Autism, from an Autistic perspective

Autism, from an Autistic perspective, by Chris Bonnello (of Autistic, Not Weird blog). I have posted a few of Chris Bonnello’s articles previously, and really enjoy reading/hearing his perspectives. This clip is just as good- the only problem with it is that it’s an excerpt of a longer presentation, called “An Autistic’s Top 20 tips for working with Autistic people”, and only shows the first four tips! I won’t include spoilers here, but he’s a very engaging and humorous presenter, and gives great examples to support his points.

Like a dyslexic

A great music video clip called “Like a dyslexic“, showing many famous people who have/had dyslexia, and their accomplishments.  Although available on Youtube, I have shared the link from Richard Branson’s blog, as I also liked what he wrote about this. The girl who created it, Isley, is 12 years old.

Creative accommodations

What’s Your Squawkers McCaw? Creative Workplace Accommodations – Bev Harp.  Bev has an animatronic parrot that she takes with her to work.  Early on, one of her co-workers asked her what the bird’s function was, and Bev described how it helped her with regulation, smalltalk etc.  She then described a few other autistic people, the accommodations they requested in the workplace, and how denying those accommodations negatively impacted both the autistic person and all the co-workers.

Inside Out

Science of Sadness and Joy: “Inside Out” gets childhood emotions right, by Jon Hamilton and Neda Ulaby.

Pixar’s film Inside Out is an animated fantasy that remains remarkably true to what scientists have learned about the mind, emotion and memory. Much of the film is spent inside Riley’s mind, which features a control center manned by five personified emotions: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust.

We have seen this film, and I highly recommend it!

What’s up with Nick?

What’s up with Nick?” by Organization for Autism Research. A nice little clip explaining autism, suitable for primary school aged children. Covers some behaviours, sensory issues, accommodations (like having a teacher aide in the classroom), accommodations the children can/do make (eg keeping voices down)- best thing you can do is get to know that person and include them in activities.