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Why’s Not Size- Supports for Problem Solving Informed by the Neurodivergent Community (#SolveNotSize)

Context is interesting. Information is important. However, it is the perspective of the neurodivergent community that is essential to devising supports that are authentic and meaningful. As such, autistic individuals must be included as key informants when conceptualizing, implementing and evaluating educational support of autistic learners. The supports included in #SolveNotSize, are designed to incorporate …

To Tell or Not To Tell- Why it Shouldn’t Be a Question

A Common Debate Surrounding an Autism Diagnosis. All of our work regardless of whether it is clinical / educationally-based, advocacy-focused, research related, or academic is driven by identified needs within the autism community.  The need for this piece of work is undeniable.  We encounter this debate “To tell or Not to Tell” in pretty much every aspect …

The Essential Guide to the Autism Level UP Levels!

Autism Awareness is not enough! What’s your Level?  Awareness? Acceptance?  Appreciation? Empowerment? Advocacy?   Wherever you are, take the next step with the help of the guide! The guide speaks for itself and  has been translated by MEMBERS of the Autism Level UP! Community into EIGHT languages.  It is now available in English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Japanese, and Romanian! There are …

POWER STATIONS!

By now you know that sometimes, we just need a quick dose of physical activity to Power Up, Power Down or to proactively maintain engagement. Power Stations are an adaptation of Power Packs and Power Through the Day and are designed to help get those quick bursts or lengthier/more intense regulation breaks in the form …

Dr. Amy Laurent Interview, Autism Journeys, May 2019

“Autism is a shared disability”. Interview with Dr. Amy Laurent, co-author of the SCERTS framework for intervention. In this episode, Amy speaks about ways in which to use individuals strengths to propel them forward. She asks communication partners to take responsibility for the part they play in any interaction. By doing so, individuals are empowered …

Heightened Perception- Challenge? Strength? Both!

It’s widely recognized that autistic individuals often experience heightened perception of sensory information. These processing differences are often discussed in terms of hypersensitivities and sensory defensiveness. And, while heightened sensory perception can pose very real challenges it can also create remarkable strengths. This support is designed to draw attention to both of these aspects of …