Good Evening from Iceland!
Today was an exciting day, filled with a walking tour of Reykjavik and my speaking event with the Icelandic Autism Society!
Before the walking tour I went to Hallgrímskirkja, the famous Lutheran Church that overlooks the city. There was a tower to climb with great city views.
The troll photo wasn’t at the church, I just thought it seemed fun.
The walking tour was very informative. We started at the parliament building and walked around central downtown.
After my tour I came back to the hostel to relax before my evening speaking event.
Right before the speaking event, I went to dinner with some of the staff and board members of the Icelandic Autism Society, which was very nice.
The speaking event was great and I had many great questions from audience members, including what might be some good suggestions for parents or family members to connect with their kids or people they know on the autism specturm. My advice was to take an active interest in what the person on the specturm likes to do. My universal example is Legos. If your person likes to play with Legos and build things, do that with them. It shows them that you are interested in what they are interested in. Also, it shows that they matter to you. Simple advice, but I find it works.
The day was a great success and I’m very happy I had the opportunity to come to Iceland and speak about autism.
Tomorrow my trip ends and I head back to Fargo. I’ll do some brief sightseeing in the morning until my afternoon flight.