Autism Quotes

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
Autism is about having a pure heart and being very sensitive. It is about finding a way to survive in an overwhelming, confusing world. It is about developing differently, in a different pace and with different leaps.
“Autism is about having a pure heart and being very sensitive. It is about finding a way to survive in an overwhelming, confusing world. It is about developing differently, in a different pace and with different leaps.”
Autism makes you listen louder. It makes you pay attention on an emotional level as well as an intellectual level.
“Autism makes you listen louder. It makes you pay attention on an emotional level as well as an intellectual level.”
The most interesting people you'll find are ones that don't fit into your average cardboard box. They'll make what they need, they'll make their own boxes.
“The most interesting people you'll find are ones that don't fit into your average cardboard box. They'll make what they need, they'll make their own boxes.”
A person with autism hears every sound intensely magnified. Thus, if the tone of voice is harsh or strict, they will feel scared and threatened and, consequently, may inadvertently scream or even attack. Aggressive behavior is brought on by fear.
“A person with autism hears every sound intensely magnified. Thus, if the tone of voice is harsh or strict, they will feel scared and threatened and, consequently, may inadvertently scream or even attack. Aggressive behavior is brought on by fear.”
If they can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn.
“If they can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn.”
Autists are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It's that you're destroying the peg.
“Autists are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It's that you're destroying the peg.”
Mild autism doesn't mean one experiences autism mildly... It means you experience their autism mildly. You may not know how hard they've had to work to get to the level they are.
“Mild autism doesn't mean one experiences autism mildly... It means you experience their autism mildly. You may not know how hard they've had to work to get to the level they are.”
I am different, not less.
“I am different, not less.”
Don't think that there's a different, better child 'hiding' behind the autism. This is your child. Love the child in front of you. Encourage his strengths, celebrate his quirks, and improve his weaknesses, the way you would with any child.
“Don't think that there's a different, better child 'hiding' behind the autism. This is your child. Love the child in front of you. Encourage his strengths, celebrate his quirks, and improve his weaknesses, the way you would with any child.”
I looked up to the stars and wondered which one I was from.
“I looked up to the stars and wondered which one I was from.”
What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning.
“What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning.”
It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of the village.
“It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of the village.”
Music therapy, equine therapy, and art therapy are all 'therapeutic' because they are a vibrational match. They have elements to them that your child can use at his current level of high-vibrational function to make sense of this lower vibrating world.
“Music therapy, equine therapy, and art therapy are all 'therapeutic' because they are a vibrational match. They have elements to them that your child can use at his current level of high-vibrational function to make sense of this lower vibrating world.”
Behavior is communication. Change the environment and behaviors will change.
“Behavior is communication. Change the environment and behaviors will change.”
I don't really understand why it's considered normal to stare into someone's eyeballs.
“I don't really understand why it's considered normal to stare into someone's eyeballs.”
Stop thinking about normal. You don't have a big enough imagination for what your child can become.
“Stop thinking about normal. You don't have a big enough imagination for what your child can become.”
English is my 2nd language. Autism is my first.
“English is my 2nd language. Autism is my first.”
The difference between high-functioning autism and low-functioning is that high-functioning means your deficits are ignored, and low-functioning means your assets are ignored.
“The difference between high-functioning autism and low-functioning is that high-functioning means your deficits are ignored, and low-functioning means your assets are ignored.”
On the other hand, I think cats have Asperger's. Like me, they're smart. And like me, sometimes they simply need to be left alone.
“On the other hand, I think cats have Asperger's. Like me, they're smart. And like me, sometimes they simply need to be left alone.”
Do not fear people with Autism, embrace them. Do not spite people with Autism, unite them. Do not deny people with Autism, accept them, for then their abilities will shine.
“Do not fear people with Autism, embrace them. Do not spite people with Autism, unite them. Do not deny people with Autism, accept them, for then their abilities will shine.”
There is no cure for being human,
“There is no cure for being human,”
Being autistic is not about living in a vacuum, sucking in everything around you, living in an existence shutout from your environment. If anything, the environment becomes more real, more painful, more evident.
“Being autistic is not about living in a vacuum, sucking in everything around you, living in an existence shutout from your environment. If anything, the environment becomes more real, more painful, more evident.”
Think of it: a disability is usually defined in terms of what is missing. But autism is as much about what is abundant as what is missing, an over-expression of the very traits that make our species unique.
“Think of it: a disability is usually defined in terms of what is missing. But autism is as much about what is abundant as what is missing, an over-expression of the very traits that make our species unique.”
Autism is as much a part of humanity as is the capacity to dream.
“Autism is as much a part of humanity as is the capacity to dream.”
This is a forever journey with this creative, funny, highly intelligent, aggressive, impulsive, nonsocial, behavioral, often times loving individual. The nurse said to me after 6 hours with him 'He is a gift' indeed he is.
“This is a forever journey with this creative, funny, highly intelligent, aggressive, impulsive, nonsocial, behavioral, often times loving individual. The nurse said to me after 6 hours with him 'He is a gift' indeed he is.”
Using the term "high-functioning" discounts or dismisses the person's needs or struggles... Using the term "low-functioning" discounts or dismisses a person's strengths and capabilities.
“Using the term "high-functioning" discounts or dismisses the person's needs or struggles... Using the term "low-functioning" discounts or dismisses a person's strengths and capabilities.”
I don't want my thoughts to die with me, I want to have done something. I'm not interested in power, or piles of money. I want to leave something behind. I want to make a positive contribution - to know that my life has meaning.
“I don't want my thoughts to die with me, I want to have done something. I'm not interested in power, or piles of money. I want to leave something behind. I want to make a positive contribution - to know that my life has meaning.”
We need to embrace those who are different and the bullies need to be the ones who get off the bus,.
“We need to embrace those who are different and the bullies need to be the ones who get off the bus,.”
Cure for obsession: Get another one.
“Cure for obsession: Get another one.”
Autism offers a chance for us to glimpse an awe-filled vision of the world that might otherwise pass us by.
“Autism offers a chance for us to glimpse an awe-filled vision of the world that might otherwise pass us by.”
It seems that for success in science and art, a dash of autism is essential.
“It seems that for success in science and art, a dash of autism is essential.”
When a family focuses on ability instead of disability, all things are possible... Love and acceptance is key. We need to interact with those with autism by taking an interest in their interests.
“When a family focuses on ability instead of disability, all things are possible... Love and acceptance is key. We need to interact with those with autism by taking an interest in their interests.”
If I could snap my fingers and be non-autistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am.
“If I could snap my fingers and be non-autistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am.”
I view 'autistic' as a word for a part of how my brain works, not for a narrow set of behaviors and certainly not for a set of boundaries of a stereotype that I have to stay inside.
“I view 'autistic' as a word for a part of how my brain works, not for a narrow set of behaviors and certainly not for a set of boundaries of a stereotype that I have to stay inside.”
Rigid academic and social expectations could wind up stifling a mind that, while it might struggle to conjugate a verb, could one day take us to distant stars.
“Rigid academic and social expectations could wind up stifling a mind that, while it might struggle to conjugate a verb, could one day take us to distant stars.”
I don't need sleep, I need answers. I need to determine where, in this swamp of unbalanced formulas, squatteth the toad of truth.
“I don't need sleep, I need answers. I need to determine where, in this swamp of unbalanced formulas, squatteth the toad of truth.”
By holding the highest vision for your child when they can not see it for themselves, you are lifting them up, elevating them and helping them to soar.
“By holding the highest vision for your child when they can not see it for themselves, you are lifting them up, elevating them and helping them to soar.”
Even for parents of children that are not on the spectrum, there is no such thing as a normal child.
“Even for parents of children that are not on the spectrum, there is no such thing as a normal child.”
Why should I cry for not being an apple, when I was born an orange, I'd be crying for an illusion, I may as well cry for not being a horse.
“Why should I cry for not being an apple, when I was born an orange, I'd be crying for an illusion, I may as well cry for not being a horse.”
If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism.
“If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism.”
We contain the shapes of trees and the movement of rivers and stars within us.
“We contain the shapes of trees and the movement of rivers and stars within us.”
Life is not about counting the losses and the lost expectations, but rather swimming, with as much grace as can be mustered, in the joy of all of it.
“Life is not about counting the losses and the lost expectations, but rather swimming, with as much grace as can be mustered, in the joy of all of it.”
Negative words carry negative vibration. Positive words carry positive vibration. What do you want your child to reflect back to you, the label of disordered or the label of gifted in a new way?
“Negative words carry negative vibration. Positive words carry positive vibration. What do you want your child to reflect back to you, the label of disordered or the label of gifted in a new way?”
It does not matter what sixty-six percent of people do in any particular situation. All that matters is what you do.
“It does not matter what sixty-six percent of people do in any particular situation. All that matters is what you do.”
Humane storytelling is the way to advance society's understanding of #Autism as it has the potential to change people's hearts and minds.
“Humane storytelling is the way to advance society's understanding of #Autism as it has the potential to change people's hearts and minds.”
By separating the autism from the person, are we encouraging our patients' family members to love an imagined non-autistic child that was never born, forgetting about the real person who exists in front of us?
“By separating the autism from the person, are we encouraging our patients' family members to love an imagined non-autistic child that was never born, forgetting about the real person who exists in front of us?”
Showing kindness towards those who are different and embracing our imperfections as proof of our humanness is the remedy for fear.
“Showing kindness towards those who are different and embracing our imperfections as proof of our humanness is the remedy for fear.”
I believe everyone on the planet has their thing and, especially in my experience, autistic people all have a tremendous gift. It's a matter of finding that gift and nurturing it.
“I believe everyone on the planet has their thing and, especially in my experience, autistic people all have a tremendous gift. It's a matter of finding that gift and nurturing it.”
I see everything in color. I have synesthesia, which means that the part of my brain - that controls the senses - sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste ? are wired differently.
“I see everything in color. I have synesthesia, which means that the part of my brain - that controls the senses - sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste ? are wired differently.”