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Monday, October 25, 2010

More Than Words: Understanding Social Communication

Ask any parent of a child with an expressive communication disorder, and they'll tell you that social communication is often the most difficult challenge. This is especially true for autistic children who actually experience the world differently than "the rest of us."

To understand your child's social communication challenges, listen to Lisa Daxer. Lisa is a biomedical engineering major at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She is also autistic.

Lisa refers to "the rest of us" as "neurotypicals." She describes what happens when an autistic person encounters neurotypicals in her blog Report from an Alien Brain. For a great summary, check out the NPR article Autism Gives Woman An 'Alien View' Of Social Brains.

We really encourage you to read the NPR article, so we'll just offer you this teaser quote from Lisa Daxer: "We all avoid different things. I avoid polyester clothing. They avoid talking about death."

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