Clarifying the myth about autism, empathy and honesty. Non-generalized object permanence. Techniques to teach. Connection and feelings. Challenges that our community members face. Fluctuating capacity. Single-mindedness. Important of context and setting. Barriers faced and how to overcome. Looking beyond the behaviour. Benefits of autism. How to connect. What Dr. Wenn would like the world to learn about his extensive body of literary work and his teachings. Sensory issues and what he wishes and hopes for from society. Useful technology. What he wants the world to know about autism.
Books and Authors
Who is Dr. Wenn Lawson? Why he chose to work in autism? The differences in various countries around the world and what Canadians can learn. Processing information and expectations. How autism research has changed over time. Language and inclusion and why it’s important. The ways autistic people learn and different types of learners. How to motivate and how he learns. Obsession/ Passion. Motivation of connection. Shifting attention and why it’s difficult. Using interests to reach. Metaphoric language vs literal language. GAMMA connectivity. How to reach someone. Eye contact. Respecting autism and difficulties. Processing time. Lanes of traffic. 10 second rule. Avoid paraphrasing. Single-mindedness. Single-minded outcomes and concepts. How attention is processed. How to get GAMMA connectivity. Just because it’s different doesn’t means if out of bounds. Techniques to reach your child.
Who is Mr. Al Etmanski? What is the Registered Disability Savings Program (R.D.S.P.). What are its features? Canada before the program existed and how he came up with the idea. The history and genesis of the R.D.S.P. Challenges of getting it started. The role Mr. Jim Flaherty played in its implementation. Building a network of champions. How to apply and documentation needed. The future of the program. Why it’s important to plan for the future for our children. A Will and a Trust. Why people don’t plan for the future. His book “Safe and Secure: Six steps to creating a personal future plan for people with disabilities”. Why a social network is important for families. What he’d like the world to know about autism.
Part 1 (listen to part 1)
Janet Walmsley her story before her daughters diagnosis and after. Signs of autism. Hearing the words: “Your child has autism.” Why the autism label and being a “momma bear” is vital. Why she wrote the book “The Autistic Author and Animator, A Mother’s View of a Daughter’s Triumph.” The Dream Team. Importance of early intervention and advocacy. The Sunrise program. Her worries. Respite care. Keep positive. Her biggest frustrations. What she learned about herself and her advice to others.
Part 2 (listen to part 2)
Ms. Janet Walmsley’s personal struggles, positivity and fortitude to beat all the odds. A family helping others. How autism can make a family closer. “Autism is not a death sentence but a richly deserved life sentence” explained. Her amazing and brilliant daughter Jenny. Her wishes for the future. Absurd beliefs she’s heard and how ignorance affects the autism community. Why she feels autism is a gift. ANCA. How her acting career helped her. Celebrating each moment of life to the full. Her final thoughts and autism in her own words.