Category Archives: empathy

Autism, Empathy, and The R Word

Originally posted on Thirty Days of Autism:
I have to tell you that my son, H, loved watching a somewhat irritating internet show called ‘Fred’ – which I think is rather much of a sensation with the early teen or…

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Horror B Films, Empathy, and Indignation!

I have mentioned before that H is really into Horror B Movies and that he is working on making one of his own. H is The kid who knows who Stanley Kubrick is: Dreaming Big. He is always working on props … Continue reading

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Autism Awareness… Let’s spread understanding

At barely 14, H is already sensitive to what others are saying about autism and he often feels uneasy and personally threatened by representations of autism in the media that are framed as tragedy and epidemic. I have previously written … Continue reading

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Code: A Woman with Aspergers, Empathy, and Poetic Response

Dear H: for those of us to whom words sometimes do not easily run, saunter, or even amble: we speak in code. We think in code. We construct our languages painstakingly like little Tolkiens, separated by time, distance, and space: … Continue reading

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Autism, Empathy, and The R Word

I have to tell you that my son, H, loved watching a somewhat irritating internet show called Fred – which I think is rather much of a sensation with the early teen or pre-adolescent set. Well – a while back … Continue reading

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Listening to Autism: A letter from Mrs. Teacher Lady

The following post has been written by an adult woman with whom I have had the privilege to correspond. She recently contacted me to share how reading other perspectives impacts her in a positive way. I asked her if she … Continue reading

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Autism and Empathy… Guest Post

Tonight I spent the evening giving an autism presentation to a group of  SFU graduate students (who also happen to be K-12 educators). It was titled Thinking about Perspectives: Developing Perspective Taking and Social Understanding… and the fact that there … Continue reading

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Ladybugs: Autism, Empathy, and Processing Grief

Ladybugs: Autism, Empathy and Processing Grief As a parent of a child on the Autism spectrum and as a teacher I have a difficulty when others report that students with autism/Autistic children lack empathy. I try to correct this faulty … Continue reading

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