Children with autism are often described as “visual learners” and said to “think in pictures”. Accordingly, teachers and therapists routinely prescribe picture-based communication systems in an effort to support their learning.
By Marita Beard (Heidi’s mum)
The Early Days
I first heard the label autism applied to my youngest daughter when she was 18-months old. We had moved house and it was our first visit to the maternal and child health nurse in our new suburb. She tried to get Heidi to mimic pouring a cup of tea. Heidi sat in the corner, with her back to us and banged the teapot against the wall. After meeting us for all of five minutes she asked, “Have you considered autism?”