Washington Post: How listening to autistic adults helped me understand and support my son

11 Nov

Shanon Des Rosa Roche, parent of an awesome young man and one of the people behind The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, has a piece in the Washington Post: How listening to autistic adults helped me understand and support my son.

Here’s a small quote from the piece.

Parents need to hear from people who have lives similar to what our children will experience. These adults can warn us about avoidable mistakes, and they can counter our assumptions about what it means to live a good life — even when that life is complicated.

Please go and read the entire piece. It’s not long, but it is very good.

There are a lot of people who could benefit from this article. Parents who recently found out their child is autistic are one group. Even parents who children have been diagnosed for some time, even those who run autism parent organizations, could greatly benefit from the ideals presented so clearly and succinctly in Shannon’s article.

Read the article and see for yourself what you take away from it.

By Matt Carey

7 Responses to “Washington Post: How listening to autistic adults helped me understand and support my son”

  1. doritmi November 12, 2019 at 04:36 #

    Just to be clear, conciseness is a value. Something I want to get better at. So not long can make the piece even better. 🙂

    • Adelaide Dupont November 12, 2019 at 08:15 #

      Yes – concision is a big thing, Dorit!

      Sharper and more honest and not so overloading.

      And listening to autistic adults can help you with this – especially when it comes to considering and minimising cognitive load.

      [even if the listening is via writing].

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) November 12, 2019 at 19:10 #

      conciseness has its place. As does a lengthy discussion.

      Parents new to an autism diagnosis for their child, for example, face a huge influx of information. A concise discussion like Shannon’s would’ve been very helpful to me. I just didn’t have the focus to dig through lengthy essays.

  2. Adelaide Dupont November 12, 2019 at 08:15 #

    Matt:

    what happened to the tags?

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) November 12, 2019 at 19:05 #

      which tags?

      • Sullivan (Matt Carey) November 13, 2019 at 00:20 #

        thanks–I saw the problem and fixed it. I don’t usually use tags, so I don’t know how those random tags were used.

      • Adelaide Dupont November 17, 2019 at 08:14 #

        Sullivan:

        there was a tag that had a website reference and none of the usual ones that would lead to that topic.

        How are the categories going, Sullivan?

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