The Power of Words
How We Talk About People With Autism Spectrum Disorders Matters!
Autism Society Award Winner!
This DVD combines words, pictures and music to present examples of how the “they” talk about someone with autism, noting that even well-meaning and kind words can set the tone for acceptance or rejection as well as for inclusion or exclusion. One in 91 children in the United States has autism. In this production, We/They statement pairs (based on a poem by Mayer Shevin; 1987) are used to show the language difference often employed by those who are defined as "helpers," whether family members, teachers or other professionals, and the negative effect they can have.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
, MSW, maintains a private practice in Madison, Wisconsin, providing consultation for families, school districts and other agencies. Besides having autism herself, she is the parent of three now grown sons, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. Judy does workshops and presentations on a variety of autism-related issues, is part of the Wisconsin DPI Statewide Autism Training Team and a board member of the Autism Society of America, Wisconsin Chapter. Her first book, Making Lemonade, Hints for Autism's Helpers (CBR Press, 2006), shows how Judy has used the lemons of her autism to "make lemonade" in her own life. Judy is also the author of a soon-to-be released book, Paper Words, Discovering and Living with My Autism, and a DVD, The Power of Words: How we talk about people with autism spectrum disorders matters! (AAPC, 2009). She brings a great depth of understanding and compassion to all the work she does.
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