My autism training was based in Applied Behavioral Analysis- data, fact and behavior. Then I went to a training by William Stillman last week. His work is based on assuming age equivalent intelligence and being attuned to the “exquisitely sensitive, inherently gentle” nature of people on the autism spectrum; including himself. His stories were of people who began to talk and experience calm simply by being acknowledged as the full humans that they are.
How do we make sure to always see the “intelligent, exquisitely sensitive and inherently gentle” human before the “behaviors”?