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Autism as a Movement Difference (05:52)

Presenter: Anne Donnellan
Posted May 20, 2013

Anne Donnellan, after doing decades of intensive research with people labelled autistic, puts forward the claim that autism is a movement difference rather than a cognitive deficency. This perception has huge implications and exciting alternatives for behavioral support.

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Sometimes Communication is About Not Talking! (06:28)

Presenter: Anne Donnellan
Posted April 04, 2019

Anne Donnellan points out that many autistic individuals have atypical non-verbal communication which can lead non-autistic people to make inaccurate and harmful assumptions about that person's cognitive ability and competence.  Anne suggests that if we can change our way of communicating and avoid these erroneous presumptions, we can open up new avenues of authentic and respectful interaction with autistic individuals who struggle with language.

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Presume Competence (11:50)

Presenter: Anne Donnellan
Posted May 07, 2019

In this video, Anne discusses the importance and power of presuming competence and focusing on strengths and abilities.  Using examples from her own experience as a behavioural consultant, she offers two compelling stories illustrating how focusing on a person’s positive attributes can dramatically improve their quality of  life.

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Presenter Info
Anne Donnellan
3 Videos
Professor, Author

Anne Donnellan, Ph.D., has had a long time interest in autism and related disorders and is a Professional Advisory Panel member of the Autism Society of America as well as the Autism National Committee and TASH. She is the author/editor of numerous books and articles including the Handbook of Autism, Progress without Punishment andMovement Differences and Diversity in Autism and Mental Retardation.