Autistic children are extremely capable of developing skills that help them live their “best life”. The individual characteristics that each child possesses should be championed and capitalized upon. By no means should their uniqueness be taken away while developing a plan to help your child live within the boundaries of this great big world.
We strive to help children develop themselves while respecting the differing abilities they possess. For example, it is critical to understand that stimming (or self-stimulation) is an important human behavior that helps with emotional and sensory regulation. To some degree or another, every human uses repetitive physical movements or vocalizations to help them cope with all levels of feelings. Have you ever heard someone hum a tune while working? Or how about bouncing their foot under the table at dinner?
We respect the bodily autonomy of children by listening to their voices and their physical cues. Our team does their best to use the least intrusive and least restrictive measures to help children learn, cope and grow. We want to see all autistic humans successfully included in classrooms, social settings, and workplaces.
Autism awareness is essential, but Autism acceptance is crucial for promoting widespread inclusion in society. Acceptance encourages empathy and understanding, which will, in turn, promote change. To help this change occur, we strive to provide education and insight on the autistic experience.
Suggestions for inclusivity:
-Spend time learning about autism
-Listen to autistic voices
-Invite autistic peers to parties and events
-Demonstrate understanding instead of pity
-Identify areas of interest and utilize that as a teaching strategy or social interaction
-Create a flexible environment by offering choices
-Encourage children to invite neurodiverse peers to participate in play, even if the child seems uninterested or disengaged…their participation matters
-Be mindful of sensory sensitivities