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One thing I wish they told parents

Amidst a huge volume of information and advice about how we can support our children to thrive, people forget to tell parents to explore our own neurodivergence. It’s a simple thing that can create so much change for our families. It has for mine. Parents of neurodivergent children (autistic, dyslexic, active-brained, bipolar, anxious etc), take […]

Who’s suffering?

Recently, I have joined the long list of parents of autistic children who have to consider whether or not to medicate their child with psychotropic medications. Psychotropic medications alter chemical levels in the brain and impact on mood and behaviour. These medications have brand names like Prozac, Lovan, Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, Risperdal and others. Many […]

Come back home and rest

Once, my family life looked like this: two working parents, one child in kindergarten, playgroup, soccer, music, and playdates with friends in-between. We were stressed, we were exhausted, we were constantly melting down, and we were taking medication to cope. We are all neurodivergent. Identifying and understanding our neurodivergence has created space for some significant […]

Spectrum Dweller

I’m an autistic woman. I have a long history of depression, and some hefty anxiety issues. Combine that with my sensory processing issues and some periodic insomnia, and it means that in addition to NinjaGirl’s stuff we need to find ways of accommodating my stuff that makes the family work. It’s a balancing act that we don’t always […]

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 […]