Nicole McLain, director of The School for Asperger’s/HFA at Trident Academy, will now be writing a monthly column in Something Special Magazine. Her first column will appear in the magazine’s fall issue.
“My passion is helping others to understand autism in the way that I do,” McLain says. “The more that I can merge the gap in comprehending the diverse worlds (autism spectrum vs neurotypical), the better I sleep at night. This column is one step to helping others understand.”
McLain was one of the first autism specialists in Kansas, has logged more than 2,000 hours working with students on the autism spectrum, worked in more than 100 schools and is an autism columnist for Examiner.com. She received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology and is currently finishing her M.S. in School Psychology and her Ed.S. degrees. Read more about Nicole McLain.
McLain says the answer by a child with autism to the question “What do you feel makes your life different than your peers?” changed her life forever.
“His answer was profound…insightful…powerful. He said I’ve been waiting for someone to ask me that, Ms. Nicole. Place yourself in a foreign country where you don’t understand the language being spoken or the cultural values. Now, imagine yourself in that same place where everything is amplified. Noises, Tastes, Touch, Smells. Add on an inability to self-regulate and an intense power to think about all things concretely, but not so much abstractly. It’s a hard life to live, Ms. Nicole.”
That was the day McLain says she actually felt how difficult it was to live with autism. She has since spent her career taking advantage of opportunities like magazine columns to help others understand the challenges.
Something Special Magazine is distributed in Georgia (Savannah, Pooler, Macon, Atlanta) and South Carolina (Charleston).
Reach Nicole McLain at firstname.lastname@example.org.