Ladybugs: Autism, Empathy, and Processing Grief…

Thirty Days of Autism

Ladybugs: Autism, Empathy and Processing Grief

As a parent of a child on the Autism spectrum and as a teacher I have a difficulty when others report that students with autism/Autistic children lack empathy. I try to correct this faulty judgment when I have the opportunity to do so, by explaining that there really is not lack of empathy, nor any absence of the ability to feel this. There may however be a different way of processing or expressing the feeling, and also a challenge with understanding the perspective and therefore the experience of others. This is fundamentally different from the judgment that an individual lacks the capacity for empathy.

My son H has recently begun to process grief (in a way that is observable to me). It hit him hard at age 10 when his Tutor and Caregiver Roberta’s dog was sick and dying. It hit…

View original post 1,184 more words

About Leah Kelley

Leah Kelley, MEd., Educator, Parent, Speaker, Social Justice Activist. Writes blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding & neurodiversity paradigm. Co producer of documentary: Vectors of Autism. Twitter: @leah_kelley Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/leahkelley13/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/30-Days-of-Autism-Leah-Kelley/154311301315814
This entry was posted in Autism. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Ladybugs: Autism, Empathy, and Processing Grief…

  1. Pingback: Code « Raven's Wing Poetry

  2. Pingback: Aspie Poem: Code « Woman With Asperger's

  3. Pingback: Code: A Woman with Aspergers, Empathy, and Poetic Response | Thirty Days of Autism

  4. Pingback: “Code” a Poem for H by N.I. Nicholson | Thirty Days of Autism

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s