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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Welcome To The World That My Son And I Navigate, Every Single Day

Welcome to the autism spectrum, and all that it takes to support it. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it is a great visual overview of some of the more common and most effective ways to support someone on the spectrum.

PECS, for those of you with neurotypical kids, stands for Picture Education Communication Systems, or in other words, storyboards with illustrations to help your child understand their tasks and plan their day and their social interactions. These were invaluable to David when he was younger and not nearly as verbal.

The PECS system is prominently featured in one of my favorite books about a child with autism. The book is Rules, by Cynthia Lord. The book is a 2007 Newbery Honor Award winner and told from the point of view of the older sister of a boy with autism. It's wonderful, and I can't recommend it enough to anyone if they want to know what it's really like to live with autism on a daily basis.

Just a few good resources, that help everyone take a snapshot of the picture we paint every day in our world. It might be messy, it might not always make sense to those of you looking on, but you have to understand that when we're painting with autism, there just aren't enough colors to do it justice.

There just aren't.

(Autism support poster/graphic courtesy of TES Connect Resources).

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