Ten things your student with autism wishes you knew

These ideas make sense for other kids, too

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When my article “Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew” was published in 2004, I could scarcely have imagined the response. Readers around the world wrote to tell me that the piece should be required reading for all social service workers, teachers and relatives of children with autism. “Just what my daughter would say if she could,” said one mother. “How I wish I had read this five years ago. It took us such a long time to learn these things,” said another. With such widespread response, I could only conclude that the resonance came from the voice of the piece, a child’s voice, a voice not heard often enough. There is great need — and increasing willingness — to understand the world as children with autism experience it. Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew became a book in 2005, and the voice of our child returned in this article to tell us what children with autism wish their teachers knew. It too became quite popular and my book by the same title was published in 2006.

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