Communication is Key in Autism

Speaking of communication, it has been quite some time since I communicated with you. When we do not communicate, there is really no excuse, so I will not make up a false one. Truth is, I have been focusing on other things, but this does not mean you have not been on my mind. Isn’t that how relationships are at times? Anyway, I am back, and in 2023 I will be more present for those still with me, and for those who choose to newly engage with “Autism for a Lifetime: Finding Joy in the Journey.”

When a recently diagnosed person is titled with Autism as part of their identity, the word communication comes up a lot. Their diagnosis may include descriptions like “communication deficiencies ” or “”communication impaired” or “communication challenged”: all meaning that the individual has difficulty communicating their thoughts and feelings, at least in conventional ways like conversation. Once the individual, in the case of a child, enters a school program, their communication challenges are a prime focus of their education. If a person is diagnosed as an adult, they most likely have figured out strategies on their own to compensate for communication difficulties. In most cases, improving communication skills is a continuing focal point for people with Autism.

Ironically, the Autism community of professionals, service providers, organization leadership and others working to improve and support the lives of people with Autism have concerning communication issues themselves. For example, at times it seems that organizations are competitive with one another, not listening and elitist, rather than being collaborative. Other times, there is divisiveness regarding respectful terminology and identity depictions that are offensive and hurtful to individuals. There is a deep emotional component to Autism that is overlooked because of the remnants of a Kanner-ish mentality that Autism parents and their offspring are emotion-less. Nothing could be farther from the truth!

As we begin a new year, I hope that we, as an Autism community, will take time to look within our professional and personal demeanors to reflect on how we can improve our communication with one another. If we cannot share honest dialogues between ourselves and put in the effort to improve relationships within our own Autism “family” how can we expect the world at large to connect with our mission of acceptance that fosters the best lives possible for all people with Autism?

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  1. I am trying to contact you about possible funding for a home for adults with severe autism in Montana. We are located at For some reason I cannot seem to send a message to your organization. Can you help?



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