Text on meme reads: I will not require him to filter his reality through a lens that I dictate and approve of. Nor will I force him to cleaver off parts of himself and bury them deep inside.

Legends

As a child, legend has it I was ‘easy going’. I just ‘fit right in’ to the family and ‘didn’t cause any problems’. I just ‘went along with things’. Is that what my family thought? Looking at me from the outside, I can see that is what people might have thought. Inside was a different […]

four images of children - a child lies on a ground with chalk artwork, two children make letters from blocks, a child sits on a log looking at a creek, and a child and a parent are drawing on a tile together with charcoal. Words in the centre: we love unschooling

5 reasons we love unschooling

It is just over a year since we withdrew our eldest child from formal education because the stress was intolerable for him. I was tentative about our decision. As a successful ‘product’ of formal education, I had never considered homeschooling, let alone the child-lead unschooling adventure we have embarked on. But we did it because we had […]

The title text on a pink background: 10 autism interventions for families embracing the neurodiversity paradigm

10 ‘Autism Interventions’ for Families Embracing the Neurodiversity Paradigm

In most places, as soon as a child is identified as autistic, they are funnelled straight in to early intervention therapies. Based on a medical model of disability, these therapies see autistic children as disordered, and aim to change autistic children so that they will play, communicate and move more like their ‘typically developing’ peers. […]

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, […]