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The Advocate: Janet’s Story

Read how Janet successfully advocated for her daughter throughout her school years: when the district suggested discontinuation of services, she used data to make her case; when the learning environment was not suitable for Jasmine, she advocated for her daughter to receive a meaningful education. She also details best practices when working with teachers, and attending IEP meetings. Continue reading The Advocate: Janet’s Story

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Navigating the Turbulent Years: Van Hai’s Story

At 31 years old, Van Hai comes across as a friendly and capable high functioning individual, one would never have guessed that he had such challenging childhood and teenage years. This interview with Van Hai’s mother, Jwu Shyan details the challenges they faced while growing up. Continue reading Navigating the Turbulent Years: Van Hai’s Story

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自閉的優勢

早上7點整,季齡站在我臥房門口。 “ Breakfast!” 他是一字大師, 惜字如金,卻總是一語中的, 直切重點。例如,我開車時, 季齡是最佳導航,我只要告訴他去哪兒,他一路簡短的說:left lane; 或 right turn;  當我偶一分神, 季齡總是很平靜的提醒我,” straight” or “exit,”  有時快到紅綠燈還沒踩剎車,他會緊張的說:” stop! stop!“ 這是唯一說兩次的話。只有提醒,絕不指責!季齡是絕對的好夥伴。 Continue reading 自閉的優勢

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Perfect Autism

At 7 am sharp, Chiling shows up at my bedroom doorway. “Breakfast!” He is the master of one word expressions; cherishing his words like gold, he always gets to the point with just a single word.  For instance, as my driving navigator, I simply have to tell Chiling the destination, and he will direct me with perfect instructions: “left lane,” or “right turn.” Sometimes, when I get distracted, he never fails to calmly remind me of the next step: “straight” or “exit.”  When he sees a red light coming up and I have not started to hit the brakes, Chiling will raise his voice nervously: “Stop! Stop!” This is the only situation with two words.  I always receive gentle reminders from Chiling, never harsh criticisms. Chiling is undoubtedly my best partner. Continue reading Perfect Autism