People on the autistic spectrum are not broken – they do not need fixing. They have their own unique gifts and talents and they have the right to retain their beautiful uniqueness.
Often, though, what these individuals want is an understanding – they want to have a sense of self, to be able make sense of the world and relate positively to others.
It is widely agreed that individuals on the autistic spectrum do not undergo childhood development at the same harmonious rate that their non-autistic counterparts do. They may be extraordinarily developed in one particular area whilst considerably challenged in another.
[Cited from Davis Autism International website]
Ron Davis defines three childhood development stages that ‘neurotypical’ people naturally go through:
The Davis Autism Approach is Ronald Davis’s way of providing a type of road map for an autistic individual to be able move through these three stages in a way that is harmonious with their way of being.