Developing Social Skills and Friendship through Filmmaking

Shared interests. If your child with autism has something they’re really interested in, find a hangout, class, or group activity that focuses on that interest. If you can’t find something, start it yourself. Why? Because it’s one of the best ways for your child to learn and practice social skills and friendship. When my son, Jonathan, was younger, we found theater. Performing and getting involved in the theater community was life-changing for him. He found friendship, pride, confidence, and, for the first time, saw a path to his future as a … [Read more...]

The ABCs of Recognizing and Expressing Feelings

Kathryn Lescroart Detzer is a pastel artist with a background in graphic design, book editing, illustration, and calligraphy. She originally designed and illustrated this little book in 1984 as a Christmas gift for her nieces and nephews. She thought the ABC format was fun and a good way to expand her nieces and nephew’s emotional vocabulary while teaching them the letters of the alphabet. She was working at a high school at the time and remembers asking kids to pose, "act happy or act disappointed," and so on. She did sketches capturing … [Read more...]

Autistic Writer Helps Children Learn Social and Life Skills

  We're so thrilled to be able to highlight another amazing autistic writer...Benjamin K.M. Kellogg. His delightful children's books are helping autistic kids learn social and life skills. We know that you will enjoy getting to know him and his work. Hello, my name is Benjamin K.M. Kellogg. I am twenty-four years old, and I hail from Mexico, NY. I am a freelance writer, and I have autism. I am also a 2012 graduate (Summa Cum Laude) of Cayuga Community College with an Associate in Arts in Humanities and Social Science degree with … [Read more...]

Autistic Author of “How to Be Human”

One sunny day in August I went to meet a new client and that is where I met an adorable four year old girl, Georgia, with a mop of hair and bright eyes that saw the world in black and white. She had been diagnosed with autism at age three and her parents wanted me to teach her how to play pretend. That began our long journey together through years of therapy and friendship. At some point, Georgia, herself, became motivated to change. Georgia decided that she wanted to work hard to overcome those parts of her autism that kept her separated from … [Read more...]