I hate those business cards! I find them tacky! I have TWO children with Autism, and I would NEVER make someone "feel bad" by handing them a "autism card" after they give me the "evil eye!" People that are THAT judgmental don't DESERVE an explanation from me!
OP--Your niece cannot control her laughter...it's a self-stimulating (stim) behavior. Some autistics flap their hands, rock, or clap hands for no apparent reason. The movement is the way she either calms or expresses her feelings.
PECS or Picture Exchange Communication System are little cards that depict person, places, things, that the autistic person "exchanges" with their caregiver to communicate their wants and needs. Can also be used to teach life skills...like dressing, grooming, hygiene, following directions, establishing routines, etc. Helps to teach while lessening anxiety when they are not sure what to expect/what comes next.
at 4:54 PM on Apr. 14, 2009