None of that mastery criterion, none of the counting, none of the reporting matters. Skills + Reduction of Symptom DOES NOT EQUAL purposeful living; now, or in your child’s future.
I see a world with a multitude of autistic experiences; love can be experienced in many ways. My friends and I would like to share our experiences with you.
I’m hopeful that these young people who have to spend their formidable years being doubted and demeaned will collectively and individually create sweeping changes.
Using arbitrary and limiting labels of high functioning and low functioning, with the intent to help one get a “better picture of the person with autism”, is not only insulting, but dehumanizing. Pathologizing reinforces a deficits view of autism. These labels serve no one. No human is all one thing. We each have good days and bad. We all have struggles and strengths.
I have chosen to continue my professional path with autistic people and their loved ones… I am exactly where I want to be.