More of what he needs….less of what he doesn’t

My son doesn’t like noise, traffic, crowds, busyness, unexpected things happening or neighbours. He’s lived his whole 4 and a half years in the inner city, which is filled with all of the above. He’s spent months at a time preferring to stay inside our house, at times refusing to venture even into our back […]

Our busy is different

My family’s busy looks different. Neurodivergent family members require lots of downtime and space around activities that leave them tired, wired and all peopled out. We chose to unschool as part of realising that the school life wasn’t suited to us, and wouldn’t meet our needs. I get this, I’m getting this much better these […]

Who’s suffering?

Recently, I have joined the long list of parents of autistic children who have to consider whether or not to medicate their child with psychotropic medications. Psychotropic medications alter chemical levels in the brain and impact on mood and behaviour. These medications have brand names like Prozac, Lovan, Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, Risperdal and others. Many […]

25 Ways to Make Homeschooling More Accessible

Previously I wrote an open letter to the homeschooling community about how there is a widespread lack of support and accommodations for disabled homeschoolers in general. Many people commented in support of the piece, adding that they had had similar experiences, and some even said that they had simply resigned themselves to being excluded. However, there […]

The Importance of No

CW: Compliance training, mention of abuse. Compliance is a word that many autistic people and parents of autistic children automatically associate with behavioral therapy such as ABA, but in fact a lot of everyday parenting and teaching hinges on behaviorism with compliance as a goal. Sticker charts for various tasks or for “good behavior,” withholding privileges […]