Is autism a disability? I often get this question. In this blog post I give a shirt answer. … More Is autism a disability?
2O tips om mensen met autisme te helpen in de Coronacrisis. … More Autisme en het Coronavirus: 20 tips
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On the evening of Thursday 12th March I was about to check in at my hotel in Rotterdam when I got a message that the big autism conference of the next day (Friday 13th, how symbolic…) where I was supposed to speak was cancelled. My world and the world of many other people suddenly came … More What I’ve learned from a crazy year 2020
Happiness is something that individuals — both those with and those without autism spectrum disorder — strive to obtain. It is innate for all human beings to want joy and meaning in their lives. Happiness does not mean a life without problems since no life is exempt from challenges and difficulties. Happiness comes from accepting … More Autism and happiness: a new article
The main task of the human brain is to predict what will happen to us, so it can tell the rest of our body what to do to survive. Therefore, our brains crave predictability. The brain hates uncertainty because in moments of uncertainty the brain cannot do its job properly: protecting us and taking care … More Coping with uncertainty in times of Corona
Staycation ended. Strange holiday this year: have to wear a face mask when cycling next to the beach, stayed in my bubble of 5 people, no restaurant visits or BBQ’s with friends, having to fill in a form before I could have a scoop of ice with my grandson or a beer with my wife, … More Staycation ended. Back to work!
Although many countries are now relaxing the lockdown measures and rolling out a COVID-19 exit strategy, life will not completely go back to normal. Certain measures will remain in place, especially the social distancing measure (I prefer the term physical distancing). Although measures are now more relaxed and less difficult to follow, when we go … More How to Cope with People not Following the COVID-19 Guidelines
I received a questions from one of the Flemisch umbrella organisations for education: why are so many autistic children afraid when they see people wearing a mouth mask? In this short video I explain where the fear comes from and what we can do to help children who are getting anxious when seeing people wearing … More Autistic children afraid of people wearing mouth masks
Three weeks ago I launched the Corona LEGO challenge. Based on a Lego challenge I have been doing since a couple of months with colleague Kobe Vanroy and his son Lowie, I introduced the LEGO challenge to keep autistic (and other) children busy and stay connected in Corona times. Challenging their creativity (and their sense … More The Corona LEGO challenge