My good friend Carol Gray is known all over the world for her work onSocial StoriesTM for autistic children, youngsters and adults (for adults, they are also known as Social Articles). There is a link between the concept of context blindness and Social StoriesTM. People on the autism spectrum have difficulties using context spontaneously to … More A Social Story for the Rest of Us
Poster presented at 12th Autism-Europe International Congress, Nice (France). September 13-15 The concept of neurodiversity (Singer, 1999) has been introduced to make us aware that conditions such as autism are not a (neurological) deficit but part of the natural neurological variation. And, as with biodiversity, we should not only acknowledge this neurological diversity but also … More Autism and self-determination: the path towards successful citizenship
Many people have heard me speak about about “Autism as context blindness”. Or have read the book (not read the book yet? you’ll find it here: Book Autism as Context Blindness). I have recently updated the idea of autism as context blindness. That update involves two changes: 1. Context blindness and the predictive coding framework … More Autism: absolute thinking in a relative world
For a change, I will not be travelling the coming 3 weeks. It’s holiday, so time to relax and enjoy the company of good weather, delicious food and wine and – especially – friends and family. And engage in some cycling, beach walking and reading. If you are bored or facing a rainy day and … More Enjoy Summer Vacation! And watch some videos if the weather is bad…
Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2019 held in Singapore is coming to an end. It was an honour doing a Masterclass on autism and relationships and 4 presentations at this big conference with over 1800 delegates.
There is increasing evidence for a higher risk for mental health problems in autism with worrying prevalence numbers for depression and anxiety (Ghaziuddin, 2005; Stewart et al., 2006; White et al., 2009; van Steensel, Bögels and Perrin, 2011; Strang et al., 2012). These studies have drawn a lot of attention, resulting in a focus on … More Autism Good Feeling Questionnaire
In the mid-nineties more and more children were diagnosed with autism who, contrary to many children diagnosed in the decades before, had no additional intellectual impairment. These children were intelligent, so they knew they were different from other kids. When they got the diagnosis, they also wanted to know what it meant. So, shortly before … More Psycho-education should be fun!