The Language of Special Ed and Adult Autism
Dr. Naomi Wolf: Inside the (Covid) Beast

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B0358D81-D92B-4FDA-8BE5-0A3A584BAA49Progress sometimes comes one - leg - at - a - time.

I snapped this photo yesterday morning. You see a woman with gorgeous hair wearing a pink top and khaki shorts, while holding her stack of papers filled with hundreds of tiny snapshots printed, cut and taped from YouTube. I see a woman who is NOT wearing denim shorts for the first time!!   Miss M wears a magenta pink top and jeans or jean shorts every day of the year. It's her uniform. And I'm fine with it. Every so often, I tempt fate and try to "encourage" another sartorial choice. Instead of holding open denim shorts, I grabbed a pair of her sister's khaki shorts and hoped for the best.  Like a hot knife through butter - she slide in one leg then the other. Yeah, she gave me a jaundiced eye as she did so - but... KHAKI SUCCESS!  She didn't complain or protest!




I am a young adult with autism and tags ans heavy seams bother me. Many people without autism hate the feel of tags and heavy seams so to make consumers more comfortable many clothes manufacturers got rid of the tags in the last decade. These clothing manufacturers just stamped their trademark information and the more important washing and handling instructions inside the back of the shirt. The young lady in the picture could try and wear clothes made mostly or fully out of cotton as I have been doing especially since I moved to a hotter area a few years ago the heat from polyester and spandex fabric makes my underwear area especially uncomfortable.


I just had a thought. I wonder what her response would be if you showed her a picture of herself wearing a different outfit by using Photoshop to insert her head/face. Can she relate a 2-D picture to 3-D reality of the same thing? This might give you clues to her unique perception. Clothing "style" may have no relatable meaning for her. It's just something you "do".

One of mine did not understand what art was. Creativity was always encouraged in my home school. I always had an easily accessible art table for them filled with paint brushes, watercolor paint, markers, paper, etc. They did creative projects daily- most were child driven. All three spontaneously started to draw comic strips after endlessly reading their elder brother's cartoon book collections. Much of their inspiration came from some of their video game characters. I just assumed that they understood what art was. One day I stumbled upon a high school writing assignment written by the son who went to college. He described not really understanding what art was until we visited Athens, Greece. We learned about the ancient technology used to build the Parthenon. He was fascinated with the Ionic columns and picked out a small replica of one for his souvenir. After returning home, he studied it and replicated it in his 3-D drawing program which he had already begun to teach himself. The linking of art to technology clicked in his mind. He could translate what he saw visually into "pixels" representing reality. He took this insight and was able to translate it into graphics programing skills learned in college. WHO KNEW? We have AMAZING CHILDREN!


Miss M is a Minimalist trendsetter!

I am fascinated with "her stack of papers filled with hundreds of tiny snapshots printed, cut and taped from YouTube." I think you have mentioned this activity previously. Do you have any insight to the significance of this activity for her?

Cat Jameson

The first thing I noticed was Miss M was not wearing dark shorts. Those shorts are tan! Wow!


Kim-That's GREAT to see that she accepted a different color shorts instead of her usual jeans shorts! My son is the same way and wants to wear the same clothes all the time. You must be very happy and proud of her. God Bless our special adults with autism.

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