Autism: Respecting Difference provides a concise introduction to the sensory and emotional experiences of autism. It is for families, support staff and professionals to better understand and engage with autistic people to offer meaningful and effective support.
The handbook is aimed at helping people who are new to autism to understand how it might feel to be autistic. Autistic people experience the world around them differently to neurotypical people. Autistic people can be over- and under-sensitive to incoming signals which can overload the autistic brain, triggering anxiety and pain. This illustrated impactful book takes readers on a journey into the ‘brainworld of autism’.
The second part of the book explains how to use Responsive Communication and the autistic individual’s body language, to engage effectively and how to reduce sensory stimulants and overload.
Autism: Respecting Difference is for support staff, education professionals, family members and anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of autism and how to engage positively with autistic people. It is especially suitable for those new to the area.
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd
Publication Date: July 2022
Part One: The Brainworld of Autism
• Which of us is autistic?
• Welcome to the brainworld of autism
• Problems with connections
• Connectivity problems and consequent distress behaviours are not character deficits
• Taste and smell
• Emotional overload
• Bad words and bad feelings
• Physical feeling of self
• Warning: Psychiatric (mis)diagnosis
Part Two: Responsive Communication
• A bit of history
• Using body language to communicate
• Getting to know you
• Case studies: April, Josh, Gabriel, Pranve
• Respecting difference
Jodie Zutt is an international artist based in Melbourne, Australia. She is on the autistic spectrum. Jodie met Phoebe in 2019 while researching autism and trauma, which led to their collaboration on Autism: Respecting Difference.