to be April for me, or you, to be understanding and accepting of Autistics. That’s why you’re here right? And, just like I’ve shared the words of Autistics before this month even started, I too will continue to post their words long after this April is over – long after the next one is over too.

Today I want to share with you a post (and you-tube video) written by Julia Bascom. She is a bit of big-wig in the Autism Community (at least in my opinion). Her amazing blog “Just Stimming” is a wealth of information for anyone trying to better understand what it is like to live with Autism – something I myself am still learning. The post, Quiet Hands, especially resonates with me because we rarely, if ever, stop Mia from stimming – we appreciate that it is a vital part of the way she displays emotion and interprets things. This particular post explains the uses of stimming; and the hurt that attempting to subdue, or “normalize”, this behavior can do to an individual. It is SO worth the read.

If you do not feel like reading (which I highly encourage you to do), AT LEAST watch this video. It was made by Julia (the beautiful woman in the purple sweater) in association with ASAN. I believe it should be watched by everyone who has the slightest interest in Autism. Actually, I think it should be watched by EVERYONE in general.

3 thoughts on “A video for you

  1. Thank you so much! As a practitioner I had a very hard time with the whole quiet hands concept. I often explained to teachers and parents, it’s either/or. You can have quiet hands or a child payIng attention and engaging in the learning process. I will admit (guiltily after reading that blog post) to trying to shape or normalize drumming behaviors with age appropriate hand fidgets. I always looked at it from an anitbullying perspective, to help them still be themselves but not be the target of bullying or a distraction to other learners (let’s face it sometimes they aren’t in a room with just neurotypicals a flapping child is not going to help a person with ADHD learn). I think its a hard line to walk as an educator. I also felt terribly that the disconnected meanie in the video represented my profession…I

    • OH no!! I feel so bad! Please DO not feel that way. It does NOT represent you. I like to think there are more people like you in your profession then not. And by, like you, I mean: understanding, in it for the right reasons, caring, innovated (which you have shown me time and time again through your ideas and comments!).. PLEASE do not feel that way. Mia has done ABA therapy for a few years and ALL of the therapists she worked with were great. They focused on teaching tasks that were needed, rather than forcing “Normal” movements and actions on her. I like to think your a lot like one of them. 🙂

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