Even though I know better, sometimes it’s hard not to feel like a failure. Kids get older. Things change. People change, and circumstances change. It’s never easy – this type of parenting. But it gets so complicated as the children grow. It’s so different; a big change. I’m autistic. I don’t like change. I’m scared […]
I’m hoping that I am not the only parent who some days feels a little terrified when they take their children grocery shopping, to a doctors appointment, or another public place where children are supposed to behave in certain angelic ways. Eeeeeeeek!
My children are neurodivergent and so they find new environments with lots of people, certain smells, fluorescent lights, and other new sensory experiences very stressful.
I want to introduce you to my son. Five feet seven inches with dark chocolate skin, even darker eyes, and the sweetest smile you’ve ever seen. He doesn’t say a whole lot, but when he has something to say you can tell he has carefully chosen his words. He feels deeply; he’s the child who, […]
Parenting has its ups and downs. Parenting neurodivergent children without supports and in a world made for neurotypical people can feel very overwhelming. You might sometimes struggle with hard weeks that become months that wear you down. Feeling like you are constantly lurching from one family crisis to the next. Feeling like you have no […]
Most of the opinions I hear surrounding neurodivergent people, centre around the idea that they should be working toward functioning, living, and acting like a neurotypical person would. There is talk of how this can be done, of what ‘works’ or doesn’t. People swap techniques over cokes or cappuccinos, at parks and playgroups, and in […]
“He seems so much… better,” she commented, smiling at my son. We were at a small get-together with someone we hadn’t seen for six months. Better than… what I wondered? Better than when he used AAC full-time to communicate? When he could use his talker to tell us about Thomas, ask for ice cream for […]