A storm like Sandy teaches many lessons. In my tiny corner of the world 3000 miles from Sandy comes reinforcement of my mantra, that an assumption is often no more than an uneducated guess. I’ve gotten several emails asking if I’m safe after the storm. I am, because I live in Oregon. Over the years, many people have “assumed that someone like you would live on the East Coast.” Why is that? They never have a substantive answer. This is a relatively benign assumption but many, especially those made about our children are not, and it demands that we become aware at all times of our own tendencies toward assumption. Nearly every day I’m talking someone out of an unsupported assumption; my books are diatribes against unfounded assumption. 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Aspereger’s calls our tendency toward assumption into question 29 times throughout the text, Ten Thing Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, 18 times, and Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew, 17 times.
What do you assume? What do people assume about you, your child or your student. Share your thoughts on my Facebook page.
Let’s bust a few here. Give us one you’ve had to confront.