Image is a green background with a thin-lined patterned background. Words state "Making choices that are outside the usual lines is ok. It is good to hear from families that are finding ways to make respectful accommodations, who are ok with accepting their differences instead of hiding them. And I hope that we will hear from more and more of them. Naomi, www.facebook.com/RespectfullyConnected

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 […]

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 […]

Image is a word meme with rainbow-coloured text on a white background: I propose the possibility that, while we continue to force autistic people to jump through our hoops; while we continue to induce high anxiety in autistic people by trying to push them into certain scenarios; while we continue placing them into schools and therapy centres that are, by their very nature and structure, inappropriate for autistic people; while we continue using a non-autistic yardstick as a measure of success; while we continue to draw big conclusions based on outer markers over inner being; while we continue to allow non-autistic people to make important judgments and start research projects and write diagnostic criteria and design treatment models based upon their own neurology; while we continue to allow non-autistic people to stigmatise and stereotype being autistic; while we continue to believe that being autistic means that there is something &#39wrong&#39 with you - we have no real idea what autistic people are capable of.

Possibilities.

I am a mama in an unschooling family. If you haven’t heard of unschooling or don’t really know what it is, I will briefly describe the philosophy and base beliefs behind it. Unschooling believes that with an opportune and rich environment, and with involved and loving parents (or other caregivers), children will thrive and learn […]