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I know you have heard of autism...

I know you have heard of autism. I know you may think you know what it means. I know you probably know of somebody who is on the spectrum or has a child on the spectrum. I know you have probably seen feature stories or read articles about amazing autistic minds and talents. But I wonder if you know much beyond what you have seen on a TV show or what you’ve heard in passing. Do you know autism can be nonverbal, but it can also be very verbal? Do you know autism can be anti-social, but it can also be very social? Do you know autism can be debilitating, but it can also be enabling? Do you know autism can be sensory defensive, but it can also be sensory seeking? Do you know autism can mean aversive to touch, but it can also mean needing touch and pressure? Do you know autism can mean brilliant, but it can also mean challenged? Do you know autism can mean gifted, but it can also mean in need of special education? Do you know autism can look like rocking and jumping and flapping, but it ca…

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