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Putting the brakes on

Some people are dismissive of the Neurodiversity Paradigm and feel it’s a glitter bombing of all things autism. It clearly isn’t. And sometimes things are really hard. But we can handle this with respect to the person who is having a difficult time and support everyone. I wanted to share what we do whilst riding […]

Food, food, food.

by Cas Faulds I see many parents of autistic children complaining (or worse, mocking) their children’s limited diets. This is not ok. As someone who experiences a wide range of texture issues when it comes to eating (mashed potatoes, most definitely no thank you!), it’s not ok to: Force your children to eat something that […]

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, […]

You Asked: What do you do when children don’t like brushing teeth, bathing or other self care activities?

This is the first in a series of four posts in response to your questions about parenting and caring for Autistic children. (All of the ‘You Asked’ series of posts can be found here). Our Respectfully Connected authors respond here based on our own experiences and knowledge. All of our families are different, but you will […]

Don’t you DARE call my Autistic son a “sissy”

(This post is the second in a three part installment. The first part appears here.) “Don’t you DARE call my Autistic son a “sissy!” These are the words that I wish I had uttered a few days ago. It was a sunny, beautiful Saturday afternoon – made even more beautiful by the fact that it was […]

What makes a good mom?

There’s an aspect of my path to acceptance that I’ve been reflecting on lately. While accepting Sophie as autistic and different was relatively easy, the other part of that was substantially more difficult- accepting myself as her mom. Let me explain that. Motherhood in the age of social media is a loaded affair. We are […]