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, […]

“I 100% accept that my child is autistic but…..”

In my conversations with parents of autistic children, I’m noticing something interesting about the idea of acceptance. Some parents share that they completely accept that their child is autistic, but they go on to search with desperation for a solution to many of the behaviors that come with autism. I know the feeling of being desperate for things to be […]

Abstract image of a brain like shape with multi-coloured patterns and shapes attached to it and surrounding it. Artwork courtesy of Leif Prime

Empaths

On a number of occasions, I’ve come across the view that autistic people lack empathy. This is a popular view in mainstream therapeutic circles and the media and one that many families seem to absorb. Being autistic means some kind of problem empathizing. I’ve heard parents of autistic children comment that their child ‘didn’t grieve’ when a loved one died […]

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When support comes at a price

Let me tell you about a family in Australia, two parents and three children, a 4.5yo boy and 2yo twins. After much soul searching, research, thought and discussion, the family decide to homeschool their eldest child. One of the parents stays at home and commits to trying out homeschooling for a period of time. They will […]

Image of a small boy and his Grandmother walking together, taken from behind.

Family bonding, autistic style.

Like many autistic children, our son doesn’t do well in crowds. He’s at his best one-on-one and anything more than that tends to lead to sensory overload. This is particularly challenging when it comes to family get togethers. He enjoys wandering around the farm with his Granny or plodding around the retirement village with his […]

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Being free. Why we choose to homeschool our Autistic son.

Trigger Warning: Content includes references to abuse of children in schools, restrictive practices, restraint and seclusion The image of a little boy in a cage in an Australian school has been seared in to my mind this week. This UN World Autism Awareness Day (Autism Acceptance Day in our family) an inexcusable abuse of the […]