A New Paradigm for Thinking About Autism with Nick Walker & The Wisdom of Spectrum Children

by robynmgoode

#346 – A New Paradigm for Thinking About Autism with Nick Walker.

This is a great resource from an interview on Shrink Rap Radio. The podcasts are very easy to access.

I LOVE what I learned from Nick Walker about Behavioral Therapy.

This is an example of how we tragically underestimate these kiddos:

Kannon is 3 years old and he is one of my Spectrum treasures. I’m honored to be one of the (very) few people outside of his family that can hold him closely the way that he is holding Dr. Buckley in this picture. Kannon met Dr. Buckley (juliebuckley.com) for the first time Monday at her office.
It was clear to everyone in the room that Kannon completely understood why we were there on Monday. He knew Dr. Buckley was on his side. This was such a special moment- Kannon looked so at peace sitting there with Krista as they listened to Dr. Buckley talk about his treatment. He could FEEL Krista and Jason’s relief. It is like he was saying “Thank you, Dr. Buckley. With your help, I am going to make them very proud.”

Watching Kannon with Dr. Buckley helped me to solidify some of my beliefs about the Autism Spectrum- First, and most importantly, that these children understand infinitely more than we give them credit for. Second, they are hyper-aware of the feelings of the people around them and they care deeply about connecting with the people who love them.
I know I’ve said a lot- but I really want to express how blessed I feel to watch Krista & Jason love, and champion Kannon through this process. Kannon had a peace about him throughout his appointment that can only come from feeling very loved and advocated for. ♥♥♥
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“Please don’t assume that The Reason I Jump is just another book for the crowded autism shelf. . . . This is an intimate book, one that brings readers right into an autistic mind—what it’s like without boundaries of time, why cues and prompts are necessary, and why it’s so impossible to hold someone else’s hand. Of course, there’s a wide range of behavior here; that’s why ‘on the spectrum’ has become such a popular phrase. But by listening to this voice, we can understand its echoes.”—Chicago Tribune (Editor’s Choice)

“Please don’t assume that The Reason I Jump is just another book for the crowded autism shelf. . . . This is an intimate book, one that brings readers right into an autistic mind—what it’s like without boundaries of time, why cues and prompts are necessary, and why it’s so impossible to hold someone else’s hand. Of course, there’s a wide range of behavior here; that’s why ‘on the spectrum’ has become such a popular phrase. But by listening to this voice, we can understand its echoes.”—Chicago Tribune (Editor’s Choice)

 

 

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