top of page
Providing Support to Bridge the Gap Between Autistics & Non-Autistics
It is time to listen to Autistics, learn how different brains learn, and use a framework that teaches one to LEARN and not just comply.
Browse our videos below to learn valuable information.
Making Sense of Autism
Why I Developed the NSBSA Framework: A Personal Journey of Empowering Autistics
"I didn't grow up feeling as I was understood. I was valued, but I was only valued when I did what other people wanted or expected." Learn more about why Susan developed the Neuro-Strengths-Based Support for Autism framework. For additional information, go to www.makingsenseofautism.com If you are ready to dive in for more information, check out this FREE webinar, Changing to a Neuro-Strengths-Based Support for Autism : https://making-sense-of-autism.thinkific.com/courses/changing-to-NSBSA
PDA: Pathological Demand Avoidance
"People make expectations, and because of the fluctuating state of arousal and inconsistent connections, I can't always meet that expectation." Listen to Susan's perspective and experience of demand avoidance. Want to learn more about autism from an autistic? Subscribe to our channel and check out more information at www.makingsenseofautism.com
Strengths VS Superpower
🌟 Dive into a thought-provoking discussion in our latest YouTube video as Susan and Staci explore the nuanced world of strengths and superpowers. Some individuals hesitate to label their strengths as superpowers, and we're here to delve into why that is (we understand the misconception or different perspective) 😕 Do you ever feel uneasy about calling your strengths "superpowers"? You're not alone. Join us as we tackle the common reservations people have and offer insights on embracing the extraordinary within yourself without the expectation of having to use your strength. 🛑 We'll address the stigma around the term "superpowers" and provide alternative perspectives that empower you to recognize the unique qualities that make you exceptional. Learn how reframing your mindset can lead to a more confident and fulfilling understanding of your capabilities. 🔗 Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below! Let's build a supportive community where everyone can feel comfortable exploring and expressing their individual strengths. 🔔 Don't forget to subscribe for more engaging discussions on personal development, self-discovery, and empowerment. Hit the like button if you resonate with our message, and share this video with anyone who might benefit from this empowering conversation. Also, visit www.makingsenseofautism.com for more tips and tools! #Strengths #Superpowers #SelfAcceptance #Empowerment #PersonalGrowth #MindsetShift #OwnYourStrengths #CommunitySupport #EmbraceYourPotential
When you see "behaviors" BUT its really dysregulation
Think about the commonly used Iceberg image where on the surface you see a behavior but underneath it is really dysregulation, anxiety, lack of sleep, health issues, etc. Listen to Susan and Staci talk about WHAT to do when you see this behavior to learn #1 what you should do INSTEAD of getting mad, reacting, or even worse punishing. For more information from Susan, go to www.makingsenseofautism.com If you like the information Susan shares, please hit "subscribe"!
How to support conversation when autistics WANT the support
Difference DOES NOT mean disorder. Conversation is a way people connect. Coordinating the breath, thinking of the words to say, and reading other people's non-verbal expressions require a lot of effort. "Why would I want to put that much effort into talking about something that doesn't interest me?" ~ Susan Listen to Susan's perspective on conversation. Want a free tool to determine what skills an autistic invidiual wants to learn about social communication? Go to www.makingsenseofautism.com
Behaviors & where they come from
Negative behaviors are often described as aggression toward someone else or toward oneself. The question is, where did it come from, what caused it? Listen to Susan share her experience as well as what research says about emotions and behaviors you may see in autistic individuals. The answer may surprise you! "We saw less meltdowns and less aggression immediately" is a common comment Making Sense of Autism hears from families they coach. If you would like to learn more about our coaching services or to apply, go to www.makingsenseofautism.com
Social Stories - From the Autistic Perspective
Social Stories are a wonderful visual tool to use for Autistic children (really all children). BUT when the story is created through the Neurotypical lens it may work but at the expense of an Autistic not being able to be their authentic self. ALSO, they don't really learn WHY or the perspective of the Neurotyipcal person. Susan describes how to create a social story through the Autistic lens so it makes sense to the Autistic individual, doesn't shame them or make them change who they are, it truly teaches the skill/function. To learn more from Making Sense of Autism go to www.makingsenseofautism.com. We offer training, parent coaching, and many other great tools to support Autistic Individuals!
bottom of page