I'm a huge nerd when it comes to working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD.
You see, I wrote a graduate thesis and another paper on children with ASD and children with developmental language disorder, or DLD.
I can't tell you how many research articles I have read on ASD.
I also can't keep count of the number of people I have worked with who have ASD.
It was never my intention to seek out working with individuals with autism, it just kind of happened!
And I'm so very glad it did.
I would like to mention that many people with ASD prefer the label-first name, for example, autistics or autistic person. In the academic realm, person-first language is preferred. I often use person-first language (e.g., person with ___), however I completely respect and will sometimes use label-first language out of respect for the autistic community. It is never my intention to offend or hurt a person who identifies either way, and please know that I...