Category Archives: Hidden Curriculum

Meaningful Employment Project Needs Your Vote to Win a $25,000 State Farm Grant

Common Threads Family Resource Center in McFarland, Wisconsin, USA is a wonderful organization meeting the complex needs of individuals on the autism spectrum and other significant challenges. I  work for and have been connected with Common Threads for many years and am so happy to let you know we have been selected as one of the 200 finalists in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist® program! Our submission, along with the other finalists, are live on Facebook and anyone who gets the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook application can log on and vote for our cause. I am asking you to please vote for our MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT project, but first, let me tell you a bit about this venture.

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The BIG Deal About Small Talk

As an adult with autism small talk is the most difficult of all communication and yet it is likely the most important communication skill when it comes to developing real relationships with other human beings.

I think of small talk as all the word fluff that people “lacking” autism (love to say it that way!) seem to require. I was reminded again last night when a dear friend popped out to chat online with me. Here is how our conversation started:

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An Odyssey: Learning the Hidden Curriculum

Learning the hidden curriculum social rules of society remains a struggle for autistics long after they grow up. For example, even though I am an almost 60-year-old woman with autism, over the past few years, I have learned a lot of new-to-me hidden curriculum items. The hidden curriculum refers to all the social information that everybody seems to know but isn’t directly taught to anybody. Here’s an example:

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