Uniquely Human: Chapter 12

Chapter 12: The Big Questions

“Instead of focusing on vague and imprecise labels, it’s better to focus on the child’s relative strengths and challenges and to identify the most beneficial supports” (221).


“In my experience, the best thing parents and educators can do for a child with autism is to get the child out in the world–with the appropriate supports” (224).


“For some, the key issue is control” (225).


“I have never met a person with autism who felt that being told of the diagnosis–or becoming aware of it over time–was a negative or damaging experience” (228).


“More time in therapy does not automatically mean better quality therapy” (231).


“[T]he motivation to learn to speak comes from success in communicating. The more a child is successful in relating to and connecting with others, even if it isn’t through speech, the more desire the child has to communicate in the way that most people do: through speech” (234).

As a speech-language pathology student, this quote stood out to me. But communication is important, regardless of if you’re on the spectrum or not! We have to be motivated to speak; and meaningful connections in our lives leads to a better quality of life.

“Just as with typical children, sibling relationships are complicated” (235).

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post and all of my posts on Uniquely Human by Barry Prizant. My wish is that when you encounter an individual with autism (if you haven’t already, you will), that you will keep all of the wisdom from this book in mind and that some of the ideas from this book can apply to you too as you go along on your happy and healthy adventure. 🙂 ❤



Prizant, B. (2015). Uniquely human: A different way of seeing autism. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster

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