I’ve read a few comments on various social networking sites from parents who are hesitant to pursue a diagnosis for their child because they worry about them being ‘labelled’ as autistic. I remember feeling that way myself when considering what was best for my 3 year old son. I’m no fan of the medical model, […]
About Leia Solo
Leia and her neurodiverse family live in Australia, where they enjoy sharing special interests together and very occasionally venturing out to quiet places. Leia is a social worker, academic and founding member of Autistic Families International.
Entries by Leia Solo
I’ve heard it said before that for adults with a new diagnosis of autism, it takes time to learn how to be autistic. My family is on this journey at the moment. For 35 and 43 years respectively, my husband and I did not know we were autistic. Instead, we knew we were different. This […]
I read a really helpful blog post a while back that highlighted the top 10 pieces of advice that a mother of an autistic child wished to pass on to parents with a newly diagnosed autistic child. My son was diagnosed just one month ago and I wanted to share my own top tips in […]
My family has secrets. I think most families probably do. From my late great grandmother all the way down to my teenager daughter, we look like a bunch of really accomplished women making our way in the world. Our matriarchal line is strong and few would guess at our secrets. The truth is, between us, […]
If you’ve ever Googled ‘autism’ you will probably have felt overwhelmed with the amount of information available. You’ll read words like ‘disorder’, ‘impairment’ and ‘developmental delay’. You’ll read that some of the really big funded organisations speak about the ‘trauma’ of parenting a child with autism and the need for research to investigate a ‘cure’. […]