Word meme: Let’s not give our kids the message that there’s a difference between being nice to a typical person and a disabled person. That the latter makes them somehow a “hero” while the first is expected as the norm.

The myth of the martyr “autism sibling”

We have often written about the idea of the martyr parent or alternatively, the “warrior parent”- usually referring to a parent that launches a crusade against their child’s disability while painting themselves as somehow special or better than a typical parent. This type of parent will proudly wear a tshirt announcing their child’s disability, often proclaiming how their child is […]

text says: It is a bit of a dance, in a way, and we are learning, improving and becoming more co-ordinated as we go. We sometimes collide, we sometimes brush past a little awkwardly, we sometimes slip by gracefully. / michelle sutton / fb/respectfullyconnected

Meeting conflicting needs in our neurodiverse family

2 adults, 6 kids. Multiple neurodivergences. That’s my family. Bipolar, Autistic, Anxiety, Depression, Sensory Sensitivities, Sleep Challenges. We have variety. We have diversity. We have strengths and challenges. We have lots of different interests, lots of  different preferences. And we have many differing needs and a big range of coping strategies. As with most families, […]