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Face the truth: what you REALLY mean when you say “low-functioning”

I’m so freaking tired of people throwing around functioning labels. “High” functioning autism. “Low” functioning autism. “Moderately,” “mildly,” or “severely” affected by autism. Aside from the fact that these labels are arbitrary, divisive, imprecise, and inaccurate, they just don’t make sense.  As someone (not me) brilliantly stated, “Low functioning means that your strengths are ignored; […]

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Outside the lines.

We’re a neurodiverse family. The neurotypicals outnumber the neurodivergents, but we make up for it with sheer awesomeness and savage wit 😉 I have to admit though, even the neurotypicals in this household are oddballs, so our quirk level runs high. Our life looks a bit different from the outside too. I often don’t realise […]

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Welcome to Autism

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 […]

Losing My Way and Finding It Again

From birth, Charles has been a self-possessed, fiercely independent child with a lively sense of curiosity and a strong attachment to his family. I’ve always seen so much of myself in him and still do. He slept in bed with me and my husband Calvin for his first two years and beyond, and I enjoyed […]

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Found. Accepted. Valued.

It’s easy to feel scared for your kids when you realise they are Autistic. Pretty much everywhere you look in the mainstream media, on parent written blogs and in books by professionals calling themselves “Autism Experts” someone is referring to your child as disordered, a tragedy, a burden, difficult, part of an epidemic, or a […]