Autistic dating guide
(Not being a parent myself, I don’t claim to have any insight specific to parenting.) It is a guide for who has any contact with a young and/or vulnerable autistic person, whether they are parents, teachers, teaching assistants, family friends, and so on.
(Oh- and since I wrote this article, it’s became by far the most read on Autistic Not Weird.
), and partly because of the things that can end up being said if you think they’re not listening. When I worked in special education, on principle I always talked to the nonverbal students.
I never expected any kind of communication in response, because that wasn’t the point.
I was also quite sad that day for reasons I won’t go into, but I carried on talking to him despite not being in a talking mood. As I talked, he said nothing, did not look at me, and gave me no indication that he was listening. Yes, it often gives us particular habits or interests unique to us.Nonetheless, at one point I simply said, Everyone communicates, some just in their own way. The phrase “yeah, that’s his autism” is one I have heard far too many times. But to say it’s “just his/her autism” is implying that we don’t get any say in the matter.I remember when I was running a chess tournament in a special school (it was amazing- the students got more from that one tournament than in any of the sixteen I’d run in mainstream).His only demand was that I change the picture at the bottom to something cooler.Morgan’s Asperger Syndrome is, in my opinion, not a significant problem for him.