The Five Factor Model of Autism

The Five Factor Model of Autism is a visual model and related materials designed to help people understand autism better, by identifying five key factors common to most autistic people, exploring variations in how these factors are observed and experienced, and concretely illustrating the multifactorial nature of autism. Autism tends to elude a simple explanation. …

Handwriting Without Tears Comes With Free Tears

Parents go to great lengths to help their kids work on handwriting because teachers and therapists say it’s important, and there are all these articles bobbing around on Facebook saying that handwriting is important for cognitive development. And we want cognitive development. So we have to make sure kids conquer their handwriting problems, right? Mmmm …

Video Game Addiction, or Whatever It Is

Kids with social learning challenges come pre-packaged with all the basic ingredients needed for a walloping case of video game dependency. Some can "hyperfocus" for hours on a video game where the screen changes constantly. They love the intellectual engagement a good video game affords them, without having to do all the work of reciprocal, …

Social Learning Without Shame

Over the past several years, I’ve made a shift from running Social Thinking® groups to more broadly facilitating social learning in the context of good mental health. Often, I work with small, well-matched groups. But when it suits a student better, I may work with their classroom teacher instead, see the student individually if they …